Friday, February 11, 2011

100 Books: #15 The Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate

Nancy Mitford's The Pursuit of Love & Love in a Cold Climate are (is?) #15 on my list of books I want to read. A friend gave me this book years ago because it was one of her favorites. I know absolutely nothing about it except that. But she was a good friend and her tastes in other things matched mine pretty closely, so I accepted the gift with gratitude and promptly placed it on my bookshelf.

Now that I'm trying to compose a list of 100 Books I Want to Read (more appropriately titled 100 Books I've Allowed to Languish on my TBR Stack for Far Too Long!!) I'm resurrecting this gift and putting it near the top of my pile. What? you say! You consider #15 to be "near the top?"

Well . . . yeah! I'm a bookaholic. I have more than 1,000 unread books in my personal collection, and that's after weeding out an embarrassingly large number and giving them away before my cross-country move 14 months ago. This paltry 1,100 or so books is but a drop in the bucket. So being assigned the #15 spot ... well, it's an honor. As well it should be. If I were any kind of friend, I'd have read this one a long, long time ago!

I ask those of you reading this just one thing. Please tell me I'm not the only book-a-holic out there whose TBR piles could make up the inventory for a small book store! Come on. Confess. How big is your TBR pile?


stanalei said...

I've never counted my TBR books.
Recently, DH graciously traded the bookshelf holding our VHS collection for my books, just to find the carpet. I put them in order of age, mostly, and I'm finally going through them.
I wish you luck on getting caught up. I know I'll probably always buy as many in a year that I read. It's a never ending cycle.

Sherry Lewis said...

I haven't actually counted my TBR books, but I have been using, so that gives me the number. Actually, I think I posted the wrong number in my original post. I think I have 1000-something books, but only 600-plus are TBR.

But yes, it is a never-ending cycle. Whether I'm buying new books or running over to the library, I never seem to make much progress on the long-standing TBR stack.