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State of the To-Be-Read Shelf: Late May


I think we’re gonna need a bigger boat.

If it’s any comfort, the books on the top shelf are the To Be Reviewed titles that I’ve already read.

About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. david e says:

    It appears you have an original Grumpy Bird, and now I am forever jealous to the point of rigor. Also I *think* my TBR is about equal, they’re just scattered all over the house so I don’t have to cower in their monumental presence.

  2. Fuse #8 says:

    Yep. That’s Grumpy Bird. Jeremy Tankard stopped by my library one day and then just whipped off a drawing. It holds a place of honor. And they are intimidating, aren’t they? The picture books particularly.

  3. WendieO says:

    Or — you need more days in the year? Actually, I don’t see how you manage to do all that you do do. -wendieO

  4. Marya Jansen-Gruber says:

    My to-be-reviewed shelves cover the walls in my office. When people comment on this I just tell them that I need variety. What I really need are many more hours in the day.

  5. Oh, I now feel much better about my to-be-reviewed pile. Of course the to-be-read books amount to shelves and shelves and shelves of books (not just one), but beyond a certain point, the effect is the same — It’s not going to happen! So why does it give me comfort that someone else is in the same boat?

  6. I guess what I meant to say is that the to-be-read books fill bookcases upon bookcases. Not mere shelves. I just moved, too, and it comes home to me that I am overdoing this book hoarding thing. When I became a librarian and reviewer and could sometimes score ARCs, it got abundantly worse. Of course the sad part is how badly I really do want to read all those books…

  7. Ladytink_534 says:

    Hey! It looks like my review bookcase!