Things can get stressful when your To Be Read (TBR) book pile starts to block out the light from the window or makes your electronic reader start to smoke. This can lead to what we in the trade call TBR Book Pile Stress.
TBR Book Pile Stress can cause all sorts of issues:
- You start to question your commitment to books.
- You start to question whether you should still have the self-proclaimed title of ‘prolific reader’
- You get a bit twitchy around your TBR book pile or even discussing it with a fellow reader.
- At night the books in your TBR book pile dance in your dreams, slowly torturing you.
- You find yourself announcing to your family that there is no way you can have a shared room in a future nursing home. You can only see your TBR book pile increasing in size as you age. This makes your loved ones roll their eyes at you and mutter under their breath – bang goes their cost saving initiative!
So, it is important to learn how to manage your TBR book pile when things get out of hand.
- Make an effort not to buy anymore books until there has been a significant reduction in the TBR book pile. This is easier said than done. I can only suggest walking around town in a straight jacket or never going on Amazon again.
- Have an honest talk with yourself and remove the books you are not going to read. We all have those books in our TBR book piles which we will probably never read as they were bought either in a book buying frenzy or to simply show off to other readers. They will either gather dust in our TBR book pile or you won’t enjoy them as they are out of your intellectual league. Check out my post on what to do when the book you are reading is beyond you. Giving these books to a second-hand book store means they might get enjoyed by someone in the future.
- Read multiple books. Fast and effective although this can play havoc with those of us liable to have fictional character crushes. Can you imagine having two emotionally draining and heart racing literary crushes at once?
- Place book or electronic reader in your handbag and whip it out when you have a quiet moment. You will be amazed at how much you can get through when waiting for a train or bus. I also find this method is good for a planned ‘storm out of the house in a huff’ moment leaving your loved one to look after the kids or pets. Just storm off, no real reason needed, just huff, puff, grab bag, slam door, go sit on a park bench and read. Sigh!
- Split TBR book pile into two groups titled ‘should read’ and ‘OMG must read now!’
If these handy tips don’t work do the following:
- Accept that you will always have a growing TBR book pile. Sometimes the easiest thing to do is accept stuff and stop fighting it.
- Be grateful you are not in the ‘alive but with no TBR book pile’ camp. Can you imagine how dull life must be?
- Buy more books and create a ‘TBR’ bookcase! Huzzah!
Just raising my glass to my future nursing home – must tell family I will need gigantic bookcase and Wi-Fi! Sigh!