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Comments for Book Blogger Hop for June 17, 2011

Book Blogger Hop for June 17, 2011: 06/17/11

Book Blogger HopThis week's question asks the age old question (at least if you're a book blogger) of how many books are on the to be read pile.

The answer is actually a simple one. I wish I could say it wa simple because I only had a small pile of books which I could count just by looking at them. Unfortunately that's not true. It's simple because I'm a book geek with a database of all my books. Each book is assigned two dates: the date it arrived and the date it left. By left, I mean I've read the book and decided not to keep it.

Those books that are here but not read get assigned a generic date: 9999-00-00. By searching for that, I can tell you that I have 1,024 or a kilobook of TBR!

Now if I were to only read books off my TBR, I would have 1.5 years worth of reading. I'm currently reading at a pace of 600 books a year. If I half my reading speed to account for these books being somewhat longer than my typical library book fare, then I would have 3 years of reading.

Two of the books I'm currently reading have been sitting on my TBR pile for a while: The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx and City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.


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Comment #1: Friday, June, 17, 2011 at 13:29:59

Noel R.

That's an excellent idea you have for keeping tabs on your TBR. I may have to try something similar as soon as I get my database revamped and completed.

And my god! 600 books a year? That's incredible. I wish I read anywhere near that quickly.

Comment #2: Friday, June 17, 2011 at 15:10:32


Part of the increase is that I've been reading more children's fiction and graphic novels. Those sorts of books tend to be pretty quick reads.

Comment #3: Friday, June, 17, 2011 at 13:50:15


I'm in the 1000's too. I added :Finish every book on my TBR list to my bucket list so now I have two lists that are completely out of

City of Bones is the best! I'm your newest follower!!

Rememeber to check out my Month of Giveaways! click here to enter. A new book a day is added!

Comment #4: Friday, June 17, 2011 at 15:12:35


Welcome to my blog. Good luck with your giveaway.

Comment #5: Friday, June, 17, 2011 at 14:22:56

Library Lady

Wow! I thought *I* was a fast reader. You're at almost 2 books a day. Amazing. IMHO, TBR is TBR whether or not take physical space. If I have yet to read them and they are "to be read" in the future, they are TBR.

Comment #6: Friday, June 17, 2011 at 15:15:42


It's basically 4 full length books a week and some shorter stuff like manga, graphic novels or picture books. I don't count library books or NetGalley as TBR because they both have a finite amount of time that they can be read before they're either due or expire.

Comment #7: Friday, June, 17, 2011 at 14:56:55


I have to advise you to immediately read City of Bones! LOVE IT! As for your book pile all I can say is WOW! And do you really read 600 books a year? Is that even possible? haha

Comment #8: Friday, June 17, 2011 at 15:24:45


I'm currently on page 220 of City of Bones. I'll get it done probably at the end of the month. If you want to check my progress towards 600 books, you can keep track at GoodReads.

Comment #9: Friday, June, 17, 2011 at 15:37:44

Jessica@a GREAT read

Wow! And I thought I was organized! I don't have a database of my books like that. Basically books I have to read are piled on my shelf and when I'm done, if I liked it enough, 9/10 I do, it gets shelved!

Thanks for visiting my blog!

Have a GREAT weekend!

Comment #10: Friday, June 17, 2011 at 15:27:53


I don't tend to keep my books once I'm done reading them.

Comment #11: Friday, June, 17, 2011 at 15:44:56

Nikki @ Books Most Wanted

OH. WOW. That is some heavy reading! You are tops on everyone I've seen today! :D

Thanks for hopping by!!

New Follower! Happy reading!

Comment #12: Friday, June 17, 2011 at 15:34:54


Welcome to my blog! I haven't always read as much as I do now and I might not read as much in the future But I've managed to read 600 (or more) books in the last two years and I might keep it up for the next year. Beyond that, I can't see that far into the future.

Comment #13: Friday, June, 17, 2011 at 16:50:21

Brenda Kahn

600 books a year! Wowza! A database! Double wowza. I remember enjoying The Shipping News way back when I read novels for adults...I Enjoyed The City of Bones, well the whole series really.

Thanks for stopping by proseandkahn. Happy reading.

Comment #14: Friday, June 17, 2011 at 15:36:05


I started the database because I had a feeling I was taking on books faster than I could read them and give them away. For the first couple of years of keeping track I was right. Books were coming in twice as fast as I was reading them. Now I have that reversed.

A lot of my 600 books are children's fiction, manga and graphic novels. Those are all short books and fairly easy to read. The Shipping News is very good so far. It's been about a decade since I last ready anything by Proulx. I have the entire Mortal Instruments on hand series to read.

Comment #15: Friday, June, 17, 2011 at 17:09:40


I can see how easy it would be to get up to get that many...I've only been blogging 3 months and have gathered my 200 during that time period.

Thanks for stopping by my post!

Comment #16: Friday, June 17, 2011 at 15:41:10


It is very easy especially with blogging to get too many books.

Comment #17: Friday, June, 17, 2011 at 17:16:53


Stopping back...thanks for coming by my blog.

Awesome way to catalog books.

