As a couple of you might know, I’ve decided to try to do the whole spreadsheet tracking thing this year. Part of the setup is entering your total TBR books, a number I lost control of a couple of years ago during the Great BookLikes Crises. Having been on crutches the last three months, I haven’t been able to walk around and count them, either, and it seemed way too cheeky to ask MT to do it for me, not to mention the TBR range spans across at least three rooms.
I’m still on crutches, but with more energy, and I’m bored to tears with seeing the books on my bedside TBR bookcase, so this weekend I decided to tackle the counting in stages and at the same time incorporate some swapping of the stock, so to speak, in the hope that some “new” titles next to the bed will re-invigorate my reading. I started yesterday with the medium sized bookshelf located in my lounge room. This room is down a small set of floating stairs from the rest of the house so I only get to spend time in it when MT is here. I’m good on the crutches, but it seems like a Very Bad Idea to tackle floating (highly varnished) stairs when I’m alone in the house.
I pulled the books off and re-arranged them, setting aside the ones that made me go “ooh” or “hmm”. The set-aside pile came to 26 books:
A couple of these are ‘read-in-a-day’ reference type books I can easily process off the pile, and in fact, I’ll be posting a review of the first one after I finish this post. Of the rest, 2 immediately caught my attention, and I started reading them yesterday:
by Eivind Undheim, Ronald Jenner
Publication Date: October 1, 2017
Genre: Natural Science, Science
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
One Day: The Extraordinary Story Of An Ordinary 24 Hours In America
by Gene Weingarten
Publication Date: October 22, 2019
Publisher: Blue Rider Press
One Day I’ve only read as far as the introduction but was completely absorbed by what I was reading – I’m expecting to enjoy it, especially as I like these snap-shot looks at history; Venom is going to be a bit of science-candy, I think; the introduction feels like it’s aimed at the more urban reader with less practical experience with the venomous side of life, but it’s fully illustrated and seems like a good warm-up to tackling the slightly more in-depth Venomous by Christie Wilcox, also in that pile.
This morning, I pulled 20-ish books off my large bed-side TBR bookshelf and MT will haul those into the lounge to take residence on the medium sized shelf. They’re still titles I want to read, but I’m so used to seeing, my eyes glide right over them. The stacks above will take their place in the bedroom, doing their bit to shake up my visual field. I’ll also tally up the books on both shelves for my spreadsheet, which will leave me only with 2 smallish shelves in the library, of mostly MM Paperbacks, and then I’ll finally be able to more accurately track my efforts to whittle down my TBR. I hope.