09 January 2016

My TBR (to be read) pile - all goals achieved!!!



On the shelf above you can see all of my unread print books, add to that four unread ebooks and four audiobooks and you have my complete TBR pile.

Years ago I had all in all around 150-200 unread books at home (print + ebook), books stayed on my TBR pile for months or even years. Sometimes, more often than I liked, I lost interest in the books because they had been on my shelf for such a long time. One day I finally had enough of it. 

I decided to work on making my TBR smaller, more manageable. My goal was to be able to read a new book within a few weeks after getting it. 

I was damn happy when I reached 60 books, then 40 and now I'm finally under 20. For me this is a perfect number. I no longer need tons of unread books in my life, no longer want them. I stopped feeling anxious about not having anything to read at home long ago. 

I love that I can and will read a new book, every new book, within a few weeks after I got it, I'm reading books shortly after I bought them and that's what works best for me. 

My small TBR pile might not be something for every reader and that's ok, because it's my TBR pile and it only needs to work for me. In the end it's all about finding out what works for you and going after what makes you happy. 

I'm happy with my TBR pile, very happy, and hope that the same is true for you.

Happy Reading!

13 comments:

  1. that is great that you got your TBR into such a small number.

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    1. It definitely feels great, for me personally a small TBR pile is the best.

      Happy Reading!

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  2. My TBR is so big right now ahh!! But I can't wait for the moment when I've managed to get through it all! Well done :D xx

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    1. You can do it! On the other hand for some readers huge TBR piles work perfectly, in the end it's all about what works best for you.

      Happy Reading!

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  3. My TBR is huge right now and I feel like I don't even want to read some of the books anymore either.

    Did you just power through until you got it down to so few or did you purge books and donate/give away ones you were no longer interested in?

    I want to be where you are now - with less books and happy!

    :)

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    1. At first I sorted out some books I was no longer interested in, maybe 5-10 print books and a ton of ebooks. I had way too many ebooks I downloaded just because they were free.
      Then I started to read more than I bought, at first this was pretty hard. So it was a slow process and took me all in all over two years, maybe more. My brain needed some time to get used to having less books on my TBR pile, now I feel comfortable with the small number, years ago it would have made me very nervous.

      I also started to think more about the books I bought, in the past I bought too many books I wasn't that interested in.

      I'm sure that you can also get to a point where you are very happy with your TBR pile, regardless of how many books are on it.

      Happy Reading!

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  4. I also have around twenty. I did not count but I think its about that figure. Its manageable and does not give me anxiety as well. You've got a Moyes book which I want!

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    1. That's xactly why I love my TBR pile right now, it's manageable and when I look at it I'm relaxed and don't wonder when I will find the time to read all of the books. Around 20 books might be not enough for some readers, but for me it's perfect.

      The book by Moyed will be my first by her, I'm excited to see if I will love her as much as other readers do.

      Happy Reading!

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  5. That is amazing Sabrina! I wish I could say the same, but alas. I keep buying 5 times more books than I can read, but I am greedy and just want to own them. If they will all be read someday, when I am retired? I don't know. The more choice, the harder it is to pick the next book to read, and I still love re-reading my favourites.

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    1. But hey, you still seem to be very happy with your TBR pile and I think that's all that matters. I don't think that small TBR piles are perfect for everyone, some readers love huge ones.

      Happy Reading!

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  6. Congratulations! I think my TBR is about 60 books, counting ebooks and all, which is a lot less than what it used to be hehe.

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    1. 60 books all in all sounds like a good number! You have enough to choose from but it's also not such a big number that you need to feel stressed.

      Happy Reading!

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  7. I'm quite envious of your TBR pile. When I started blogging almost 6 years ago, I had around 200 - 300 unread books and didn't have an ereader. When I started blogging it was all about how many books you bought and having as many to read as possible.

    I now have somewhere in the thousands and may not live long enough to read through them all. I would love to have a TBR around 20. There's nothing to stop me from borrowing/buying more when I NEED to. I've instituted a slim book budget and am fm reading many more books from my TBR like. Thanks for sharing your pipe! It's inspirational for me!

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