how I fared with my April tbr pool, my May tbr pool, and a plan to shrink the massive tbr mountain…

Oh that massive tbr mountain. I am very happy with all the reading I’ve been doing so far this year. But!!! I’ve noticed (because I’d have to be willfully ignorant not to) that with this increased amount of reading has come an increased amount of book buying. Not cool, Debra Anne.

According to LibraryThing, I have 1,505 unread books in my possession. (This number is not accurate, because I occasionally forget to add books I’ve acquired and forget to move books from the “unread” category when I finish them. But it’s close enough and it’s the number I’ll be using because it’s the best I’ve got.) I’d like to lower that number by 105 by the end of the year. Which means I’ve got to knock off 13 in each of 7 months and 14 in the remaining month. What I don’t accomplish by actually reading, I’ve to to make up for in culling. This, of course, means that if I continue to bring in more books (and likely even if I don’t most months), I will have to get rid of books unread. The inherent sadness of this thought is to my incentive to quit bringing so many books in and to start reading the books I already own. We’ll see how it goes…


So how did I do with sticking to my April tbr pool? If I counted correctly, I had 20 books in my pool. And I actually read 8 of them. I made progress in one. And I started but dnf-ed another. That left 10 books that I didn’t touch from my pool. I read 10 books that were not in my pool. So yeah, it seems as if I pretty much did a crap job…but it’s way better than I used to do, so I’m calling it a sorta win/sorta lose. Because who really cares, and I can call it whatever the hell I please.


What’s up for May? Yes, another way too big tbr pool. It’s inevitable, why fight it. And anyway, that’s why it’s a “pool” not a “pile.” There are at least 3 different readathons I’m considering participating in; I mention this because it does affect the books I pulled from the shelves. This Saturday, May 5,  is the Let’s Get Graphic 4.0 readathon hosted by Elena Reads Books. May 7-13 is BooksandLala’s Buzzword Readathon. And Bout of Books 22 runs from May 14-20. (I’ll talk more about them when I decided for sure if I’m going to participate.)

The pool:

  • The Awakening by Kate Chopin. Holdover from last month. For homeschooling; Gray already read it. I started it yesterday, though just barely.
  • Love, Hate & Other Filters by Samira Ahmed. My hold came in from the library. Also started this one yesterday. Again not far in, but really enjoying.
  • The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey. Read the first 75-ish pages during Dewey’s Readathon and I need to get back to it.
  • I’ll Be Gone in the Dark: One Woman’s Obsessive Search for the Golden State Killer by Michelle McNamara. Listening to audiobook on Scribd. Enthralled. More than half way through, so should have no problem finishing this one.
  • My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame. A hold I need to pick up from the library.
  • One Hundred Nights of Hero by Isabel Greenberg. Another hold I need to pick up from the library.
  • If You Could Be Mine by Sara Farizan. Yet another hold I need to pick up from the library.
  • The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks. Library book I have checked out.
  • SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki. Another library book I have checked out.
  • Fruits Basket, Collector’s Edition Volume 1 by Natsuki Takaya. Yet another library book I have checked out.

Yikes! Out of all those I have started or need to read soon, only two will count towards my 13 books for the month. lol

  • Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat.
  • All Out: The No-Longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages edited by Saundra Mitchell
  • An Unrestored Woman by Shobha Rao.
  • Adulthood Rites by Octavia Butler.
  • For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf by Ntozake Shange.
  • Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward.
  • Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala.
  • Pandemic by Sonia Shah.
  • The Girls by Emma Cline.
  • Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli.
  • Girl, Interrupted by Susanna Kaysen.
  • The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King.
  • Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.

4 thoughts on “how I fared with my April tbr pool, my May tbr pool, and a plan to shrink the massive tbr mountain…

  1. The only one of these I’ve read is Krik! Krak! and it was so long ago that I can’t remember it at all. My LT unread list is only 144 books but I have so many to reread that I have forgotten over the years!


      1. That is the result of many rounds of TBR culling. It’s always sad to get rid of an unread book but then I remember … LIBRARY! (Which I then promptly forget again each time I go book shopping.)


  2. I feel your pain in so many ways. At last count, I had just under 1,000 unread books in my house. That does not include digital review copies, of which I have more than I can read in a given month for May releases, June releases, and now October releases. Every month I say I am not going to accept or request a review copy for certain months, and every month I find myself in this predicament. I need to become debt-free and quit my job or else I am never, ever going to make a dent on those 1,000 books. (It’s an illness I tell you!)


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