The Problem with…TBRs




To be read. Also known as the pile that will end us all.


Hi guys,

I’ve decided to start a little segment regarding some of the problems faced by readers. This could be cliché story lines, lack of diversity, shelf space and so on. I will discuss these issues and you are all invited to note down your own thoughts in the comments.

Earlier today, I realised that I own a lot of books. I buy them faster than I can read them. And frankly, that’s not something only I face. I know many, many, MANY people who face the same issues. A lot of my friends and I tend to complain about our TBR’s and sometimes go on book buying bans. Unfortunately, it still doesn’t get rid of our TBR pile.


So…I decided to discuss the issue with TBR piles. They are daunting (have you seen the size of them?) not to mention HELLA scary. Seriously. There’s been countless times where I want to unhaul only to realise its hard to let the books go. It might be the book hoarder in me, but its probably due to this desire to read EVERY. SINGLE. BOOK. ON. MY. TBR.

But that’s not realistic unless I close myself off from civilisation for a couple years (by that I mean like 3 decades). But with new releases, sequels, review copies and recommendations, its impossible.

TBR’s have us participating in readathons and challenges to lower them. For those of you who can keep up a fast momentum when it comes to reading…congrats, I envy you. For those of you who are like me- reading one to two books in a week, then strap in. There’s no easy way to say this…but we’ll die before our tbr pile disappears.

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So, lets count the problem with TBR’s:

  • They are large enough to topple and kill us
  • Can’t read fast enough before buying/receiving new books
  • As book hoarders, we cant get rid of them
  • Causes MAJOR anxiety (for me at least)

Not to mention the fact that I’ll need a billy bookcase or two to fit them *stares at shelves*

This was a impromptu post but I’m open to see what issues you face because of TBR’s. COMMENT BELOW SO WE CAN CRY OVER OUR IMPENDING DOOMS (aka TBRs)