The TBR Pile

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“How many books do you have loaded on your Kindle?” asked Laurie.

“Last time I checked, I had 654 books on my Kindle,” I answered. My accountant’s brain mentally tabulated how many books I owned and approximately how much they had all cost. I gulped. That’s a lot of money I’d spent over the years. I hadn’t thought of it in that way. No wonder my husband’s eyes glazed over when he reviewed the credit card with all of my Amazon purchases.

Laurie nodded in agreement. “I have about the same amount of books on my Kindle. I don’t even want to know how much money I’ve spent over the years on books.”

“I know. But I love reading. Besides, it’s how we support all of our author friends. We buy their books, read their novels, and write book reviews.”

“I know how it works. But you know what? I could sure use some reviews for my books.”

“I’ll read yours, if you read mine,” I told her.

“Deal! By the way, check out this new deal on Amazon. Laurie pointed at her Kindle Fire tablet. “If you sign up now, Kindle Unlimited will give you three months free.”

My eyes lit up. Kindle Unlimited would give me access to more books than I could ever read, all for one set fee each year. “Kindle Unlimited costs less than I paid for my TBR last year,” I replied. Let me grab my credit card!


I love reading and reviewing books for other authors. It’s the only way we can support each other in our writing community. Remember, if you read a book, please write a review. <3

This story is my contribution to Diana Peach’s writing challenge: The TBR Pile

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44 thoughts on “The TBR Pile”

  1. Ha! You’re such a great supporter of other writers, Colleen, and reviewing books is a gift. I don’t even want to think about how much I spend on books! Happy Reading.

      1. 🙂 I’m glad you had fun. I write reviews as I finish a book (or at least, I jot down thoughts). Otherwise, I can’t remember a thing. For once, the poor memory is an advantage!

  2. petespringerauthor

    Brilliant, Colleen! I’ve only been doing this for a couple of years, but I already have 300+ books waiting for me on my Kindle. I think my family’s new go-to move is to give me gift cards so I can get some more. It’s funny how getting books 1-2 at a time adds up quickly. Oh well, if reading is our worst habit, then I’d say we’re doing pretty well.

    1. Reading sure keeps me out of trouble. LOL, Pete. I’ve read like this since I was a kid. I can’t imagine not reading. KU has given me the opportunity to read more authors. Now, that’s a good thing! <3

  3. Ahhhhh ..you have me thinking about kindle unlimited but first(I sat) on my kindle and it is no more(deceased) dead even-sigh- so a new kindle is calling…I’m first it says…-smile- xx

    1. I’ve worn out three kindles in about 8 years. LOL! This time I got a Kindle Fire. I like it. I can also sneak in a game of Candy Crush once in awhile. LOL! KU is a heck of a deal. <3

  4. D.L. Finn, Author

    I definitely don’t want to know what I’ve spent on the books sitting on my Kindle! Yes, leave a review if you finish reading it 🙂

  5. What a great contribution, Colleen! And I am with you. I don’t want to know how much money I’ve spent on books. 🙂 Ignorance is bliss!

  6. The books on my Kindle are in support of my fellow bloggers and a few others outside of WordPress. I’ve written a few reviews but need to take the time to write more. It’s so easy to load books on my Kindle, but it takes time to read and enjoy them.
    I love my Kindle because it makes my books easier to read. 😉

    1. Oh my goodness. I love my Kindle. I’ve worn three of them out over the years. I read so many books. I’m behind in my reviews right now. This is just a fun way to ask readers to leave reviews. LOL! <3

  7. Good story Sis, and a familiar one LOL. Don’t forget, while your tabulating the cost of all those books, many of them we’ve got on free promos and from other authors. I hope that lessens the spending blow LOL <3

  8. My Kindle has way more books than that TBR list, for sure. Lol! I’ve downloaded many of them for free at one point or another. I always write a review once I read a book. And like you, I enjoy reading books from authors I’ve grown to consider friends. I’d rather support them before someone I don’t know at all. Great story, Colleen. 🙂

  9. I love Kindle Unlimited! I also love being able to read e-books on my Kindle from my library – I get them for 21 days, and then they’re gone. Either way, reading other Indie books and reviewing is the best way to be well-read and a loving blogger!

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