To Be Read was not a concept I knew about before I started blogging. Or maybe it was before I started writing seriously – if you can call what I do ‘serious writing’. I bought books, I put them on my shelf, and I got around to reading them eventually.
I think the problem came when I started getting free books for my Kindle. Then came storybundles (bundles from storybundle.com), and now I also use Net-Galley. Somewhere in the middle of all that I met people online who were writing fab stories, and put them on my To Be Read, or to-read, list.
A couple of years ago I put all my books on my shelves at home, the ones I hadn’t read yet, into my TBR, and was shocked how many there are. I find more occasionally, so I couldn’t have been very diligent.
The first time I mentioned the length of my TBR list on this blog, it was 225 or thereabouts. At the start of 2016 it was 420+. I’ve been doing the Goodreads Reading Challenge to get through these books at a reasonable rate, yet started this year at 520 (although I did get seven books for Christmas).
Can you reduce your To Be Read list?
I’d like to know if anyone manages to get through more books in a year than they add to their list. If I stayed off-line for a year I think I’d achieve a massive reduction. That’s not likely to happen unless I have a major illness; now I have my iPad as well, even that is unlikely to keep me away from new titles.
I do a TBR Challenge to make sure I’m not just reading the new books added this year.
I sometimes do one of the monthly reading binges like the Clean Sweep Challenge or the Tackle TBR Read-a-thon, but it puts me ahead on my annual total rather than getting even more off my list. Then again, is it important to reduce one’s list?
At this rate, without adding more, I reckon it’s going to take me ten years. If I continue to add one hundred a year to the list, it will never end. If I add forty a year, it will take me 50 years to complete it. Either I need to give it a drastic pruning, or I need to just stop worrying about it.
Are you on my To Be Read list?
If you are, I’m glad. You probably know whether I’ve reviewed one of your books. If I’ve reviewed (or read) one of your books I am highly likely to read another one, or three, or five…. So if you haven’t been reviewed by me yet*, and you know your book is on my list, leave a comment and I’ll try to boost it up to nearer the front! Although – you might like to look at my post on series to see the competition you’re in!
How many books do you have on your To Be Read list, or yet to be read on your shelves?
*If you haven’t seen a review on my blog, scroll down to the bottom and enter your author name in the Search box. I always tag authors on my posts.