600 books a year....holy are a terrific reader. I get about 40 at the most. :)

Comment #18: Friday, June 17, 2011 at 15:43:11


I've only managed 600 in the last couple of years. A decade ago I had a couple years of 20 to 40 books finished.

Comment #19: Friday, June, 17, 2011 at 15:56:16

Jenni Elyse

Wow! 600 books a year? I wish I could read that much. If all I did was read, I still don't think I could read that many.

I hope you enjoy City of Bones. It's one of my favorites.

Comment #20: Friday, June 17, 2011 at 15:44:55


I am enjoying City of Bones so far. I'm about half way through.

Comment #21: Friday, June, 17, 2011 at 18:37:38

Howard Sherman

I have way too many books on my TBR list and TBR pile. All told that comes to about sixty books. Now here's the scary math: I read roughly one book per week - and sometimes two. But two to three books are being added to my TBR list every week.

Stressful, right?


Hop on over to my blog and find out why.

Comment #22: Friday, June 17, 2011 at 19:28:23


That's exactly why I started the database.

Comment #23: Friday, June, 17, 2011 at 18:42:22

Juli @ Universe in Words

Wow, I should get a system like that!! Unfortunately I have no idea how many books I exactly have, but I do know it's a lot!! Hop on over if you have the time.

Comment #24: Friday, June 17, 2011 at 19:30:24


I didn't either until I cataloged them all. It took about eighteen months to complete the initial cataloging.

Comment #25: Friday, June, 17, 2011 at 18:56:07


Four books per week, that's way ahead of me. I try to finish two per week, but that doesn't always happen. 1,000+, WOW. I'll get there eventually.

Comment #26: Friday, June 17, 2011 at 19:31:33


Trust me, you don't want to devote that much shelf space in your home to 1,000 books. If I could, I'd donate most of them.

Comment #27: Friday, June, 17, 2011 at 20:59:04

Jamie @ Bookerella

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Wow, I can't even wrap my head around 600 books a year. I have a 3 year old and although I love books I just can't read as much as I want to. When I go back to college this fall it's not going to get any better. I'm going to be happy just to reach 100 this year!

Comment #28: Friday, June 17, 2011 at 19:33:05


I have a four year old and I'm in graduate school. A significant chunk of my reading is with her or for school.

Comment #29: Friday, June, 17, 2011 at 22:49:49

Marla @ Starting the Next Chapter

Old follower here. Oh, my! I do not have a head for numbers, so kudos to you for your system! Impressive.

Comment #30: Friday, June 17, 2011 at 22:11:24


The initial set up was straight forward and after that it was a whole load of data entry. Not exactly fun but it sure is helpful to know what I have and how long I've had it.

Comment #31: Saturday, June, 18, 2011 at 00:17:38


Oh you've got to read City of Bones! And 600 books a year is no joke...I'm in awe hahaha (:

Thanks for stopping by! Following back :D

Comment #32: Friday, June 17, 2011 at 22:13:01


Welcome to my blog. I'm currently on page 230 of City of Bones.

Comment #33: Saturday, June, 18, 2011 at 06:57:35

Laura Ashlee

This sounds like something I would do. When I started taking voice lessons, I made a database of all my voice books with all the songs they had in them so I could look there every time I was assigned a song. I've considered making a database for my books if I accumulate more.

Comment #34: Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 22:58:05


I felt overwhelmed by the state of my bookshelves. The database has helped me get a better idea of what I have and how many I'm taking in each year.

Comment #35: Saturday, June, 18, 2011 at 11:19:08


I wouldn't look at your TBR pile as something that must be finished, but as the range of opportunities you have. It's much more refreshing that way.

Comment #36: Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 22:59:11


I don't treat it as something I have to read. The database is more of a traffic control mechanism so I don't end up with more books than my home can physically handle.

Comment #37: Saturday, June, 18, 2011 at 11:47:45


I have over a thousand books as well, but there's no way I could get through them in 1.5 years, or even 3! That's impressive!!

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Hope you have a good weekend!

Comment #38: Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 23:13:14


I can only get through them that quickly if I stop checking out books from the library. Since that's probably not going to happen, it will be much longer before I get through the TBR.

Comment #39: Saturday, June, 18, 2011 at 15:27:25

Safari Poet

WOW, 600 a year. I think I set my goal for this year at only 200.

I'm one of the few that hasn't read City of Bones yet. Hope you're enjoying it.

Comment #40: Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 23:15:52


It's only in the last couple of years I've read 600 books in a year. I've had many years where I havne't even broken 100. City of Bones is turning out to be an enjoyable read.

Comment #41: Saturday, June, 18, 2011 at 19:07:23


600 books a year?!?!?! That's madness. This is the first year I'm counting and I am hoping for 100. I can't wait till I have time for 600 books a year. That's really exciting!

Thanks for stopping by.

Comment #42: Saturday, June 18, 2011 at 23:17:30


In my first year of counting I only read 72 books.

Comment #43: Thursday, June, 23, 2011 at 16:53:52


600 books a year?! I envy people who can read fast, I can barely make 100 books in a year! My TBR list is endless, and at the rate I read, and the rate I add new books, it doesn't look like it'll get smaller any time soon!

Comment #44: Friday, June 24, 2011 at 12:02:05


Only in the last two years have I managed 600 books in a year. I don't know if I will accomplish that next year too.

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