Your To Be Read (TBR) book pile is blocking out the light from your window, wisps of grey smoke have been seen curling up from your electronic reader, your loved one has to schedule in date nights between books and your pile is so big you are considering making yourself a little house of books to live in while the family descend into chaos outside it.
This is when some bright spark will suggest you attempt to manage your TBR pile.
‘Get it under control,’ they chuckle as you eye roll them before muttering unspeakable stuff under your breath.
Warning: This blog post does not give you any sensible advice.
I have decided to do a list of failed attempts at trying to manage a TBR book pile.
- Make a conscious effort not to buy anymore books until there has been a significant reduction in the TBR book pile. This doesn’t work as you can’t walk around town in a straight jacket and can someone define what is classed as a significant reduction in books?
- Read multiple books. This makes your love of reading worse and you end up buying multiple books to replace the ones you have read.
- Split TBR book pile into two groups titled ‘I should read soon’ and ‘OMG – I must read now!’ Very difficult to sort good books into these categories.
- Announce that you are planning to avoid all book shops for the rest of the year. The problem here is with announcing your intention. I have found once I announce something like this, God makes it IMPOSSIBLE for me to do it and I will somehow mysteriously end up in one with a magic gift card in my hand.
- Make a shortlist of books you want to read and then hide the rest of your TBR pile. This is really difficult as give it an hour and I guarantee every book in your TBR pile will be on that shortlist.
- Sort them into alphabetical order. Stop trying to make out you have your book obsession under control.
- Decide to not go to any book club meet ups until your TBR pile reduces in size. Why would anyone deprive themselves of book club?
- Ask your loved one (who is known for being practical and good at organisation) for ideas on how to manage your TBR pile. Causes sudden rifts in good relationships.
- Ask a close friend or a loved one to give you a little punishment every time you add to your book pile. The quickest way to falling out with a close friend or loved one.
- Mute everyone on Twitter who loves books or tweets about books. Given the current UK political situation books are our only salvation. Best of luck at finding any kind of hope in your new twitter newsfeed. By lunchtime you will be un-muting like crazy and by dinner you will be happily adding to your TBR pile.
Accept that you and your TBR pile are lost causes. Oh well…worse things have happened at sea.
Have a good day!