My to-read shelf is out of control

I seriously have to stop buying books. My to-read shelf is out of control.controlFor the next month I will not:-
a) Browse on Amazon;
b) Go into any Oxfam shop;
c) Avoid my local bookshop like the plague. I average three books per visit. My last visit was motivated by the need to buy poetry after Seamus Heaney’s death, I left with Death of a Naturalist plus Robert Graves’ Selected Poems. controlOn my Kindle there are 51 items on the menu, but that includes the complete works of Dickens and Austen plus various omnibuses by Jo Nesbo and MC Beaton. Not all of it is fiction, there are a few tennis biographies and guide books left over from our USA tour last year. Unread gems awaiting me include Doppler by Erland Loe, Ferney by James Long, and Gods and Warriors by Michelle Paver. Some are read – The Orchardist by Amanda Coplin, The Hunger Games trilogy, Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy. Some books on my Kindle are on my ‘must-read-before-I-die’ list eg War and Peace, and all of Ford Madox Ford. controlMy to-read bookshelf, behind the door in the spare bedroom, is much more eclectic. From Granta to Haruki Murakami’s IQ84 which I was given for Christmas, and unread books by favourite authors such as David Lodge, Susan Hill, Kate Mosse and Pat Barker.controlAnd if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet:
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  1. Hi Sandra
    Completely understand, so many good books by so many good authors. My kindle is out of control. Thanks for dropping by my blog. I have brilliant authors visiting this week on my blog so please feel free to drop in and check them out. From 15 Sept to 21 Sept I will be giving away ecopies of some of my books to visitors that visit and comment.

  2. I’m right there in the front row with you…and I rarely leave a book store with only the book that I went in to get. (I see that you have “The Marriage Plot” up at the top of one of your shelves–that’s on my TBR pile, too!)

  3. Hay, we just got back from a short-break in Berlin and I returned with three more books. One novel [for fun] and two [for research]. My husband is despairing!

  4. I feel your pain. My TBR stack is taking over the room. I’ve just returned from my local charity bookshop, I was looking for Dorothy L Sayers books but they didn’t have any. I still bought two books. How did that happen? That was with me exercising restraint as well, or I would have left with at least five more. Your TBR shelf sounds great – happy reading!