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Deirdre

I am happy when I look at all my books which still have to be read. Honestly, I just smile and think of the time when I will get to them, when they ask to be read.

Love the newefangled look!

Claire

one two three

Harriet

Tyrannised and shamed? No way. What a sad and gloomy soul to feel that way.

Lee

I never feel shame or guilt about my to-be-read pile. They are a reminder of the abundance of life and I love knowing that the perfect book is waiting for me, somewhere in the TBR pile.

Peter the flautist

Harriet, I completely agree with you here as I have no pile of books waiting to be read, and (as far as I can remember) I never have had; thus I cannot be either tyrannised or shamed!

Dark Puss

Barbara MacLeod

This is a test: Now is the Winter of Our Discontent made glorious Summer by this Son of York.

Peter the flautist

To reply to Cornflower's last statement (about routes untravelled) I am not prepared to forget routes untravelled. Indeed I hope to restart some journeys (Proust for example) before I am too old to hold up a hardback book without it falling back onto the bedsheets. It is just that there is no burning urgency in my mind to read or re-read a particular book that once I might have felt was an essential part of my literary education. In that sense I am much more relaxed than I was as a teenager/young adult and I see it as a normal part of growing up. Others will see it perhaps as a loss.

Dark Puss

Frances

My TBR piles look like nothing but promise to me. I would be a little sad if they did not look so daunting. The piles remind me that life will never be boring, that there is always a unique experience (or book) waiting for all of us.

Nancy

I do feel a little guilty for having collected so many books that I've not had or taken the time to read - but, when I see a book that falls into one of the lines of my interests I just have to have it, and right then. So, if I'm ever unable to buy anymore books I still have a real 'store' of my own to choose from - have never considered them a TBR pile.

My TBR pile is more in the line of library books I bring home but don't get around to reading (usually anywhere from 1 to 5) - and I feel bad about that if they are recalled for some other borrower, otherwise I just keep renewing them online.

Charity

The only time I feel guilty is when I have a large pile from the library. I have trouble restraining myself from bringing home bags of books, and then can feel pressured to get them read and returned as quickly as possible. :0)

Terri - teelgee

I have a whole wall of books TBR, most of them acquired in the last year. I used to be an avid library user, but now I buy a lot of used books and trade back and forth with friends. At first I felt a little guilty about it (why???) but now I think it's so delightful to walk over to my book shelves and pick out something that calls to me without having to leave the house.

The only books I feel a little tyrannized by are the freebies I get to review. I'm rebelling against reading them just because I'm supposed to! I've quit asking for quite so many ARCs.

Deborah Lawrenson

Cornflower, your lovely words - "a reminder of all sorts of interests taking me in different directions and feeding a rich inner life" - perfectly encapsulate my feelings of delight at the prospect of shelves of unread books, treasures to be revealed when the moment is right. Pace is all - you can't feel you must tear through them all; there's no magic in that.

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