You’ve all got one. A pile of books next to the bed, desk, armchair—or a growing list on your e-book reader—that are your intendeds, those books you plan to read this week, month, year or just soon. I have three different piles. The first is for work (I’m a book editor) and contains mostly ebooks of those texts I should be reading. The second is for pleasure and my general edification—in the past this pile has been enormous. The third is a subset of that—those books (whether ‘p’ or ‘e’) I really want to read as soon as I can, just as soon as I have the time and get through those titles in pile one.

But back to that second pile. It usually consists of about 60 books; in the past they towered in a corner of a room or lived in a dusty box, once they even resided in a disused fireplace. These days about half the books are sample files on my e-reader, so less physically towering, but just as present. Every year I add to my pile, and every year I never get through as many books as I had hoped and planned to. And because of this, every year these piles/boxes get a little bit taller/fuller, the lists get longer, even though I have read quite a few and every now and then I ‘remove’ a handful because they have been in the pile for eight years and I have finally come to terms that I will never read them, and perhaps no longer want to.

Pile o’ Books was born in 2009 with the aim of reading and blogging on a book a week. In 2010 the challenge was to read one book related to each letter of the alphabet in consecutive order. It’s probably best not to discuss 2011, or 2012 for that matter, or… well, let’s just say unforetold marriage and children took over a lot of my time. This year… this year I’m trying a new thing. No rules or grand expectations. I’m simply going to read some books and share my thoughts on them. Curious, non?

I love hearing from other readers, so please feel welcome to comment and ponder aloud. Let’s work through our piles together.

Lauren, Pile o’ Books

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  1. I agree, great blog idea. Now that you’ve hit Freshly Pressed, you’ll be getting tons of messages but as a librarian I still have to add you to my blogroll. I’m always looking for new titles to add to my piles.

  2. I love it!! I look at the pile of books on my and my partners bedside tables and it doesn’t look too romantic 🙂 we both love to read and are never happy with one book at a time – there are just too many good ones out there, and now I have decided to write my own… It may never be read but it is such an enjoyable and therapeutic experience.


    • Thanks, Isabella. It’s soooo tricky isn’t it? I’m happy to be surrounded by books (think I even have some IN my bed), the only trouble is the guilt you feel when those unread ones lie languishing. Well, I do anyway.

  3. Your blog is great!

    About 2 months ago I achieved the impossible. I finished EVERY single book I own. This was largely due to being made redundant by Borders when the company collapsed and, as such, I had no money to buy new books with.

    I’ve somewhat reverted to my old book-hoarding ways recently though, and I currently have a re-emerging pile of unreads on my desk. At the moment, it mostly consists of the 2010 Booker prize novels, which I’m determined to finish before the winner is announced.

    But yes, for some brief, wonderful moments I did it – I had read every book I owned!

    • Thanks, Tomcat. And congratulations to you for your effort in reading all your books! That’s … well … I’m speechless with awe. And your blog is in my favourites list! Or ‘Favorites’ as Microsoft calls it. I love your idea of reading the Booker long list. I hope that means you now have a job to feed your book-buying urges. 🙂

  4. Hi there,
    I also found this blog by chance and I have to say I’m very pleased!
    I’m very far away from finishing up my piles and to make matters worse, I’m also trying to add books written by me (God help me) to other people’s piles as well….;-P

    • Hello! And welcome. I’m glad you like what you see. Good luck with the piles and with your own writing – blogging and otherwise. 🙂

  5. Hello! Nice blog! I’ve come here while googling Salvo Montalbano (I’m in love with him too… ;)) but I think I’ll have a look also to the other books of your pile…

    • Thanks, Elena. Yes my obsession with Salvo Montalbano still runs strong. But one’s mind can’t always be in Sicily… Hope you see some other posts you like. 🙂

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