Digital Shelf Shocker!

I always knew I had a few unread books on my Kindle, but wow! I recently made a tally of my Kindle library and was shocked to discover I had 117 unread books, waiting patiently in the dark virtual world for me to get to them.

Like a lot of people, when I first got my Kindle, I downloaded a lot of free public domain books, many of them classics. It was great! Did I read them? Um, a couple, but not really. Some were ones I’d read in college and wanted to re-read. Some were books I felt I should read. You know how that goes. I had good intentions. I still do.

Then I joined NetGalley and downloaded a bunch of those. NetGalley is still waiting for my reviews and I feel bad about that. I also added books by my blogging friends that I want to read. Then there are eBooks that friends and family have given me. I will read all of these, but how to fit them in?

Three of the books on my Kindle are library books that will disappear soon. I just finished 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak and I’m racing to read the other two: The Dutch House by Ann Patchett and Maybe You Should Talk to Someone by Lori Gottlieb.

And don’t talk to me about my real stack of unread books, also waiting. Tick, tick, tick…

What a mish mash! But it’s not a crisis. Everything can wait, right? Do you have any of these books waiting for you too?

How many unread books have you been hoarding on your eReader? Leave a comment and let’s have a confessional!

Thanks for visiting – come back soon!

56 thoughts on “Digital Shelf Shocker!

  1. I also have a huge number of unread books on my kindle, Barbara. Now that I have Audible, I also have unlistened to books. I just keep chipping away at the pile, one book at a time. I have joined a Classic book challenge on my other blog and that is helping me to clear my classics pile.

    1. It’s not a bad problem – the woes of having a pile of books to read is actually the opposite! I’m doing the same – chpping away. But I don’t have Audible, so that makes it simpler for me. Thanks for stopping by, Robbie.

    1. Hi Jill – I had to count mine by hand. But I have a really old Kindle. Maybe the newfangled ones are more high tech. After I counted them, I marked them in Goodreads – that’s how I got the graphic. So much to do! Thanks for visiting me 🙂

  2. On my Kindl and Kobo maybe about 30. I feel bad when Amazon asks me “How did you like…” and is awaiting a review. But on my bookshelves? Dozens… and now I have eye trouble and it’s very difficult to read physical books. Digital is easier because I can enlarge the printing… I checked all your unread titles and wished you would have my memoir “We Don’t Talk About That” on that list!

    1. Ah yes, how we stack our books! I don’t have a lot of physical books anymore. I’ve only kept my absolute favorites. I just got new glasses (3-in-1 progressives) and I’m adjusting to different screen sizes. Enlarging print on eReaders is a great feature. Thanks for stopping by, Giselle 🙂

  3. Ha, ha! I recently bought my first e-reader (a Kindle Paperwhite) mostly to avoid high shipping costs on foreign books I can’t get in the US. When I turned it on, there were the 2 books I had purchased and another one that I assumed was some promotional thing. I ignored it but was a little curious even though the author’s name wasn’t familiar. It was around Christmas and something a friend said in her card, turned the lightbulb on in my head. It was her pen name! I had bought the book on Amazon a number of years ago thinking that someday I would get around to reading it. That someday has come, so I better get to it!

    1. Hi Karen – wow that’s a great story. I really like my Kindle. It’s old (probably about 8 years) but it works fine and it’s great to travel with. Thanks for stopping by and reading and commenting. Hope you are doing well 🙂

    1. I know – I was curious, and definitely surprised. Fortunately, many are free books, so they don’t represent a lot of coin! Thanks for stopping by, Stephanie – it’s almost Friday 🙂

  4. Barbara, Your post does resonate with me. My big challenge is the library books that will disappear. I wait almost a year for some books from our library. If it is something I really want to read I will purchase the book for my Kobo or Kindle app. Camping is my best reading window and we are not planning any trips for awhile. I know you have heard it before, too many books, too little time.

    1. Hi Erica/Erika – I know exactly how you feel about the library books that disappear from my Kindle. I have so many on hold, that I’ve been waiting a long time to read. I’m in that boat right now, rushing to finish a few! Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you are reading a good book right now 🙂

  5. Barbara, I borrow and read paper books from my library. I have three weeks to read and can extend if the book is not on hold for someone else. I currently have six books on my side table. I’m confident I’ll finish all or most of them by the end of February.

