Simplifying My TBR Stack

Ahem. When it comes to books, I tend to bite off more than I can chew. This wasn’t a problem when I was a kid, or in college, or newly married, or even when there were babies in my house because they slept a lot and didn’t mind me reading if I still met their needs and loved on them sufficiently.

But these days? Reading time is precious, and my overly ambitious stack leaves me feeling frustrated or paralyzed by the choices rather than excited to dive in.

Here’s what we’re dealing with:


Seven books isn’t so bad, right? But I’ve already started four of them, two are overdue, and one is on hold for somebody else and due in a few days.

You know, if I could just get my eyes off my dang phone, I’d have more reading time…but that’s another story for another day.

Right now, we have to do triage:


This is what I’m left with. 12 Ways is the priority because it’s…well, it’s already overdue by three (or four?) days. Then, I’ll keep working through The Sum of Small Things because I’m over halfway done and, honestly, so riveted it’s hard to put down. Finally, I will dive into Total Truth with nothing else to hinder me or pull me away.

No more books until I finish these, so likely, none until next year.

Oh, except I forgot: I just picked up The Theory of the Leisure Class and Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City on hold from the library.

Ahem. Some lessons are hard to learn…

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Published by MK Jorgenson

Thinking, writing, and talking about Christian stewardship in all of its facets.

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