I Make Too Many Lists & My TBR Pile Is Taller Than I Am

I finally finished a borrowed book, one I hung onto for way too long. (As in, "Read and Return!!!" is on my master to-do list from last summer. Yikes.)

On to the next, right?! Well, yes. I'm currently reading three books, actually, and my To-Be-Read Pile consists of:

  • 71 physical books
  • 22 ebooks
  • 15 books I haven't yet purchased in any format
  • 6 books that haven't been released yet

These are titles that I actually intend to read; books that were given to me without a commitment on my end, or that I downloaded for free but have lost interest in, aren't included.

Upon finishing the borrowed book, I looked back on the reading list that I set down to pen and page in January. Out of eleven books I intended to read first, I've still only read three of them. And the others? Eh... I'll get to them, but I'm not as excited about them as I was in January--which must not have been that excited anyway, since here we are in June.

Mind you, I've been reading lots of books! Just not what I planned to read, and not in the order I planned to read them.

I made a new list. (Why I bother is a question for another day.) I'm not here to share it because of the great likelihood that I'll go off the rails yet again. Why is it so hard for me to make a reading plan and stick to it?

Maybe it's because reading is my primary mode of downtime. (Okay, that and Tetris. It's a sickness, I tell you!) My reading life is capricious and playful and more guided by emotions and whims than plans and lists. What I feel I should read next today isn't what suits my mood tomorrow.

And that's okay!

(Image credit: M.A.S. Taken last winter, when I was still "a head" of the pile. Pun totally intended.)


A maybe-haunted house. A family tree full of secrets. For Abby Wells, it all comes down to one question: ARE YOU REAL?

"In Whispers in the Branches, debut author Brandy Heineman pens a fast-paced, entertaining and ultimately touching story mixed with ghosts and genealogy and sprinkled with God.  Her delicious prose sizzles and soars as she introduces grieving Abby Wells who uproots her life in Ohio to search for family secrets in Georgia.  Abby encounters a haunted house, a feisty great aunt and a young, handsome caretaker in her new surroundings as she grapples with grief, the truth of her family’s past and the unseen presence of something deep and spiritual."

 --Elizabeth Musser, author of The Swan House, The Sweetest Thing, The Secrets of the Cross trilogy

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Comment by Brandy Heineman on June 19, 2015 at 8:10pm

Thank you, Ginger! :D

I just got my first eReader last Christmas, so my digital pile is still smaller than the paper pile, although that will probably change over time. I like paper, but my husband won't let me install bookshelves in the dining room, so... there you have it.

I'm so honored that you'll consider my book for your book club--keep me posted! I'm happy to come out for the meeting if that appeals to your group. :)

Comment by Ginger Aster on June 19, 2015 at 7:18pm

Brandy, I am like you with a list of books taller than I am...most of mine are e books and I will have to add yours to the list!

It will also have to go on our book club list of potential picks.

Congratulations!

Ginger Aster

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