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Stacking Up?

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message 1: by Ashley (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:06PM) (new)

Ashley (readerandwriter) One thing I love to do is keep a stack of books, in the order I want to read them. I'm good for the next couple of months. How about you? You like to stack up?

message 2: by Lori (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:06PM) (new)

Lori (tnbbc) I tend to only buy three books ahead of myself. If I buy too many, I get readers anxiety and try to rush through each novel.... or I get into that "Oh, hell.. I'll never get thru all those.. I may as well not even start!" mode.

Three seems to be the highest I let that pile go. Plus, that gives me a little time to find my next three "to reads". I try not to let my list get too long either. Dont ask why, becuase I have no idea!

message 3: by Rachael (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:06PM) (new)

Rachael | 23 comments When I was in school, I would stack up for the summer.

message 4: by Robbie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:06PM) (new)

Robbie Bashore I get caught up in buying just one extra book on-line so I can qualify for free shipping. I keep the "to-read" books on a table next to my bed, usually not neatly stacked nor in any particular order. Once I've finished a book, I'll see what mood I'm in for next. I have long stretches of time when I (gasp!) don't have time to read. My buying slows down during those periods, and that tends to keep my stash in check.

message 5: by Chessie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:06PM) (new)

Chessie | 2 comments Well sad to say I have more than one stack. I justify reading more than one book at a time by saying its like changing the tv channel. So I have a few different stacks of what's next. For now it's three main categories. One stack for my current interest in evolution, another for math review, and third for novels in Italian. The Italian fiction is mostly what I consider junk books but are good for improving my language skills without huge effort, and they consist of mystery novels, Stephen King type books, and even romance novels! I never thought a romance novel could be put to good use but the language is so simple that it makes it easy to improve when learning a foreign language. Sometimes its good to stock up when there's a sale on books, and others are good to stock up on so you don't forget which book you wanted to read next. I often pick books based on citations in the nonfiction books I like that I'm currently reading.

message 6: by Meredith (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:06PM) (new)

Meredith Watson | 37 comments I have a stack of around 30 'to read' books by my bed right now. This is as out of control as it's ever been. There used to be only 5-10 in that stack but then I discovered library book sales, where the prices are too good to pass up anything you might be interested in. I feel a little bit of 'readers anxiety' as Lori mentioned. I'll tell myself 'no more buying' until the stack gets smaller but then B&N will send me a coupon for something I want, lol. I usually put the newer books on top, as like Robbie said above, the next book just depends on what mood I'm in.

message 7: by Tiffany (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:07PM) (new)

Tiffany | 14 comments I used to keep my to-read books in a stack (There's something very satisfying about seeing a stack of things get smaller. It's a sense of accomplishment). Then one became two. Then two became two and a drawer. Now it's four stacks, one drawer, and one bookcase. Too many books to read!

message 8: by Caroline (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:07PM) (new)

Caroline My to-read "stack" has gotten crazily out of control. I have a large row on top of my desk, and about 5 additional piles on the other free space of my desk (luckily, it's a large desk!). It's hard not to have huge piles of books sitting around for me, since working in a bookstore makes every day a temptation.

I've actually gotten better about buying everything in sight, but only slightly. I tell myself I have to read X books before I allow myself to buy one, that number currently being 3. It usually works for me, and the number changes based on how close the piles are to attacking people.

I'd estimate there's at least 50, probably a good deal more. I've never wanted to count, really, because it'd probably just scare me. ^^; Luckily, my husband's a reader, so he doesn't mind the house full of unread books.

message 9: by ScottK (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:07PM) (new)

ScottK Ah stacking ..yeah I do it ...I now have 2 stacks on my nightstand and another stacked on top of my book case ....sheeesh.

message 10: by Kate (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:08PM) (new)

Kate | 18 comments I don't have book shelves, so my books are stacked around my house - on tables, flanking my television. I am getting so many, they have started to take over my bedroom floor.

My to-read stack is actually divided into three stacks. It is daunting. And yet, I still love my weekly trips to Barnes and Noble.

message 11: by Darren (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:08PM) (new)

Darren | 42 comments At the moment I have 3 small stacks to read, and 2 boxes! The ones in the boxes are the sequels that I don't have the first ones to yet, every few months go on a binge book buy. For the last 2 years the amount 'to read' hasn't really dropped below 100!!

message 12: by Rachel (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:09PM) (new)

Rachel i'm a total stacker. i usually have at least 8 in the stack at all times, rotating them in and out. i only read one book at a time, and sometimes when i get stuck on a book i don't really want to finish i look at my stack and think "well, i better finish, because i really want to get to that next book."

message 13: by Ellis (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:09PM) (new)

Ellis | 49 comments I HAVE to stack--I'm such a visual person that "out of sight is out of mind"--if I don't have them where I can see them, I'll forget to read them. And it's completely out of control. I just counted for fun--48. YIKES!! And I still bought 2 new books at B&N last night (so I guess that makes 50). I really need to find a Bibliophiles Anonymous goup. :)

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