Bookworm Problems: The Neverending To-Be-Read List

#BookwormProblems Bookworm Problems - My Neverending TBR listMy current TBR list on Goodreads is almost 1,000 books, and even if that was the extent of the books I want to read (I’m sure it’s not), it’s still an impossible total.

Reading 200 books a year it’d take me 5 years to get through, and that assumes I add zero new books to the list. Yeah, right, that’s going to happen.

It’s so (well, heart-breaking might be a little strong, but not by much), discouraging to know that I absolutely have to make some tough choices with my reading time. There are good books I have to turn down, and good series I’ll need to pass up on finishing, if I’m going to have time for the great books that are out there.

I’d force myself to go through my list and do some ruthless culling, but that’s a bit use of potential reading time, and it pains me to do that. Instead I’ll continue to do my best at selecting well, and being willing to quit reading a book if it’s not worth the time.

Someone else tell me that they feel the same way about the impossible quantities on their “I want to read that!” list?

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  1. I do go through my Goodreads TBR list every now and then and delete some I know I will just never get too.
    This is a good reminder of why we should let ourselves DNF a book; we only have so much reading time in this life and I want to spend it on something good!

    • Yes, it’s why I keep working on reminding myself that it’s ok to stop reading a book. Too many other books to read!

  2. I work at a library, so I’m constantly noticing new books to put on my list. Currently close to 160 at this point. (I think…I’ve lost count a bit.) On the other hand, I always think, “Well, this will last me a while. At least I’ll never be bored.” Yes, it’s good to be a bookworm!

    • That would be dangerous seeing all the new books coming through. My library background is all academic or special, so I very rarely saw anything new that tempted me, other than a very occasional history book.

      And you’re right though – you’ll never be bored!

  3. I completely agree!! It’s why my blog tagline is “so many books, so little time”! Seeing that never ending list can definitely be “heartbreaking” (I totally agree with the use of that word!). Especially knowing so many good new books are coming out in the future, but there’s so many good books to read that have already been written, and then I read all these lovely book reviews, and then my list grows even longer…currently in the 250 range right now. In short…I completely feel your pain!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. My list is only 300 books long right now (and that’s just the running list I have on the notes app of my iphone). I average 50-60 a year so it would still take some work. Why can’t there be time to read all the books? ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Alissa W says:

    My goal this year was to get my TBR list down to 100 books. It was a little over 200 when I started. I’m a librarian so I’m constantly adding. One thing I did was make an intentional effort to read more books off the list this year. And I’ve also searched the library catalogs for the books on the list – if I can’t get it from a library chances are I’m not going to read it so I deleted many titles this way. Also I’ve ordered lots of titles and sometimes after really looking at them and skimming I know it’s not something I’ll read so I can let it go (mostly this is true with a lot of nonfiction I have on the list). I was down to 160, but it’s back up again. I think the most important thing is regular weeding/attention to the list so it gets to a reasonable number.

    • I like your idea about checking to see if it’s available from the library, and skimming the titles to see if they’re worth keeping on the list. And I do think my list needs some attention (and trimming) to get it to be less unwieldy. It may never be fully reasonable, but right now it’s getting close to useless it’s so long. I’m thinking just working on it a little bit at a time will end up paying off for me in a more user-friendly list. So if I’m in the mood for a mystery, I can find one without wading through hundreds of other types, etc.

      You’re giving me some ideas…

  6. Maryann says:

    Oh gosh yes, my list is far too long too… hovering at 400 or so. And then there are the books on my shelves waiting to be picked up too:) Could we perhaps think of them as options to choose from rather than a whole list we want to get through?

  7. I’ve given up on editing my Goodreads TBR list. At least it’s a virtual pile… right? ๐Ÿ™‚

    • That’s true – at least *this* stack isn’t threatening to take over my entire house!

      I’d still like to get it a bit more trimmed down, so I can find things more easily.

  8. Elizabeth says:

    I completely agree with this! Just yesterday I added three books to my TBR list and realized they probably won’t be read this year, as I’m studying to take my CPA exam. But at least I know that I’ll have options in the future or something to rely on when I want so bad to read this book about so and so and can’t for the life of me remember what it’s called.

    • Good luck on your CPA exam, and I hope you have lots of time for reading after you’re finished with it.

      And that’s a very good point – I’d rather have an overloaded list, then be trying desperately to remember the title of some books that I’m vaguely recalling.


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