A New Way to Tackle the TBR Pile

If you’re like me, Squiders, (and I suspect you are to some extent) you have a ton of books sitting around, waiting to be read. Physical books, ebooks, books you were super excited for and yet have not touched, books your sister loaned to you over a year ago–books. Everywhere.

The choice of what to read next can be overwhelming. Do you want funny or poignant? Scifi, fantasy, romance, mystery, or something else? New book? Classic?

I think I’ve come up with a plan. I’m going to go shelf to shelf, left to right. I have three six-and-a-half-foot tall bookcases in my office, plus a fourth in the basement. I’m going to pick a book off the top, leftmost bookcase shelf, read it, then move down a shelf, and then again, until I finish that bookcase. One book per shelf, for now. And then on to the next bookcase.

It’s completely arbitrary and weird, I admit. And it might not work, because I have my shelves vaguely organized (though mostly by size and not genre) and there might not be anything on a particular shelf that sounds good at that moment in time. But organization, even random organization, makes me feel like I’m accomplishing things.

I started this morning (Tuesday morning, for you reading this now) with Erik Larson’s The Devil in the White City, which is a nonfiction account of the 1893 Chicago World Fair. (The top shelf is purely nonfiction.)

How do you tackle your TBR, Squiders? What do you think of my new system? Brilliant? Bizarre? At my current rate of 4 books a month, assuming I don’t read any library books or books I’m hoarding elsewhere (*cough*), it’ll take me 7 months to get through all four bookcases.

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