Let’s Talk Bookish: Do You Ever Get Overwhelmed by Your TBR (to be read) Pile?

First off: thank you, Aria, for yet again including a topic I suggested for Let’s Talk Bookish. Second: is it bad I cannot remember coming up with it at all?  

            Most likely, I submitted this idea to Let’s Talk Bookish at a time where I was trying—and epically failing—to get my book buying habits under control. Big TBRs don’t bother me, per se. In fact, reading through my list of unread TBR books gets me excited. However, occasionally I encounter a problem of only reading certain books if I own other books, like other installments in the series, or I prioritize some over others. Sometimes, I forget what I have….

            So, yes, I suppose it can be considered a problem.

            How do I keep track of the books I want to read? To keep track of the books on my physical to be read pile, I list all the unread books I own in a Word document on my laptop. The books are arranged in the order I want to read them in. Often, the order is changed around slightly. It is not set in stone; I will allow myself to mood read books off my physical TBR when I want to. I’m excited to read for all the books on my physical TBR, no matter how far down they are on my list.

            Then, there are the books I do not own that I want to read. Some I plan on buying eventually. Others I will borrow from the library or listen to the audiobook. These I save on Goodreads. Being a new mood reader who recently discovered audiobooks only last year, I discovered how wide open my options are now because of this.

            Do I have a lot of books on my TBR? As of now, I have over 1,000 books on my physical to be read pile. There is way more saved on Goodreads and I add to it almost daily. (I also add to my physical TBR almost daily, but that’s a conversation for another day.)

            Is there any order/organization within all the books I want to read? The books at the very top of my physical TBR are the ones I am most excited for. Priority books are series I started and considered favorites, but have yet to finish. My overall physical TBR is arranged in order of my level of excitement. From there, they are arranged in a way that I think the covers will look aesthetically pleasing together. That said, I frequently change my mind on what looks good together. Some books are further down the list in order for me to have time to collect other installments in the series or other books I want to read alongside them. It’s a weird bookish habit I developed while writing lists to stay awake in my grad school classes.

            Does my TBR ever feel overwhelming? Maybe it did at the time I put in the suggestion to Let’s Talk Bookish. But that was because I was exasperated with myself over my book buying habits.

            Overall, having an absurd physical TBR of over 1,000 books does not bother me. If anything, it relieves the irrational abibliophobia I have. My excitement for all the books I have to read is the reason why I keep opening the Word document. It reminds me I have something to look forward to in my seemingly never-ending days of monotony. That’s the way I choose to look at it.

5 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: Do You Ever Get Overwhelmed by Your TBR (to be read) Pile?

  1. Great post, and great topic suggestion!! And I totally understand not remembering suggesting topics; when Rukky hosted, there were a few times I completely forgot about topics that I’d suggested!!

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  2. You have over 1000 books on your PHYSICAL tbr? Wow! I thought I owned a lot of books I hadn’t read yet and it’s only 50-ish books, lol. I do have a HUGE overall tbr, though. Great prompt and post!

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