July 6, 2010

TBR Stacks!

I'm nosy. I admit it. I love to peek inside other people's homes. (Nan's is probably my most favorite to visit via the gorgeous photos on her blog.) In addition to kitchens and gardens, I especially love to see pictures of my blogmates' book stacks and was recently inspired by Bellezza's Mount TBR to take some photos of my own.

Good grief! Seriously? When will I ever get all of these books read?! And these are just the ones upstairs. I have a couple of shelves in the living room bookcase, as well.

If you spot anything you've read, I'd love to hear your thoughts. Are there any I should move to the front of the line?

As always, click on the photo for a larger view. (Guess I got a little carried away and re-sized these a bit smaller than usual. You may not be able to read all the titles. Sorry!)

Master Bedroom TV Stand/Dresser

Master Bedroom Nightstand

Master Bedroom Built-In Nightstand

Master Bedroom Nightstand (Borrowed Books)

Master Bedroom Built-In Nightstand Shelf

Guest Room Nightstand

Guest Room Bookcase

Office Bookcase

Office Nightstand

Office ARCs and Must-Read-Soon Stack

My husband says it's no contest; I have by far more books to read than he ever will. This wouldn't be a problem if I could only read half as fast as he does!


  1. Anonymous8:13 PM

    It's a lot. I agree. Maybe 5 years worth? I wish I had the answer for you. Isn't it nice to know that you won't ever run out of books?

    We shall not even discuss my stacks. I keep giving away but more and more come in. It's a little scary. LOL

  2. Loved looking at all your books stacks! My husband reads a lot faster than I do, too. The Persephone is one I'd pick up sooner rather than later, also saw a Steinbeck (East of Eden is an all-time favorite). At least you know you'll never run out of reading material!

  3. I've decided I'm taking some of my books to the nursing home with me. I noticed Nickled and Dimed in your stacks - I just bought that book last weekend.

  4. OMG I love it!! I thought I had a lot of books to read. You put me to shame!

  5. I didn't gaze upon every title, but two stuck out to me: I LOVED Eats, Shoots and Leaves. And: Out Shooting Horses has been on my wish list for ages.

  6. MR. ROSENBLUM DREAMS IN ENGLISH! You have to read that Les, you just HAVE TO!

    Also; The Falls is good, The People of the Book is good, I can't believe you haven't read Rod's book yet (my uncle loved the copy I got him for Christmas!), all the foodie books are good, I couldn't make it through True History of the Kelly Game (Carey and I don't seem to get along), and I have ROOM too!! I can't wait to read that.

    Good luck. Your stacks look just about as bad as mine. I'm afraid to take pictures, it might break my computer! lol

  7. LOL - I love these kinds of posts (they make me feel better about my own out of control stacks!). I saw A LOT of the same books on your stacks that I have on mine :) Happy reading, Les!!

  8. There were only a few I could see. Would you think me the dork of the world if I asked you to not re-size (I don't even know what that means) them and put them up again? :<)

    Okay, the ones I could see: John Adams - one of the very, very best I've ever read. He quickly became my second favorite president after Theodore Roosevelt. David McCullough brings history alive. It is never dry or boring in his hands. His subjects become so very real to the reader. He has such a gift.

    Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - it has been so long since this title was talked about but it is such a good book. I loved it. And the movie isn't bad either. I've also read his book on Venice which I thought was also great.

    Under a Wing - I'd read it immediately. I love, love, love Reeve L. She is so kind, so generous, so real. A lovely writer and person. (and it's not too long!)

    The Mayes books are a delight - again, who cares if they aren't in the limelight anymore.

    And I enjoyed Capote, but I don't think you will. I think you can give that one away. :<)

    And hey! thank you for the kind, kind compliment at the start of your post. That was really nice, dear Les.

