Book Blogger Hop: Tackling TBR Pile 20

Weeklies Book Blogger HopThe Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer at Crazy For Books in March 2010 and ended in December 2012. Billy at Rambling of a Coffee Addicted Writer didn’t want it to end and took over in February 2013, lucky for us. The hop starts every Friday and ends on Thursdays the following week with weekly prompts. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

For This Week:

“Do you think you will ever read every book in your TBR (to-be-read) stack?”

I’d like to hope so but I won’t give myself a hard time if I don’t. I have 639 books in my to-read shelf on Goodreads and I’ve only started adding to my pile in March 2013. To some people I know, that’s nothing compared to their TBR stack, but for casual readers, that might be quite overwhelming.

I’ve added more than 800 books in total to my Gooreads bookshelf just in the past year and I’ve only read just a bit over 140. Let’s say I only add 500 more books to my to-read pile this year and my goal in 2014 for books to read is 150, I’ll still add more books to my to-read pile than the total books I’ll read this year…and I don’t see book publishing slowing down anytime soon so I’ll just keep on adding more and more new books I want to read.

If you look at your TBR stack more as a list-that-you-turn-to-when-you-don’t-know-what-to-read-next than as a list-of-book-i-have-to-read, then it’s really not overwhelming anymore and it actually helps you decide what to read next when you’re stuck.

For The Readers: How overwhelming is your TBR stack? Do you think you will ever read every book on there? Post the link to your own Book Blogger Hop for this week or just share your thoughts below.


20 thoughts on “Book Blogger Hop: Tackling TBR Pile

  1. Reply Francine Soleil Jan 24,2014 4:36 am

    I don’t think I’d ever be able to read all of the books in my TBR shelf. There are just too much! I counted the books I own, and I have less than 90 physical books and around 400 ebooks. And yet I keep on adding more. There are just too many good books out there. I wish I could read them all, but I think that there just isn’t any time. 😛

    • Reply Andrea K. Jan 24,2014 12:06 pm

      Exactly! My ebooks and eARCs are crazy ands I can’t all have them on my Kobo or my Kindle app all at the same time which sucks but thank god for Cloud storage! 🙂 Don’t even get me stayed on print books and ARCs. My boyfriend’s surprised how I almost always have a package in the mail everyday. 🙂

  2. Reply Sandra Jan 24,2014 5:08 am

    I have 283 books on my TBR shelf on GoodReads and I have about 13 physical copies still unread, and besides I borrow lots from the library that have to be read as well. And then we have the ARC that I read on my phone/tablet. Lots and lots of books. I don’t think I’ll be able to read them all, but I hope that I will. But I’ll keep adding books and more books. I wish goodreads would just put a stop on it. Like:
    “Sandra, you have added 300 books now, first read a couple before you’re allowed to add more.”

    • Reply Andrea K. Jan 24,2014 12:03 pm

      Ha ha! I totally see your point but I’d goodreads ever seems me a message like that I’d be mad. 😛

  3. Reply Monique LeBlanc Jan 24,2014 9:29 am

    I keep track of my TBR written in a notebook. I don’t number them so I have no idea how many is on there.
    Here’s my answer

    • Reply Andrea K. Jan 24,2014 12:02 pm

      Oh gosh! That must be difficult to keep track of. I wouldn’t remember them by just the title and author.

  4. Reply Alysia @My Little Pocketbooks Jan 24,2014 10:02 am

    Last year I cleaned up my TBR shelf on Goodreads to only books I have to read and are sitting in my house. No wish I will get one days. It was 300+ books then and I think it’s in the 100’s now. But there are always new books coming in the house. So I am in the same boat. I will never finish it all

    • Reply Andrea K. Jan 24,2014 12:01 pm

      It just keeps on coming doesn’t it? I’ll definitely have to clean my tbr pile soon, too. 🙂

  5. Reply Anja Kasap @ Reading 2011 (And Beyond) Jan 24,2014 1:11 pm

    I couldn’t have a Goodreads to-be-read shelf, it would have WAY too many books – I try to stick to a physical pile so I don’t get too overwhelmed! Here’s my response:

    • Reply Andrea K. Jan 24,2014 1:55 pm

      I think I’m addicted to adding more and more books to my TBR pile on goodreads. There’s just so many good books out there that I want to read. 🙂

  6. Reply bookmammal Jan 24,2014 1:59 pm

    I like your take on it–that your TBR list should be a resource, and not a chore to get through. That’s pretty much the way I view mine–I’ve just never put it into words!

  7. Reply Kim @ The Avid Reader Jan 24,2014 3:57 pm

    My TBR list is huge but as you said, I do like having it to turn to when I’m not sure what I want to read. So no, I’ll probably never “finish” it, but that’s okay.

    • Reply Andrea K. Jan 24,2014 6:07 pm

      Very true. 🙂 Doesn’t matter if we finish it or not, I don’t like forcing myself to read something I don’t feel like reading. 🙂

  8. Reply Kerri's Book Blog Jan 24,2014 4:24 pm

    I agree. My TBR list has always been more of a list of interesting sounding books for those moments when I’m not sure what to read next. I try not to worry too much about the size of my list!

    • Reply Andrea K. Jan 24,2014 6:09 pm

      Exactly, more like a list of books you find interesting and “might” read someday, but doesn’t necessarily mean we “have to” read it.

  9. Reply Peggy Farooqi Jan 25,2014 6:10 am

    Seeing it in numbers…wow. My TBR pile has grown considerably since being a book blogger (and that’s not even very long!) Lots of inspiration and also find that I’m enjoying books which I wouldn’t have previously considered.

  10. Reply Elizabeth P. (Silver's Reviews) Jan 26,2014 8:45 pm

    GREAT answer…thanks.

    Love your photo too.

    Happy Hopping!!

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