How to Manage Your Reading List #bookaddict #bookworm #TBR

Things can get stressful when your reading 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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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?
  4. 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!
  5. 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!

Happy reading!

Just raising my glass to my future nursing home – must tell family I will need gigantic bookcase and Wi-Fi! Sigh!

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45 thoughts on “How to Manage Your Reading List #bookaddict #bookworm #TBR

  1. My mother and I have this issue! My mum outline go last a discount book store without finding a family wartime saga to add to her pile… So we weaned her off.. You could have built a house with her books!
    I was the same, the. I got my kindle and ended up with an electronic pile instead! I was working my way through my paper books so I could start on the kindle… But building up the kindle stock as I went!
    Now I write down books I want and when the ones one the kindle are read I will revisit the list and see what I REALLY want to read!!!!

  2. Yes my TBR pile is too high and swaying slightly if anyone ever walks past too close. But the scariest part of this post is that there are people out there in the ‘alive but with no TBR book pile’ !?! I didn’t knew such a rare breed still existed 😉

  3. I’m part of a rare breed who has a very small TBR pile. If I see a book I want to read, I read it there and then, or soon after. And I don’t search for more books until I have time to read said new books. One at a time, maybe two if I’m greedy 🙂

  4. I have a cousin that I love dearly, but only recently found out she doesn’t like to read. What?!?! I’ve tried not to let this color my opinion of her but it’s been hard. Of course she does get a lot more tasks done than I do. Ha. Reading is life to me. More bookshelves indeed!!!

  5. This is such a fun post! I love reading and have acquired books yet to be read, and others which I’ve added to my GoodReads TBR list. The list keeps growing but I’m finding it difficult to get many books in lately. Listening to audiobooks has definitely helped with that. I’ll keep on plugging away at it though!

    Julianne
    Ink & Stitches – http://blog.jhwinter.com

  6. I’ve often thought that we are now having the same problem with books as we’ve had with food – so much of it, there’s a glut which leads to over-consumption.

    Someone will invent an official book diet next! 😉 The good thing is you don’t need to change up a dress size every time you download a new batch of books onto your Kindle, eh?

  7. I have a shelf of books waiting to be read and I swore I wasn’t buying any more until I get through them, and then I went to the bookstore with my sister yesterday haha

  8. Haha! “planned ‘storm out of the house in a huff’ moment” That’s awesome. I was just complaining about my TBR pile yesterday. It is OUT OF CONTROL. Like frickin gremlins. I need to do the serious sort-through in #2. That’s long overdue for me.

    1. Glad you liked my tip! You don’t need a good reason to storm off either! I find a ‘oh I give up!’ and go works well! Ignore your loved one saying ‘give up what?’

  9. I wish I had more time to read. As it stands I am usually only able to squeeze enough time in at the end of each day for maybe a chapter or two of a book. Needless to say, that pace leaves me going a month, or longer, for each book. Because I couldn’t face a huge pile, I keep a list of titles I want, and only have a few actually on my Kindle at a time. If I had them all, I think I’d get overwhelmed. LOL

  10. I ALREADY have a TBR bookcase… Because, even book you will never read – you just might be in the mood, some day (it’s happened to me before). So I’ve just given up.

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