TBRs are perhaps one the most talked about things on both BookTube and the book blogosphere. They incorporate two very important parts of our bookish lives: how many books we own and our personal book buying habits. For me, both of these things have become a bit unmanageable in the past few years.
I came to the shocking conclusion that most of my book buying is redundant when I made my 2014 calculations. Over the year, I kept track of every single book that came into my home, whether as a gift or a purchase I made for myself. It totalled 112.
Of those 112, I only actually read 16. That is a measly 14%. Wow.
I estimate that I probably donated about 40 books to charity over the year, but that still brings me to a pretty crazy total.
Now, onto some TBR stats. I shy away from discussing my TBR with people, not because I’m ashamed of it but because so many other people are. I am met with appalled faces when I tell people that I own about 350 books I haven’t read. These books fill two bookcases in my living room (or they DID until I had to reorganize). In my room is another bookcase where I keep my “read” books, and I tend to only keep ones I have loved or ones that have a special memory attached to them.
Though my TBR doesn’t embarrass me, I do need to make some changes because there is no way I am going to fit more books into my house. My fiance tells visitors that it won’t be long before they see us on Hoarders. I have my own private library at home that I desperately need to start using. The great thing is, I can’t wait to read them all! I spent this weekend going through each and every book on those shelves and making a donation pile of things I honestly didn’t think I would ever get to. Now, all that is left are the things I do truly want to read, and I’ve decided that this is the year to knock a ton off my list.
I’m not going on a “ban” because that is just too restrictive, but I am making sensible, self-disciplined goals. I will keep up with my tracking of books that enter my home, and also of all the books I do read, which ones have come from those two bookcases. I have a good feeling about it. Onward!
Let me know your feelings on TBRs? Do you mind having one or does its mere presence give you anxiety (most of my friends are in the latter category)? Also, what is your number one pick from your TBR that you can’t wait to read? Mine is The Family Fang, which I still can’t believe I’ve yet to read!