I have a shamefully huge TBR stack. Let’s be honest here, it’s probably more of a mountain than a stack at this point… There must be between 50-100 books on it if we’re including books I want to reread at some point… I’ve genuinely lost count by now! And I know many bookstagrammers that are either in the exact same position as me or have even achieved mountain range status by now.
So we look at our TBRs and panic a little. Because how are we going to read ALL of those books?! And we still want to go book shopping STAT! And just think of all those new releases coming out *very* soon that we must urgently read straight away. And what about staying on top of books to review?! And will we EVER get to reread that old favourite?!
It’s so normal to think these things. I do it, you do it and we know countless others that do it as well! And if you don’t feel like that then this isn’t the blog post for you! (But I still love you and please come and visit again, thanks!)
So we go on bookstagram, twitter or another blog and comfort ourselves, knowing that everyone else at least is in the same situation and laugh about it and secretly enjoy knowing that it’s just one of those things that makes us all bookworms! (And I don’t mean you have to physically own these books, your TBR could be a massive one you want to read from the library, buying books doesn’t make you a bookworm.)
But I’m proud of my huge, never ending TBR, and here’s why you should be, too!
- We always have a great book to read. It could be the zombie apocalypse and we’d be happy, (ish?) sitting next to our piles of TBRs, knowing that we’re not going to run out of awesome books to read any time soon. Unless you get eaten alive by zombies and then I really can’t help you there.
- Chances are, whatever mood you’re in, you’ll have something in that genre to read when you randomly feel like it. I go through phases of reading a cluster of fantasies, contemporaries or mysteries in the space of a few weeks, and I like knowing that currently I have a good stack of mysteries and thrillers just waiting for me to pick up when autumn arrives and the weather gets cosier, and the evenings get darker… I’m not in the mood to read any of those books in August, but I’m savouring the fact that I’ve been collecting that genre for months and I can curl up and read them all when I feel like it.
“Looking forward to things is half the pleasure of them…”
– Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery.
- If you buy your books, you are well on your way to owning your own, personal library! Or maybe you’re already there… *wonders how many books constitutes a library?* Perhaps it’s not quite at the stature of Belle’s or the maesters’ libraries just yet, but one day…. *dreams away*
- Let’s face it, they look GOOD! And if you’re a bookstagrammer like me, having plenty of new books to photograph can never be a bad thing! I’m forever taking photos of books I haven’t read yet because they’re sooo gorgeous. Especially the hardbacks. *swoons*
- They’ll be there waiting for us. Need to review a book? Go for it. Want to reread an old favourite you haven’t read in a shamefully long time? Do ittttt. Your TBR is not going anywhere. Honestly, it’ll still be there when you’re done reading. The pressures you feel to read it quickly are all in your head… Your TBR will not murder you in your sleep over jealousy. I promise.
- If your TBRs include a special edition, pre-ordered books or books that are part of a matched set, you can feel good knowing that you’ve secured something truly special. After all, who knows how long these editions will be sold for? If you really want that edition, go for it! It doesn’t matter how long it takes you to read it, you’ll always have it in your possession and can continue to feel smug about owning it loooong after it goes out of print.
- You’ve already bought them! (Or are getting them for free from a library) So if you’re moving cities, going off to uni or between jobs and need to cut back a bit, you have soooo many books that will last you through that period. Good books, books you’re excited about and can’t wait to read, books that will help you maintain your sanity if you have to go on a book buying ban at any point.
[Image from here.]
Thanks for reading everyone! And let me know how many books are on your TBR/how many books you think it takes to become a library?