I try to commit to a month of TBR busting.
It is the height of the Scottish summer, and after some very unusually warm and very dry weeks (!), we woke up to this today:
Apparently, I slept right through a night of thunder and lightning without so much as a stir.
Mind you, I am glad it has finally rained. It was getting seriously dry and we have had issues with wild fires, etc. that come with a lack of rain over a prolonged period.
So, this downpour has been great.
It's been quite a day here at BT HQ -filled with filling in forms, despairing over lack of guidance how to fill in the blasted forms, and finally resigning from the damned paperwork to meet a friend in town for tea and ice cream to try and forget the frustration caused by the stupid admin requirements.
After I vented my woes, we stopped by Waterstones and I picked up three books (The Tale of Genji by Murasaki Shikibu, The Selected Poems of Rumi, and The Seabird's Cry by Adam Nicolson).
As much as love the new books, I came home to realise that buying new books is counter-productive to the ongoing efforts to reduce Mt. TBR. So, I have resolved the following:
1. I will not add the new books to Mt. TBR. Chances are that I will read these sooner than later except for The Tale of Genji, which I think will make up the centrepiece of a reading project next year. (I just couldn't pass on the opportunity to buy the paperback version at my local bookshop instead of having to order it online next year.)
2. I need to spend some serious time working on the current Mt. TBR. Therefore: August shall be dedicated to reading as many books on Mt. TBR as I can, without - hopefully - getting sidetracked with library books or those lovelies that you guys make me look at in your bookish blog posts.
August is going to be one tough month.