Monday, May 18, 2009

TBR Queue

I am fortunate enough to have eight bookcases in my home, seven filled with books and the eighth being my entertainment center. Two of those are seven feet high, five are five feet high, and one is four feet high. That's a lot of space for novels. To top it off, I store my novels on their side so that they can stack the height of the shelf, not just the width, which has enabled me to have four shelves devoted to book I've yet to read.

Having counted within the last several months how many books I own but have yet to read, I wasn't terribly surprised to find that I have 62 books waiting for me to read them. I suppose it might be surprising that several months ago I had 65, so apparently I'm purchasing as many as I'm reading, though very few of the novels on my TBR shelves are the same ones that were there months ago.

To break it down, here are the number of books to be read per genre:
  • Nonfiction: 20 (Okay, many of these are the same ones that were there several months ago, but I have to be in the right mood for them. I'm very excited that I just found In Defense of Food at Costco. I might read that before I finish The Billionaire's Vinegar, which I've been reading in fits and starts.)
  • Romance/Fiction: 27 (This includes paranormal romance, action romance, straight fiction, historical fiction, etc.)
  • Science Fiction/Fantasy: 15 (These I go through pretty quickly, though I'd guess about half haven't shifted on the shelf in at least four months. It's not their fault, though: I keep finding these great novels in my used book store, but they're the second in the series, so I have to wait until I find the first to read them.)

I have a feeling that the people who respond to this question at NON for a chance to win Stefanie Pintoff's debut novel In the Shadow of Gotham will far outpace me with the number of books sitting in their TBR piles. Don't forget to comment, follow, blog, or tweet about this week's NON contest for up to four entries for a chance to win!

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