I have this new shelf. On it are nearly all the books I own but have not read yet. There is a REALLY good chance that you will find (YA) books published in the past three years on that list, so if you have any of them on your TBR, search though and see and read them with me! I gave away A LOT of books this past summer but kept some others because I thought 'now that you've given those away, you have space for these others and you'll read them and get even more space and donate some more books.' And I have read some. I've read a few but not nearly enough, and I'm not fast enough of a reader to combat my terrible book buying purchase habits (which I am working on fixing). One of the things I'd liked about my feature Christina Reads Your Recommendations was that it allowed me to read these old books - it gave me the push that I needed, but soon I couldn't deal with the blogging pressure that came with that feature.
Now I feel that terrible pressure of having TOO MANY BOOKS. I have a neat and tidy schedule for 2014 review books; I delete most review requests without even reading the emails. I don't like hoarding books. I felt so light and happy after donating those other books, but I don't want to donate these shelved ones yet without giving them a chance. Maybe that is hoarding in which case... HELP HELP HELP.
Some of these I received for free after volunteering at the Romantic Times Booklovers Conventions in 2011 and 2012. Some of these I received as gifts. Some of these I purchased for classes. Sometimes I didn't end up reading the material in time and sometimes the professors changed the syllabi and I didn't bother to try and resell my books because-what-the-heck-I'll-eventually-read-them. Some of these I have because I didn't know how to use my college library properly. Some of these I purchased while on vacation with friends and/or classmates because The Strand! This-is-so-cheap-must-buy! Or: City Lights! Mr. X, what do you think I should read since I loved Jane Eyre? Oh, and while I'm at it, let me buy other random novels! Or: Borders-is-closing-must-buy-things! Or: Gift-cards-must-buy-things! Or: Amazon-1-click-Kindle-purchases! Or: I'm-a-new-blogger-and-therefore-I-must-buy-everything-and-anything-that-others-recommend! Or: This-is-popular-and-I-want-to-know-why! Or: Amazon-bargains-ah-such-a-good-deal-now-buy-moar! Or: Pretty-cover-ooooh! OR:
Let me know if you want to read any of these books with me!
(For me, TBR jars don't work as well as having other people hold me accountable.)