I have a problem – a big one. Specifically, a problem with no fewer than one thousand, five hundred, and two parts.
My to-be-read list – AKA a TBR list – is freaking ginormous.
Seriously. I checked my “to-read” shelf on Goodreads earlier this week, and I was FLABBERGASTED. (By the way, isn’t that an awesome word?!) I have, as you may have guessed, 1502 books on my TBR list.
This is getting out of control.
In early January, I posted a list of bookish goals for 2015… and one of my goals involved catching up on my TBR list. Back then, I thought a TBR list of 696 books was excessive, but… yeah.
MY TBR LIST IS NOW OVER TWICE AS LONG.
On one hand, that’s kind of impressive – it more than doubled in just eight months? Nice. But on the other hand, what does this mean for my BOOKISH FUTURE? If my TBR list continues to expand at this rate, then I may never have any hope of reading everything on it.
That thought is ever-so-slightly discouraging.
I mean, as I’ve begun to use Goodreads (and the Goodreads app! yay!) more and more, my TBR list has grown by leaps and bounds because it introduces me to all these books, both old and new, that I didn’t know about before. I love Goodreads, but UGH SO MANY BOOKS. ALL OF THE BOOKS SOUND GOOD SO I ADD THEM ALL.
(Following a bunch of book blogs doesn’t help, either. SO MANY WONDERFUL REVIEWS AND GLOWING RECOMMENDATIONS. GAH.)
Another problem? Sometimes whittling down my TBR list involves rereading yet more books! For example, my friend Cait @ Paper Fury has been reading George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series lately and just started book four, A Feast for Crows. A few days ago, we were talking about how I still haven’t finished A Feast for Crows – let alone the next book, A Dance with Dragons – she was all like OMG ENGIE YOU HAVE TO FINISH THEM IT WOULD BE WEIRD TO READ FURTHER IN THIS SERIES THAN YOU HAVE and I was like YES YES I KNOW but…
…yesterday I borrowed A Feast for Crows from the library, and I started reading at about the three-quarter mark of the book, since that’s as far as I got before I had to return it to the library.
The last time I picked up that book was in 2013. I know the basic plot, and season five of Game of Thrones certainly helped refresh my memory, but honestly? I was pretty confused. I remembered the BIG HUGE PLOTS AND CHARACTER ARCS, but the small things? Um. HA HA HA HA HA HA NO.
I really need to reread the entire series before I even attempt to read A Dance with Dragons. And… well, I DO want to read book five! I’m so excited for it! But at the same time, it’ll take SO MUCH TIME AND EFFORT. Rereading not one but four thousand-page volumes just so I can check one new book off my TBR list? Gulp.
And guess what?! A Song of Ice and Fire isn’t the only series that I need to rereread before I can finish the last few volumes! I want to finish A Series of Unfortunate Events, but I don’t even REMEMBER where I left off. Ditto for the Kane Chronicles. And I keep feeling like I should reread the Lord of the Rings trilogy (and maybe The Hobbit too) before I pick up The Silmarillion.
And to top it all off, this year has been rather lackluster in terms of my reading habits. I’ve actually been reading a lot lately – maybe because I realized that I won’t have as much time for recreational reading once I head off to college in just eight days, and am therefore cramming in as many stories as possible? But that’s obviously not making even a dent in my gigantic TBR list, especially since I slacked off so much earlier this year.
And, like I said, COLLEGE. The other day, I looked at the reading lists for my classes and… yeah, lots and lots of books. I’ll need to focus on those books and not my TBR list, obviously. (Ugh, that came out wrong – I don’t want it to seem like I’m complaining! There’s just SO MUCH to read for class, and I’ll probably end up reading more from my TBR list during Thanksgiving, winter, and spring breaks.)
BOOKS UPON BOOKS UPON BOOKS! Oh my. My TBR list is out of control right now, and… who knows? Maybe it’ll always be out of control, and I’ll always try to catch up. SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME.
Someday I may figure out how to manage my TBR list – and maybe I’ll write a post about it! In the meantime, how do you keep your TBR list manageable? How do you decide what to read next when there are SO MANY BOOKS clamoring for your attention?!