One of my goals for the New Year (2020) was to whittle my TBR shelves (at the time there were two of them in my book closet) to a reasonable size. I managed to get them down to about twenty-three books, and at the end of January, I pronounced that goal “accomplished.”

Since then, during the pandemic, people in my neighborhood have gone crazy cleaning closets, de-cluttering, and donating books to my Little Free Library…

…which leaves me with a tipsy pile of TBR books. (see photo above)

At first I tried my own “read the first fifty pages and decide” plan for discarding books. I applied this strenuously and arrived with this stack (see top photo) to read. Not only have I not accomplished my 2020 goal, but I have ruined what efforts I had made toward accomplishing it!

Some of the books are ones I kept when friends gave me hand-me-downs (Thanks, Deb Nance of Readerbuzz and Susan Wilson, downsizing friend) that I didn’t have time to read when I was scrambling to convert my Face-to-Face Advanced Writing class to an on-line format, but I promised to “take a look at later.” WARNING: Do not put off until tomorrow too many books or you will have a “Leaning Tower” similar to mine!

Author: Rae Longest

This year (2019) finds me with 50 years of teaching "under my belt." I have taught all levels from pre-K "(library lady" or "book lady"--volunteer) to juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in my Advanced Writing class at the university where I have just completed 30 years. My first paying teaching job was junior high, and I spent 13 years with ages 12-13, the "difficult years." I had some of the "funnest" experiences with this age group. When I was no longer the "young, fun teacher," I taught in an elementary school setting before sixth graders went on to junior high, teaching language arts blocs, an assignment that was a "dream-fit" for me. After completing graduate school in my 40s, I went on to community college, then university teaching. Just as teaching is "in my blood," so is a passion for reading, writing, libraries, and everything bookish. This blog will be open to anyone who loves books, promotes literacy and wants to "come out and play."

9 thoughts on “WEDNESDAY TO-DO’S”

  1. Rae, that doesn’t look too bad to me. I have two bookshelves full of books that I want to read. That is after sorting and getting rid of a couple of boxes. πŸ˜„πŸ“šπŸ’–

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  2. Wish my to-read pile looked like that. I’m gonna have sagging shelves and half my wall’s gonna come down if I don’t start knocking a few out myself… just so busy and too tired to read. Might be lucky enough to FINISH one book tonight, but gonna have to go into overdrive to get the rest of my list down by the end of the year (without cheating by resorting to little kids’ books).

    Crud–forgot I was gonna shop for Goosebumps books online for the kiddos at work (grumble, grumble).

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  3. Once I had eight huge bookshelves of books I planned to read. I donated all those books to a nonprofit resale shop several years ago.

    Problem solved, right?

    Well, no. Now, instead of eight huge bookshelves, I have books stashed away on the top shelf of a closet, under our bed, in the corner of my reading room, and under a couch.

    I’ve decided that having a big TBR is going to be something I shall have to live with.

    I love the photos! You made me smile.

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