Day 258: I've Got Piles

You've been hanging out to hear about the re-fashioning of the book pile. I know you have and I am sorry to have kept you waiting. Playing catch-ups, I have a condition whereby I am physically unable to read only one book at a time. I like variety. But currently variety has gone a little wild. Twenty-five books wild. Down in the second part of this post is the explanation of the way the pile worked until recently. Yes, some may call it OCD. I call it organised. Chaos. For Banned Book (the) Week (before) I decided to read Snow Falling on Cedars and, given it was last minute, I had to read it almost exclusively. I found the 'one book' thing oddly enjoyable. I decided the pile needed to be greatly reduced. And so now there are two piles: the pile of books to be read in order for there to be fewer books in the pile, and, the pile. The principle of the pile is the same. It is sorted least to most pages to go. The top book is read on alternative sittings with the next in the pile. Mathematically it looks like this: a,b,a,c,a,d until that book is completed. If, for example, the next book on the pile after the shortest book is finished is, say, 'd', then the formula becomes: d,e,d,f,d,g ... up to and including d,c,d if need be. Through the pile, ultimately. On the third round a pre-selected 'chosen one', we'll call it 'm', becomes the main book, and again the pile is run through: m,e,m,f,m,g etc. Make sense? The only difference is, that in order to keep 'The Pile' fresh, a book from there ('p') will be substituted in every six books: a,b,a,c,a,p,a,d etc. OMG. This is the most boring post ever. And it gets worse. Below I will actually list the books. You can just look at the pictures and leave if you like. I'll understand. I'm bored and it's my greatest engineering feat ever.

List_Addict               Irene

The Pile of Books to be Read in Order for There to be Fewer Books in the Pile:
  • This is made up of the books that are closest to be finished but includes 'series'' that will need to be incorporated into 'The Pile' at a later date. When they finish they don't disappear like other books, but are replaced by the next one in the 'series'. In the latter category are Damned by Chuck Palahniuk (reading all of them for PhD research), and A Necessary End by Peter Robinson, as I am doing the entire Inspector Banks series.
  • The rest of this pile: Snow Falling on Cedars, American Gods, The Cuckoo's Calling, The Girl on the Stairs, The Silver Linings Playbook, This Side of Paradise, Flowers for Algernon, The Mill on the Floss, Turn of the Century, and Up Country.

The Pile:
  • This is made up of five real books and five e-books. Ten is a reasonable amount to have on the go. There are two 'series'' here too, one in the form of the Millenium series—The Girl Who Played with Fire—and one in the form of books being read for the Eclectic Book Challenge (not going to happen)—The Blue Blazes. Also in this pile is an in-depth non-fiction—The Secret Teachings of all Ages—and one book of poetry—The Norton Anthology of Poetry (the shorter version apparently, which seems rough at about 1300 pages!)
  • The rest of this pile: Against the Day, Stiff: The Curious Life of Human Cadavers, The Handmaid's Tale, A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, All That I Am, War and Peace, David Copperfield, and, Don Quixote.

And then there are the two last books that dance around the edges of all the piles: Antigone (in French) and Osho's The Book of Secrets. That's it. Simples.

The Outfit
Tag-in, Tag-out Project in play, with one item each day carried to the next
T-Shirt (Tag-in): K-Mart
Pants (Tag-out): Op-shopped
Necklace: Lovisa
Shoes: Irregular Choice 'Felt Attack'

Photographer de Jour: Moi

Who wore it better?

Getting down and linky with:


  1. Great pants love the floaty pink chiffon, aww fab shoes too :) I never find much time to read wow you do read a lot!! thanks for joning us at share your style Saturdays ...

  2. You will cry like a teething baby for Flowers for Algernon. I think my eyes are still swollen and it's been 20 some odd years since I read it.

    Everyone is in soft pink lately. I love it.


    1. Oh dear. I'll carry a box of tissues whenever there is a chance I may get closer to the end. But I think I can sense it coming. It's a super interesting idea.

  3. It´s interesting how you read books because I read just one book and never let it go until it´s finished. Loving the mix light pink and yellow, by the way! :)

    1. Theoretically I think you do it the best way - I think I am a little ADD. Thanks so visiting!


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