Tackling the TBR

The Journey Begins...

The greatest horror of owning an e-reader is the ability to amass an incredibly long queue of books to be read. I had to add extra shelves on Goodreads to tier my TBR based on how much I want to read a book. That has not done me much good.

So, what am I going to do about my personal library crisis? I'm going to tackle my TBR one book at a time.

Liz and I will be "Tackling the TBR" in hopes of making a dent and justifying our habits. We're entering our TBR vaults in search of lost souls. Some books have been sitting in the catacombs so long we don't even remember putting them there (let alone one-clicking them). Join us as we rescue forgotten titles and finally attempt to make a dent in the never-ending beast known as the TBR list.

Our journey will be tough but we're hoping to have your help. We need accountability and strength in numbers (I know you have a long TBR, too). Think of it as Weight Watchers for your Kindle.

I don't believe in resolutions but I do believe in goals. One of the things I am embarrassed to admit is how many books I have on my TBR. At this point, I still don't know how many I have, but I have two immediate goals pertaining to my TBR:
1. Find out how many books I have on my TBR List.
2. Stop adding to it.
I continue to make strides cataloging all of my book purchases but it will take some time (yes, I have that many books!). So, the immediate goal I can tackle is to stop adding books to my TBR list. The one simple task I did was turning off 1-click for all my devices

I thought it would be hard, but I have so many books on my TBR list that I don't feel the sense of panic about not having a book to read.  You are probably wondering what I will do when I get that urge to buy that "book I just have to have." To keep track of the books I want to read, I plan to add them to an Amazon wishlist, as well as a Goodreads shelf. I used to use Goodreads to keep track of books I have read, but now I am using it to track books I want to read and books that I have purchased and are to be read. Having a separate list for books to purchase in the future will help prioritize the books I’ve already spent money on.

Hi, my name is Jenny and I have a problem.
That was hard to admit. I have a 1-click addiction and as silly as that sounds, my wallet will tell you it’s quite serious. I 1-click books that are on sale, that look interesting, that have been highly recommended to me, that I HAVE NO TIME TO READ. My TBR list is very long, especially when I factor in my “Waiting on Kindle” Goodreads shelf. I’ll be the first to admit that I have wasted money on books that I will most likely never read and some that I no longer want to read. All because of that blasted 1-click option. So, I turned it off, cold turkey, and it was not as easy for me as it was for Liz (I was misled!).

I tried to rationalize why I should keep it on; I even went to turn it off and then just closed the browser instead. I finally turned if off everywhere and somehow it was still enabled on my phone (I am now the proud owner of Kaleidoscope Hearts. How is that a bad thing?). I clearly need to be held accountable because I cannot be trusted.

Here’s where you come in. Liz and I need your help keeping on track and in return, we want to help you do the same. Do you have an abundance of paid books on your e-reader vying for you attention? Do you buy books when you know you have no time to read them? Are you ready to turn off 1-click? Join us in the first steps of a long journey to take back control of our e-readers and TBR lists. It won’t be easy but we’ll have each other for support.
Bite the bullet and take the challenge with us. Turn off 1-click everywhere and post a picture of the confirmation here or on our Facebook page.

Our next goal will be to organize our TBR list and pick the first group of books to tackle. We’ll be setting up goals and rewards to help keep us motivated and maybe even eliminate some of those free books we added to our e-readers that we are no longer interested in. If you need help tackling your TBR, we’re here for you.

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