  9. I love that you have books in all of the rooms. It really shows that readers live there. I haven't read any of the books on your TBR shelf, but we have some mutual ones in common. :)

  10. I love that you have books in the guest bedroom! I was able to make out "Out Stealing Horses" from your master bedroom nightstand. Read that one. It's very good! :)

  11. Yummy yummy piles of books! I'm especially fond of the Audacity of Hope, myself, so I'd say start there. That Rod Scher's book looks darn good, too. :D

  12. I liked People of the Book. The Postmistress was "eh." I like A Reliable Wife, but some parts of it were annoying.

  13. Anonymous6:09 PM

    Wow! I can't believe how much non-fiction you have. I agree with Nan, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is great. It would make a good summer read because Berendt does such an amazing job of bringing Savannah to life and making you feel like you're there. Also, the characters are unforgettable!


  14. Okay. This greatly comforts me. Not because you have 9,000 books to read as I do. But because your piles are as helter skelter, all ove the house, in every room as mine. Phew! I was embarrassed I posted my one picture, as is, when I saw some photographs where the books were alphabetized. By author. Talk about a summer project! That would last into the next millenium!

  15. I loved this post Les; ,e too Nosy here and your collection looks fab!

  16. Oh, Les--I made Jim come to the computer and showed him your book shelf pictures. I finally have proof that it's not just me!! :)

    I've read everything by Anita Shreve. Testimony is great as long as you aren't adverse to a story being told from multiple POV. And, Sea Glass--just looking at that on your shelf brought the Book Ahhh's right back to me.

    Journal Keeper--I was so excited when I bought this. Loved the idea of it, and the book trailer I saw on line. Had to have it. Have I read it? Of course not.

    Marriage & Other Acts of Charity--I really liked Here If You Need Me, but my bookmark in MAOAOC hasn't moved from page 25. Just can't get into it.

    Thanks for sharing!

  17. I'm not sure when you'll get them all read either, but looking at them was pure delight!! I love looking at people's bookshelves too! Thanks for giving us a glimpse into yours!

  18. Absolutely loved John Adams by McCullough. After you read it you should watch the mini-series.

    I noticed several Louise Pennys which I highly recommend but you need to start with Still Life. Didn't see that one in your stacks. Maybe you could check it out of the library - oh, but then you'd have a library stack, too!

    Saw several that I'm adding to my list.

  19. My house looks very much like this.

  20. Janet Nuss6:52 AM

    You absolutely need to move Room to the top of the pile! My second favorite book of the year after the Passage!

  21. Kay - At least 5 years worth! I'm afraid to count them up! ;)

    I've stopped keeping every single book I've read, but like you, more and more come in. It is a little scary. ;)

    JoAnn - Thanks for the rec for the Steinbeck. I read The Grapes of Wrath YEARS ago and loved it. I don't know why I've let East of Eden sit for so long. Those chunksters are a bit daunting. That's why I finally decided to listen to World Without End.

    Kathy - My husband read Nickled and Dimed several years ago and said it was very good. I keep thinking it'd be a great book club selection. Just need to convince the members in my group!

    Bookin' It - Glad you enjoyed this post. :)

    Word Lily - Thanks for your input. I'll move Eats, Shoots and Leaves to my nightstand. Out Shooting Horses had to go back to the library. Sigh.

    Heather - OK! I will! Maybe I'll take it on my flight to San Diego next week. I love a good book to distract me from all those airplane noises. ;)

    Wow. I've that ARC of The Falls for so long. Easily 5 years.

    Yikes. I should have moved Rod's book out of the stack! I've read the first five chapters. (Hanging head in shame...) Thanks for letting me know your uncle loved it. Rod will be pleased to hear that.

    I tried The History of the Kelly Gang a long time ago and couldn't get into it. My mom had it in a stack of books for us when she was out last month and I thought maybe Rod would like to give it a try.

