The Hopless Futility of the tbr pile; aka I just bought 27 books

There was a library booksale this morning. Near my house, and on a Sunday, which meant I could go, because of it not being a Saturday, when the car goes to Boston. It was an unusual booksale--a local library has just moved to a bigger, better building, and everything they left behind was for sale....

And the kids/YA books were three for a dollar.

Mercifully, I only bought eight that I haven't read including my first Discworld purchase--Wee Free Men. The others were things like my own copy of The Velvet Room (finally! I knew one would come to me eventually, if I waited patiently), a considerable number of YA fantasy books that I didn't have, and things like The Arabian Nights illustrated by Maxfield Parish....

But still I am wondering if the insurance will cover the seemingly inevitable collapse of the poor house under the weight of all the books. And I am wondering if I will ever be Caught Up. I feel that if I could get caught up on all the books I want to read that were published before April 2011, I would be able to stay caught up, but somehow I feel that there is little hope of this...

And I'm thinking that maybe I'll call that library tomorrow and ask if they want to get rid of a few of the bookshelves while they're at it....


  1. Hahahahaha!
    I know what you mean.
    Between library books, Netgalley and my pile of ARCs from Fall 2010, I'm not sure if I'll ever get caught up.

  2. And to think I actually thought I was the only one. :)

    How wonderful that you're going to read The Wee Free Men!

  3. Yeah. Feel your pain. I didn't really need a bound copy of all of the Melendy books, but it was 50 cents... I'm glad you found The Velvet Room. I have a very bad paperback copy I would have sent you!

  4. Sometimes I feel like the Imelda Marcos of books (which is rapidly becoming an obsolete cultural referrence, I guess). I'm glad I'm not alone!

  5. I understand not being caught up on the TBR, but I'm salivating over your uber deal. I would love a stack of 27. Enjoy.

  6. LOL at the "Imelda Marcos of books", it's not an obsolete reference here in the Philippines. I was in the bookstore with some friends on Saturday and they were saying, "we'll buy you books when you finish your pile" and I just said, "that's not going to happen anytime soon."


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