Among the many quirks I have, is the display of my "TBR" and "Read" piles.  And although my husband says that my reasonings are completely lost on him, I cannot feel anything but content with my odd habit.

See, I have a lovely little "nook" in my home that's kind of all mine.  It contains my music and a couple bookshelves and an old wing-back chair. It has my husband's photography on the walls, and a few guitars and I absolutely love it.  This is where these piles live.

I like to see my TBR pile each day.  I dream about what the covers might have to tell about the stories within.  I prefer to select my next book based purely on emotion, instead of any obligations or blog-timelines.  So naturally, stacking them all together where they're easy to see and get at just makes good sense.

The reason I have for stacking my "read" books as well is twofold.  To start, once I'm done with a story or set of characters, I find it hard to just put them away on a shelf as though they meant so little. (at least not right away)  I love to walk pass them and remember scenes and how they made me feel or remember quotes that might have had an effect on me.  Secondly, by keeping them out it's easier when a friend pops over to borrow that book I kept telling them they "had to read".

The addition of the ipad this year has censored the habit slightly, but I must admit that I'd be sad if my 2 little piles of books ever went away completely.


  1. I love your little piles! And I love that you have a Guild Hunter book there -- excellent choice :) I like to open my book closet and just look in it when I need a quick pick me up. Strange at how just the sight of books can make us happy!

  2. Yes, what is that thing they teach you in psych about sensory memories implanted in songs and stories that make you feel how you felt when you read/heard them....or something like that. I totally get that too!

    Yes Guild hunter is there thanks to you actually :)

  3. I am so glad I'm not the only one that likes seeing my books out. And I too look at the covers wondering what they share behind the hints in the book. :) I am hoping to have many new shelves to fill. :) But it will take a little bit of time to get enought shelves, then organize them. Great area to have to yourself.

  4. Hee Hee. I'm glad I have friends this side of eccentric.
    Lucky you, gets to build all new shelves. I'm a wee bit jealous. ;)

  5. I love your piles! It makes me want to create my own tbr piles to look at.

  6. You should! Then I can tell my husband "see everyone does it" :)

  7. Well, it's going to take a while before I get my shelves with everything else we have to do. But some day I'll get them. I keep trying to get my husband to do them now, but he keeps reminding me how he has other things to help with on building the house first. Hmmm, funny where the priority is... ;) I just will have to figure out what to do with all my books until I get the shelves. (I am hoping for Christmas, but that's not going to happen either.)