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Sunday Salon: Building Mt. TBR: The Movie!

July 26, 2009

The Sunday Salon.comThose of you who have been reading my blog for a while may remember that a little over a year ago, my friends challenged me to stack up all of my unread books. I discovered I had 171, and vowed that I’d get that number down.

*cue raucous laughter*

Well, anyways, a few weeks ago I was piling up books to store at my parents’, and I had a terribly nerdy idea. See, the books I was planning to store were books I’d read already, and wanted to keep, but wasn’t going to re-read or lend out in the next year. Because of the way I’d organized my shelves, all of these books were in the backstacks, with my TBR books in front.

So, since I had to take all of my TBR books off of the shelves anyways, I decided to see just how big the mountain had grown, and photograph the process. I opted for two low piles this time, though, instead of one single stack… I learned my lesson last time about how badly it hurts to have that many books fall on your head.

So, here’s the video. Keep the number 171 in mind, and laugh. (Also, please excuse the amateurish quality… it was my first time playing around with iMovie and I haven’t quite figured out how to get it to do exactly what I want.)


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Also, two news items:
1) This is the week of moving, so my reading/posting/commenting will likely drop off even further than it already has. I’ll be back soon, I swear.

2) I’m giving away a copy of Naomi Novik’s Empire of Ivory, the fourth book in the Temeraire series. If you’re interested, or know someone who is, leave a comment on my review by tomorrow morning.

22 Comments leave one →
  1. July 26, 2009 9:56 am

    244 – yikes! Of course, it is physically impossible for a book blogger NOT to add to her TBR pile…

  2. July 26, 2009 10:08 am

    I love this video! Good luck with Mt. TBR. :)

  3. July 26, 2009 11:43 am

    OH – I think you did a great job with the video! While I am probably not at the 200+ book count – yet – I know that my mountain has grown exponentially since joining the book blogging community. I can’t think of any better collection to spend money on.

  4. July 26, 2009 1:54 pm

    That film is chilling. It’s like all those unread books are sneaking up on the viewer.

    • July 26, 2009 2:19 pm

      We readers must stop our silly counting. Do you see chefs counting how many shrimp they have in the freezer?

  5. July 26, 2009 4:48 pm

    I loved your video! I don’t feel so guilty now.

  6. July 26, 2009 4:51 pm

    I loved that little movie, and I think you did an awesome job with it! I had a laugh in the end;Yikes! Indeed!

    But if that can comforts you, you’re not the only one with such a TBR pile! Mine is a little smaller (between 180-200), but it’s growing and growing!

  7. July 26, 2009 5:17 pm

    Your video reminds me once again that I don’t have the collecting gene. I would be physically sick if I owned that many unread books and I would be unable to buy any more. That’s why all of my reading material comes from the library and my TBR “stack” is actually a list on Goodreads. :-)

  8. July 26, 2009 7:24 pm

    Holy macaroni…That’s quite a lot my dear! If that’s just your tbr pile, your “read” pile must be huge!! It’s time to open a library… haha. I’m no where near you when it comes to comparing book mountains, but I’m getting there! This is what happens when you start reading other people’s book reviews and want to read everything too! Books are the only thing I try not to guilt trip myself about.

  9. July 26, 2009 7:33 pm

    Wow, very nice video.

    Now I must gather all the TBR books I own and see how many there actually are. I try really hard not to add to the piles, borrowing most of my reads from the library, and keep track of my TBR list on Goodreads, but there are just too many good bookstores in this town (not that I’m complaining).

  10. July 26, 2009 7:34 pm

    Oh, and good luck with the move:)

  11. July 27, 2009 11:51 am

    Hah, your pile slowly grew to be almost as big as mine is! ;) I loved that video, it was so clever.

    Good luck with your move!

  12. July 27, 2009 12:25 pm

    wow, 244…i think the imovie worked well…better than my attempt would be.

    I have no idea how many I have, but I think its more than 244.

  13. Shanra permalink
    July 27, 2009 4:48 pm

    244? Yikes! (Now I’m feeling a little better about my increase in TBR books.) And what’s wrong with the movie? I like it just the way it is.

    Good luck with the move!

  14. July 27, 2009 5:13 pm

    That was cool. I had to watch the film about 10 times in order to fully comprehend the magnitude of your problem.

    It was a masterpiece — in futility.

  15. July 28, 2009 9:08 am

    You make me curious to see how many are unread on my shelves…..I may just have to count them now. I’m right up there with you!

  16. July 28, 2009 11:20 am

    Nice. What would the sound track be? That is why I love the library. It is like a gigantic TBR pile I don’t have to look at.

  17. July 28, 2009 3:39 pm

    What fun!! I can probably beat 244, but I refuse to count.

  18. July 28, 2009 4:41 pm

    That was such a cool video, great job!

  19. July 28, 2009 5:27 pm

    I LOVE that movie! That was awesome. I have no idea what my TBR count is. Now I’m dying of curiosity but I think it’s going to be a bad idea to find out for sure!

    Have fun moving!! Well, try. ;)

  20. August 5, 2009 7:37 pm

    Hey, if you read a book a day, after about eight months your TBR pile will be clear! :)

  21. Bobbie Crawford-McCoy permalink
    August 9, 2009 3:08 am

    I love the video! :) lol
    What a BIG pile of books you have…my goodness! ;)

    -Bobbie

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