I continued some decluttering this weekend by reviewing my TBR list. This is distinct from my TBR pile, which is a stack (OK, technically it's multiple stacks) of books I already own and do want to read, but--later. Either I'm not in the mood for them right now, or I'm already reading something else.
The TBR list is a list of books I
want to read, but that I will have to buy or borrow. I have a notation
for each book: available in my library's system, or not? If it's not in
the library system, I'll have to buy it. When I'm ready to get new
library books, or to make a trip to the bookstore, I consult this list.
list has more than 250 books on it. At the rate I've been reading,
that's almost three years' worth, and I keep adding to it. And, of
course, there is the TBR pile here at home, and the books I receive as
gifts, and my rereading habit.
So I've started weeding that list.
I'm letting go of books that I added impulsively, those that are not in
my library's system and for which I can't even find a sample online to
tell me whether they're worth buying, and those that I want to want to
read more than I actually want to read them (if you can follow that).
books on this list may not have been taking up any physical space, but
they were taking up some mental energy, even if just a small amount. I
continue my quest to free up space, and time, and energy.