Saturday, January 2, 2016

Okay, So I'll Tell You...

2016 Reading Challenge 


...How Many Books Are On My TBR List!


I don't know why I feel so ashamed to admit this, but today I wrote down and counted all of the books on my TBR list, and the grand total is 270. Is that normal?!?

Maybe it is. IS it?!?

Leave me a comment and tell me how many are on your list or in your pile. Let me know that I'm not alone!!

Okay, so once I'd counted all of them, I sorted them in genres and sub-genres, and found that the books on my list run the gamut of categories for fiction and non-fiction. Then I picked out the one I'm going to read first.  It may seem like a strange choice, but my first read is going to be a very old book called Virginia of Elk Creek Valley by Mary Ellen Chase, published in 1917.

Several years ago I did some OCR editing for Distributed Proofreaders for Project Gutenberg which digitizes books and other papers that are in the public domain and makes them available to read free online. One of the first books I helped to proof was Virginia of Elk Creek Valley. I proofed bits and pieces of it, but not the whole thing. It was a well-written little book and reminded me of books I liked to read when I was a child. I have meant, ever since I did the proofing, to read the book as soon as it was finished being digitized, but never got around to it. It seems rather fitting to make it my first book of the year.

If you haven't signed up for the 2016 Reading Challenge yet, you can click on the image below to do so.
Now I need to set aside some time each week to read blogs, particularly other bloggers who are doing this reading challenge. 

Happy Reading!

~ ~ Lori 



Beth said...

I'm not even going to try to count them. I'm certain that just my hard copies here in the house exceed that number. Then there are the Kindle books I've downloaded, the ones available through the Kindle lending library, and the hard copy/Kindle books I've added to my list via our library.

And I just ordered ten more used books through Better World Books today!

Lori said...

That makes me feel so much better, Beth. Although, in all honesty, I really figured YOU would have more TBR books than I have. I'm not sure you would fall in the "normal" category here. :) But, hey, maybe WE ARE the normal ones. Maybe most people have more than 200 books to be read in their possession or on a list. Perhaps I'm just out of touch with reality when it comes to this issue. And if I am, it's because I don't read as much as I did only a few years ago. Not so long ago I rarely had many TBR books because I was keeping up with reading them. I think I'm getting old.

Haraiah said...

I have more than 200 in my physical TBR alone though a lot of them are sequels to series that I haven't started yet nor own the previous books.

Good luck to your challenge!

The Overseer said...

I'm totally not counting my TBR books, either. So, whatever number you came up with is completely normal to me! (thanks for dropping by my blog and commenting!)