So let’s talk TBR (To be read) books. Just for the sake of clarity I will split this up into two categories: the books that I physically own but have not yet read, and the books that I add to my Goodreads TBR shelf.
This stack comprises about 50 books in my case. For some people this is a huge pile for others this is barely showing up on their radar. For me this is somewhere in between those two. Some of these books I received as presents, others I bought myself, very few are books for review. I have noticed that some people have what is called “TBR guilt”, which is basically the feeling that you shouldn’t have so many unread books on your shelf( there are even challenges and the like to help crush your TBR). And I have to say that this isn’t something I really struggle with. Yes, maybe it’s a little much, especially if you see me arriving home with yet more books this might be a little strange. But on the other hand I really enjoy picking a book from my personal library without having read it yet. It’s nice to have options, especially if you are a mood reader. I’m not someone who can just pick any book and go with it. I need to be feeling in the mood for a book before I pick it up. And that’s a lot easier if you have more than a couple of unread books on your shelf.. At first I thought this TBR-guilt was something I should have, something that should really be getting in the way of me buying even more books. Yet if I’m perfectly honest I notice that I really don’t care. It doesn’t bother me to see these books on my shelves, if anything it makes me want to read. And seeing as I love buying books, I don’t think that my TBR will go away anytime soon.
This shelf is positively overflowing as it contains 1563 books at this very moment. Though this might seem like a lot, know that it used to be even more bountiful in the unread-books department. Recently I did the first wave of purging this shelf by removing all books that were not the first in a series that I have yet to start. This actually cut my TBR down by a good 200 books. I made the decision to do this because I don’t always end up reading the next book in the series and then it will accidentally stay on my TBR forever, because I never really end up cleaning off that shelf ( or coming close to emptying it).
There might be a second wave of this purge coming in the future, though I’m not really sure if I’m going to go through with it yet. This clean-up action would be centered around really finding out what it on my TBR-shelf and looking if I still feel like reading these books. Because I’m pretty impulsive when it comes to adding books to that shelf, as you could have guessed from the amount of books on there, there must definitely be more than a few books on there that I don’t actually want to read. maybe I just added them because I heard good things about it, maybe because it just looked really pretty. In any case, my adding to this shelf is out of control. The ratio of read books to unread books on my Goodreads account is so out of balance it’s a pretty comical sight. This second purge might bring those numbers closer to something that could pass for a weak semblance of balance (because I know they’ll never be in actual equilibrium). But on the other hand,I really love going into books blind, especially lateley I’ve just started picking up books without having even heard more than a whisper about the plot. And it’s been very enjoyable so far. Has it always been succesfull: no, but at least now I can be surprised by the story. And I’m afraid that going through all of the synopses to these books might not only be a really lengthy proces, but also spoil the fun of me going in blind. Because I’m sure that if I read the synopsis of books that sound really good I will want to buy them and hence cannot go in blind anymore.
As you can see I’m not yet sure on how to continue from here, but I’ll keep you updated on how these things go!
So, how are your TBR shelves looking? What’s your count? Do you have TBR guilt? If so: what do you do to alleviate the guilt? If you don’t have this guilt: what are your reasons to be guilt-free?