{TSS} Bookish Bliss: Adding to Mt. TBR

Although I like to complain about the size of my TBR stacks – the physical one, the digital ones (ebook and audiobook) and the library one – I really do like adding yet another book to my to-read lists.

Having a lot of books in my TBR stacks is just so comfortable, if you know what I mean. So many books! Which means I’ll always have an interesting book to read.

Last year, when I wasn’t online as much, one of my favourite things to do when I could find time was to go through the lists of new physical books, ebooks and audiobooks on my library’s site, and either put things on hold or save them to Evernote so I could put a hold on them later. (This was necessary or I’d end up hitting my holds limit. Not to mention hauling home way too many books from the library than I could possibly read in the time I’d have them out.)

This year, I haven’t had to go through any of my library’s lists. Now that I’m back to reading book blogs again, I am constantly adding new books to my TBR. And every time I do, it’s like I’ve found a little bit of treasure.

I do need to keep a record of who/what post lead me to add a book to my to-read piles, so I know who to blame thank for each book. Right now, I’m counting on my memory, which really isn’t such a good thing. I’ve been thinking of developing some sort of system (I’m all about systems this year) using Evernote or Todoist, since I use both these apps a lot. I wish, though, that I could just whip up an IFTTT recipe that would automatically add a link to a spreadsheet every time I put a hold on a book or add one to my cart or to my wishlist!

It’s reassuring in a way to know that the state of Mt. TBR will always be teetering, no matter how many books I diligently get through …

Do you find yourself adding titles to your TBR stacks every time you go blog hopping? And do you have a system for keeping track of which blog post enticed you to add which book to your lists?

12 thoughts on “{TSS} Bookish Bliss: Adding to Mt. TBR

    1. Belle Wong Post author

      I love the library, Sheila! Reading your posts lately, I’ve been thinking I need to start checking out the activities, too, and not just books :)

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    1. Belle Wong Post author

      I definitely need to get more organized! I like the spreadsheet idea, but I do so much of my blog reading on my phone, I need a system that works when I’m on my phone as well.

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  1. Care

    I used to copy the blog/review link and put it in goodreads when I added it to the tbr list. But I haven’t done that in a long time… Best to you on that!

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    1. Belle Wong Post author

      It’s the “remembering to do it” thing that always trips me up. I’m trying Bernadette’s Trello system right now. If I can remember to keep using it, it just might be what I was looking for!

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  2. Bernadette

    Oh yes I love the recommendations I get from book blogs (I’m still grateful to you for example for introducing me to the audio books of Chris Grabenstein a few years ago) – they are my main source of recommendations these days. Aside from a couple of real-world friends whose tastes are similar enough to mine that I can trust them :)

    Reasonably recently (the past 4 or 5 months) I’ve switched to Trello for my “to do” type activities. It’s not strictly a “to do’ site/app – more a project management type thing really but I adore it. It allows me to use the kanban style of task management where you only have a small number of things to focus on right now but all the stuff you want to remember can lurk out of immediate site but not be forgotten. I have a Trello board called being bookish and every time I read a recommendation that I like the sound of I add a card to my Wishlist card and I add the URL of the blog post that recommended it. Like you I use my library a lot so I use the wishlist as my source of books to put on hold (or buy but I don’t buy a huge number of books these days). I’ve got a kind of workflow happening within Trello so that once I’ve picked up a book from the library I put it on the Read Now list with a due date (then it moves to the Review list so I remember gto blog about it then it moves to the Index list so I remember to include it in my blog’s index pages and my Library Thing account). I know this sounds like a lot of work but it’s very quick (after I played around with the initial set up) and I’ve been much happier since I started using this system.

    IfTTT doesn’t work all that well with Trello (no direct account integration so it all relies on gmail) but I have just discovered that Zapier (a similar concept to IfTTT) has good integration with Trello and lots of existing recipes so I shall investigate this soon.

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    1. Belle Wong Post author

      I tried Trello a few months ago, mostly by emailing URLS to it for various cards, but on the app on my phone the URLS weren’t clickable. So I gave up on it but I’ve been seeing some interesting things people are doing with Trello recently, and I love your description of your system, Bernadette. It does sound like a bit of work but I’ve been learning that once I implement a system and then develop the habits needed to use it, it no longer much work at all. I’m definitely going to check it out again. And the kanban system overall, too – it sounds like a useful productivity system. Thank you!

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  3. Suey

    My stacks get added to by going to the events we keep going to. I feel too guilty not buying the book to get signed. I mean that’s the whole point of being there, right. And this Friday is massive one, and so I’ll probably like five more books and already I’m so behind! And what does that even mean… being behind in your reading? I don’t know, but whatever it is, that’s what I am! :)

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    1. Belle Wong Post author

      I am always behind in my reading, and I don’t go to any author events! I’m looking forward to reading about this Friday’s event – I live vicariously through your author events posts :)

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