Let’s talk bookish: The care and keeping of a TBR


Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @ Eternity Books. It is hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. It is where different bookish topics are discussed, explained and ruminated. Different opinions are shared and blog hopping is encouraged too.

I joined this book meme because a topic could lead to different answers. It helps me share my thoughts while being educated by other posts too. Aside from this, I get to reflect on topics which interest me. Some people would not agree with my answers but that is okay, each to his own.

I practice tsundoku, which is the art of buying books but never reading them. This has made my TBR pile impossible to finish but possible if I give away or sell most of it. Again after giving away or selling it, I buy books which interest me which makes the cycle full circle. Tsundoku could be considered a hoarding problem but for me, I don’t hoard books which I am not interested in reading. This helps minimize my TBR into a “manageable” amount.

My book pile or TBR is very large. I have accumulated 300 (estimate) books to read. It is not healthy but it did help to have a lot of books when quarantine was enforced. Until now, I can’t buy the same amount of books I usually buy because of restrictions and financial woes. Now, I’m looking at my large TBR as a blessing since at least I have choices to read now.

My TBR consists of Ebooks and physical books. The ebooks come from Net galley while the physical books are a combination of new and secondhand books. I track my TBR with an excel file I made. This file has every book I have. I could easily track what I have finished, sold or given. Now, I try as much as possible to dispose of the book if I don’t like to keep it. Yes, I sometimes “prune” my list of to be read books since my taste changes and I know that some people could enjoy the books more than me. Most of the “pruning” I do is based on my current taste. Sometimes, I hold onto a book if I know that I might really read it in the future. But if the said book has been too long on my shelf, I try reading it until it has maxed out its DNF privileges.

I plan to make my TBR pile 0 which sounds impossible now but very probable since buying books now is not my priority. Books should not have been my priority to buy but I just love buying them. It is the only thing for me that is worth buying. However, now that I have a lot I question myself if I need to buy it now or can be later. This is an effective way for me not to buy more books.

Reading then decluttering is more of my style when minimizing a TBR. This is a slow process but satisfying. I sometimes give books too just because the topic or genre does not interest me anymore. A large TBR has its advantages and disadvantages. It could be very daunting or a blessing. Somehow, the pet peeve I have with a large TBR is that I could not dive in new releases or backreads I really want to read. However, it has its good sides most especially now that I don’t priorities buying books.

Question: What do you think of a large TBR?

Thank you for reading and God Bless!


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6 thoughts on “Let’s talk bookish: The care and keeping of a TBR

  1. I also suffer with tsundoku! I actually am thinking of keeping my TBR around but unhauling many of the books I read and ended up not enjoying. I would rather have a smaller library full of books I loved than a bunch of books I’ll never think about again, but my currently 50 book TBR has to hang around at least until I’ve read it.

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    1. I think that would be a good idea. As for me, I just leave my big TBR since I’m sharing it with my grandmother. We both read the same books so we share the same TBR. I only get to remove books which we both have read which is okay. I like sharing my TBR. 50 is a manageable TBR for books your interested in. 🙂

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