I really need a snappier name for this, but hey ho.
For those of you that haven’t noticed, there’s been a box with my TBR statistics in the sidebar for about a year. Every month I have a little arrow that tells me how much my TBR pile has decreased (or, more likely, increased) during the previous weeks. I originally put it there to shame myself into having a downwards arrow at the end of the month… except it didn’t work. Not one tiny little bit.
It started to get ridiculous actually. I had 327 books waiting to be read and even if I didn’t buy a single book, it would take me three years to finish all those.
But now THERE IS A PLAN.
My aim is to get my TBR pile down to 300 books by January 1st 2015 by either actually reading the damn things or just getting rid of them. If I haven’t, then New Year’s Day will be spent throwing out enough books to force me to get to that number.
I actually began doing this halfway through September, but never took the time to explain it to anybody. I didn’t have high hopes as every other TBR-lessening scheme I’ve ever dreamt up as failed miserably. That arrow pointed up every single damn month… until September. It had a down arrow, can you believe it!?
It’s literally the first time ever that I’ve read more books than I’ve obtained. Now we’re in October and I’m ↓9 books! Alright, so that includes a read-a-thon but I also bought three books. If I finish another book before November, that leaves me with seven books to read per month before the end of the year.
I can do this! Don’t you love when you finally find a strategy that works for you?