    1. HI Natalie – that’s great. Since I work in a library, I’ve gotten in the habit of checking out many books. It’s like being in a bookstore, only better on the wallet! Thanks for stopping by. Hope you’re reading something good right now!

  6. Barbara, I like the mixture of unread books on your kindle. I recently gave away my paperback of Les Miserables … realised I’ll never get round to it and the musical is so much part of it for me. The Herman Hess I also have to read … but doubt I’ll get there! I also have many unread and unreviewed NetGalley books I’m surprised they still email me! Happy Catching Up! 😀

    1. I know what you mean. I haven’t logged on to NetGalley in a long time – I’m afraid they have blocked me! I’m reading as fast as I can – I can only manage about 4 books a month with my schedule. But it’s a fun problem to have. Thanks for visiting, Annika. I see you have a new post and I’m working my way over there 🙂

  7. Ha! 117! My confession is the books I get sent from the e-library when they’re available, but they always show up when my life is too busy to pay any attention to them…then they expire before I read them!

    1. Oh my – I know exactly what you’re talking about. I go on a bit of a “holding spree” placing holds on eBooks. They do all seem to come in at the same time, then it’s a frenzy! Thanks for visiting me! 🙂

  8. I think I have about 130 in my Kindle account, but many of these are library books I’ve read and have yet to remove from my device. Still, I won’t even hazard a guess at how many I’ve got loitering in iBooks. I always have good intentions of reading some of them on vacation, but I’m lucky if I get through one or two.

    1. Hi Tammie – so you have only a few more than I have. I’m pretty sure I also have a couple on my phone in iBooks. I never read books on my phone, so I don’t know what I was thinking! We will get to them all, eventually. Thanks for visiting and commenting!

      1. My problem is that I’m trying to whittle down my overstock of physical books…by checking them out as ebooks (many of them have print that’s too tiny for my tired eyes). It’s only adding to my Kindle mayhem!

      2. Same here, Tammie! Even if it takes me a while to get through them, I know they’re there – except for those library eBooks – sometimes all the holds I put on for them come in at the same time, then it’s a race! Thanks for reading and commenting 🙂

  9. I’m laughing as I’m shaking my head. Yup. I also have dozens, and dozens (and more dozens) of books waiting in my Kindle pile. The ones I read first are the e-books that my library suddenly tells me are waiting (that I ordered months ago on a list). I just finished Testaments by Atwood that way (it was GOOD) and now reading Ian McEwan’s On Chesil Beach because I only have a few days left before the library swipes it away. After reading The Secrets We Kept (a hardbound library book) I downloaded Dr. Shivago on my Kindle – need to reread that – DID I ever read it? I also have many books on here by bloggers that I really want to get to. But on audibles I’m listening to Kristen Hannah’s The Great Alone – intense! and I have many more waiting for me on that app. Oh. dear. However, I must encourage you to read “Maybe You Need to Talk…” It was excellent and made me laugh and cry. But you must also read The Dutch House. I really got sucked into the characters and loved being with them the entire book. xo

    1. OMG Pam – you’ve read my mind. I’m just finishing up A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny (for work, but it’s really good) then it’s on to The Dutch House and then Maybe You Need to Talk to Someone. I’m excited about the lineup. I haven’t read On Chesil Beach but I like Ian McEwan. I loved The Great Alone! Happy reading – how’s that blogger/writer convention you’re planning for us all?

      1. I’m on vacation now so r e l a x e d and making no plans for anything. But as soon as someone organizes an east coast blogging get-together, I’ll offer to make lots of cookies and to BE THERE!! 🙂 Yes, Louise Penny one of my top favorite authors. You are having some delicious winter reading. I just finished On Chesil Beach. Quite different – not my favorite McEwan book to say the least. The Great Alone is so dark and unhappy. I need some light vacation reading now!

      2. There’s definitely a place for light reading and I’ve come to understand that since I started my blog. Just because something is light doesn’t mean it doesn’t stand up to the serious books. I definitely like a mix. Hope you’re enjoying your vacation, Pam. What kind of cookies will you be making for our bloggers’ convention? 😉

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