The Bookish Side of Life #5 ~ TBR

Library Haul

If you’re a reader, chances are you have a TBR pile. For the unitiated, TBR means ‘to-be-read’. For some people, this is a small pile of books on your bedside table, maybe in the order you’d like to read them. For others, along with that pile, there might be another pile somewhere else in the house. And then for others, there’s an entire bookshelf full of books that you have acquired that you definitely want to get around to reading.

Reading isn’t a competition, so it doesn’t matter if you’re in the first camp, or the third, or you fall somewhere different altogether. But I’ve been thinking about my own TBR pile recently – there’s a pile on the floor of my bedroom that I definitely want to read, so I don’t want to donate them to charity, or give them away. But that doesn’t stop me from picking up at least one book at the library every time I go, or scouring the shelves of a charity shop, or popping another book into my online basket when I get the chance.

That’s because I’m a reader, and as much I would like to pretend that I want to get through my TBR pile, secretly I just want to add to it. I just want to be surrounded by books, so that when I put one down, I have a multitude to choose from to read next. And I think that most readers would probably say the same. We might put ourselves on book buying bans, but we don’t really want to get to the bottom of the pile. We just want more books to read, all the time.

4 thoughts on “The Bookish Side of Life #5 ~ TBR

  1. I’m firmly in the third camp! I have so many at the moment I’ve put myself on a book buying ban for this year, but we all know that isn’t going to work!
    I love this photo, it’s a most ingenious and original way to display your TBR pile!!

  2. I totted up my TBR pile the other day. 47 books around the house yet to read and over a hundred sitting on my Amazon Wishlist that I won’t allow myself to buy until I’ve cleared some of this pile! And yet I still wind up buying a few more whenever I pass a charity shop, or gratefully accept any passed on by friends! It’s turning into a bit of an obsession…

  3. That’s a great way of looking at it! I’m definitely a reader… A few years ago, I did actually clear all my unread books (I mean I read them, that is, not cleared out!) which was amazing, but it only happened once. I currently have about 50 unread books but that doesn’t stop my buying more! I am really struggling with shelf space at the moment so declared a book buying ban at the start of the year, just until I’ve moved house in another month or two (to a house where I’ve made sure there’s lots of shelves) but I failed after 12 days, haha!

    By the way, I joined in the photo an hour on Instagram (first month I didn’t miss seeing the date for a while!) and have just done my blog post, so here’s a link just in case you do a round up post…

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