I know I’m not the only one with an unmanageable TBR (to-be-read) list. Sondy at Sonderbooks regularly terrifies me with her elaborate battle plans, and Melissa at Book Nut creates gravity-defying towers. My own list is a badly organized and ever-growing, and if I were to graph my current progress, it would look something like this:
Clearly this is not sustainable. When I first started blogging (and reading other blogs/The Horn Book Magazine etc.), I quickly became overwhelmed by the sheer number of book recommendations. Every time I finished a book, I’d find another 3 or 4 to add to the list.
But it no longer bothers me, because as soon as I start to worry, reading becomes a chore, and getting through the pile starts to feel like a to-do list instead of something to look forward to. Then I start doing stupid things like not making time to re-read my favorites. (I’m currently in the middle of my second Liar and Spy read, and it’s much more satisfying than some of the new books I’ve picked up). Which brings me to my next point: with so many enticing books on my TBR list, I no longer feel guilty about abandoning a book mid-read. If something fails to capture my attention after the first 20 pages, I stop and move onto the next one (unless there’s a very good reason to soldier on–as I’ve done once or twice to get through something for SLJ’s Battle of the Kids’ Books. Luckily, most BoB selections are outstanding).
What about you? All quirks and coping mechanisms for TBR books are welcome in the comments below.