TBR List Declutter Week 24

Well, it’s Thanksgiving in the United States, but I’m not celebrating it as I usually do. I’m not going to tell you how I’m celebrating it because I’m writing this three weeks ago, and I’m not sure yet how I’m celebrating it. I’ll have to leave you in suspense until a future post. My eight-year-old would call that a cliffhanger.

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TBR List Declutter Week 23

It’s the week before Thanksgiving in the U.S., but as I’m writing this, it’s only November 4. It’s a kind of lame sort of time travel, but it’s all I’ve got. Well, I guess I could do the opposite and write a blog post today and then date it in the past. Then I can predict the future. Or I guess I’m kind of doing that in this post, predicting what I’m going to cut from my TBR and what I’m going to keep in two weeks. I never really thought of just how powerful I am on my own blog. Welcome to my kingdom. (Queendom? Realm? Domain? Fiefdom?) I’m a benevolent ruler, so I’ll let you choose your own tribute.

Wondering what this is all about (Aren’t we all right about now?)? Check out the introductory post.

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TBR List Declutter, Issue 22

For me, this November is a month packed with so many fun things. I’m scheduling several weeks in advance, so if something really big happens and I fail to mention it, that’s why. Well, something big besides more books disappearing from my TBR.

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TBR List Declutter, Issue 21

According to my handy graph, November for me is the start of two months of increased TBR growth. Will I be able to make it to the first of the year without completely sabotaging my TBR Declutter? Ah, the suspense!

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TBR List Declutter, Issue 20

Today I reached title number 200! Only 550 to go! (Putting it that way takes some of the wind from my sails, even with the exclamation points.)

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TBR List Declutter, Issue 19

I’m gearing up for this weekend’s Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon. Right now, I think none of the books in my readathon stack are from my TBR list. Typical.

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TBR List Declutter, Issue 18

Odd. I usually have a few things to say before I jump into the list, but I’m drawing a blank today. (Actually, I have lots of things on my mind, but I don’t want to share any of them with the Internet. It’s nothing personal; they’re just not ready to be shared yet.)

So, let’s just get to the books.

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TBR List Declutter, Issue 17

Going through this list, I started wondering if there’s a month in which I’m most likely to add titles or if they’re fairly evenly distributed throughout the year. So, I crunched some numbers (instead of, you know, reading the books on my list) and here’s what I came up with:

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This chart represents the average number of titles I’ve added each month from when I joined Goodreads in September 2007 until 31 August 2017. It’s not totally accurate since it doesn’t include titles I’ve already scrapped via this most recent TBR declutter nor does it include the many titles I scrapped during various declutter-fests over the past ten years, but it gives a decent idea of when I’ve added books.

Based on this chart, it looks like March is the clear winner, with November and December essentially tying for second place.

Now that I’ve got the chart, what is the significance of these data? What am I doing in March (and November and December) that makes me add so many books to my TBR? Just like with the number of licks to the center of a Tootsie Pop, the world may never know.

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Titles 161-170: Read More

TBR List Declutter, Issue 16

Last week I mentioned my plan to think about making a plan to speed this declutter up a little. I’m still mulling on that plan to plan, and I’ve not gotten much closer than to look slack-jawed at the master spreadsheet I have of all of my TBRs and think, “I’m going to be 42 years old before this project is done.”

Act in haste, repent at leisure, the sages say—or rather, “married in haste, we may repent at leisure,” per William Congreve in 1693, who likely modified his version from Shakespeare, who is the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon of English aphorisms (if Six Degrees of William Shakespeare isn’t already an English major game, it really should be). Whatever the saying, I’m neither hastily marrying nor hastily making more changes to my TBR List Declutter.

Actually, I have made one tiny change. You might have noticed that the title of this post says “Issue 16” rather than “Week 16.” That’s so I have the leeway to publish more than one declutter post a week, should I decide to plan on making that part of my speed-up plan.

Wondering what this is all about? (I think we’re all a bit confused by now.) Check out the introductory post.

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TBR List Declutter Week 15

Another week, another batch of titles!

I wonder if I should start posting ten titles twice a week to get through the list faster. I do feel like I have some momentum now, and I’m actually starting to read from my TBR, so maybe this project of mine is working. But I don’t want to be too hasty about implementing a plan that will increase my weekly workload unless I’m fairly confident I’ll be able to keep up with it. I’ll mull it over.

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