Stack of booksThe other night I was getting ready to go to bed and was struck by the urge to clean off my bedside table.  By the time I was done, among the five pairs of earrings (that end up on the table because I forget to take them out until I am in bed, and then don’t want to get out of bed to put them away) a tube of cortisone cream from my rather disastrous discovery last month that I am extremely allergic to lavender oil,  five pens (four of them purple, two without lids) and three notebooks for jotting down dissertation ideas as they come to me as I am drifting off to sleep, I found 17 fantasy books, five of which are in some state of being read.  I think that can be classified as my TBR pile.  Of course, that’s only my active TBR pile. I also have two boxes of books my mother and sister have sent to me to read, which I am not counting, and am also not counting the book in my work bag.

fantasy and science fiction book reviewsI know I am not the only one to have a TBR pile of largish proportions.  So, dear readers, I call on you to ‘fess up: What’s the state of your TBR pile, and – perhaps more importantly – how do you keep it under control?

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  • Ruth Arnell

    RUTH ARNELL (on FanLit's staff January 2009 — August 2013) earned a Ph.D. in political science and is a college professor in Idaho. From a young age she has maxed out her library card the way some people do credit cards. Ruth started reading fantasy with A Wrinkle in Time and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe — books that still occupy an honored spot on her bookshelf today. Ruth and her husband have a young son, but their house is actually presided over by a flame-point Siamese who answers, sometimes, to the name of Griffon.

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