Let’s talk bookish: Abibliophobia and TBRs

FEBRUARY 19: ARE BIG TBRS A RESULT OF ABIBLIOPHOBIA? (SUGGESTED BY JILLIAN @ JILLIAN THE BOOKISH BUTTERFLY)

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.


Abibliophobia is the fear of running out of reading material, and TBRs are lists of books you plan to read.

Reading is a way for me to relax and unwind. It never occurred to me that running out of reading material could be a fear. I am more fearful of the thought that I might not have enough time to read the books I have accumulated. Having a large book pile is more burdensome for me because of this. My book pile became large because of my tendency to shop for books every time I finish one. I don’t regret buying them but knowing that I might loose interest in the story makes me sad. If I do unhaul them, I might be missing on a nice story. Also, money does not grow on trees so I tend to sell my unhauled books too.

Being a mood reader encourages me not to make TBRs. I only make “maybe” TBRs because I don’t usually follow them. It is nice to make them and organize my life but if my mood does not agree, it just won’t happen. I usually rely on prompts from reading challenges I joined in for the year to direct my reading. This is more flexible than having a TBR. The reading challenge I joined in this year is 2021 Beat the Backlist Reading Challenge. This suits me very much because I have a lot of backreads to read. Somehow, this is how I tackle my large TBR.


This week’s topic is very interesting. I would not know about Abibliophobia if not for this topic. I might have suffered from abibliophobia which resulted to my hoard of books. But now, I have just enough and would like to read more than collect. I am not scared of loosing reading material since there are varieties. In contrast, a reading slump is more scary for me than this.

Again thank you for reading and God bless,

– R



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6 thoughts on “Let’s talk bookish: Abibliophobia and TBRs

    1. Thank you, I do stress over my next read most especially if my current good read is about to end. However, in time I learned to let go and move on to other stories.

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