    Wendy - Book addicts unite! :)

    Nan - When I shoot pictures, I have my camera set to a high quality size. I almost always wind up cropping and resizing them down to about 50% of the original size. If they're "throw-away" shots (something I don't plan to print in a 8x10 - usually a nature shot), I don't keep the original size. And as far as I know, there's no way to go back and reverse the sizing. So, long story short, I can't repost them in a larger size. However, if click on the photo, you should be able to click on a little magnifying glass to increase the size for larger viewing. Let me know if that doesn't work on your computer.

    I've heard such good things about the Adams book. I'll definitely give it a read some time in the near future. I know Rod thought it was very good.

    So many people have told me how much they enjoyed Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I'm not sure why it hasn't called out to me, but again, I'll try to get to it sooner than later. Rod liked this one, too.

    OK, I'll move Under a Wing to my nightstand. We'll see how long it sits there. :)

    I may need to read the Mayes books in preparation for my trip to Italy in the next couple of years!

    Why do you think I wouldn't like the Capote book? Rod thought it was excellent. It's quite big, though! :)

    I do love all your housey pictures. Rod & I really hope we can visit someday and see it all in person!

    Christina - I'm lucky to be married to a man who has always said, "You can never have too many books." He might not have meant this many, though! ;)

  22. Iliana - One of the guest rooms doubles as my office, but the other has lots of books, too. The little white book case (in picture #7 - with the Capote book) has two shelves full of my childhood books. Anne of Green Gables, the Little House series, Charlotte's Web, etc. I look forward to having my granddaughter visit and curl up on the bed with one of these books.

    Gotta get Out Stealing Horse back from the library! I had it for 6 weeks and never got around to reading it. :(

    Andi - LOL. Yep, that Scher book has gotten rave reviews. Must finish it and post an author interview, don't ya think? ;)

    Audacity of Hope is moving to my nightstand. Fingers crossed it gets read during this administration!

    Katya - Waves!! Good to see you!! I've heard mixed reviews for both A Reliable Wife and The Postmistress. One of my regular customers at work passed the latter on to me, which I thought was so nice! I'll let you know what I think.

    Jen - I guess we do have a lot of NF. And Rod's read most of it. Maybe I should hold off on Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil until I have a Savannah trip planned. Might happen next year!

  23. I haven't taken pictures in a while, but my number of books actually owned has to have gone down. I've been thinning and wedding and getting rid of a ton of stuff. If the library has it and I don't think it's urgent, it's going. Gotta make room for a while extra person soon, ya know?

  24. I'm feeling much better about my own tbr piles! You certainly have some great things to look forward to. I really liked Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil and People of the Book - they are two books I always recommend.

  25. Bellezza - Yeah, my TBR piles aren't very organized. I keep the fiction separated from the non, and some of the books shelved are in alphabetical order, but the stacks are pretty random.

    Diane - Glad you enjoyed it. :)

    Marcia - LOL! Hope I didn't shock Jim too much.

    Thanks for the comments on Testimony and Sea Glass. I love those "book ahhh's."

    Wonder which of us will be the first to read Journal Keeper? ;) And I wonder if I'll have better luck with Marriage & Other Acts of Charity. I liked Here If You Need Me, too.

    Staci - It was pure delight snapping the pictures, too. Glad you enjoyed browsing my shelves.

    Booklogged - Everyone seems to have loved that John Adams book. Not sure why I haven't dipped into it.

    I've already read Still Life. Just haven't gotten around to her others. Maybe once I'm caught up on all the Maisie Dobbs' books.

    Yolanda - Good to know!!

    Janet - Taking it to San Diego this week. Who knows if I'll get it read, though.

    Rod's reading The Passage and I hope to read it next week when we're in Virginia Beach.

    How many more weeks until baby Nuss arrives?!

    Lisa - Mine numbers would go down if I'd stop going to the library (and accepting ARCs!). I need to start thinning out my shelves. I'm sure there are plenty of books that no longer hold appeal to me.

    Lisa - I'm glad someone's feeling better about their stacks! ;) Seems like the consensus is for Garden of Good and Evil and People of the Books. Duly noted. Thanks!


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