This is something that just about everyone can relate to. And if you’re anything like me, you’ve fallen in love with Goodreads for all the help it’s been in collecting all your books in one place. Of course, adding to your TBR has likely become one of those massive monsters because it’s suddenly so easy to grow—just one click on Goodreads, after all! And then it can frankly be quite a bit daunting to look at.
My TBR has been a bit of a nightmare and an enticing ride all at once. I love having a giant TBR. There are just so many books out there that I want so desperately to get my hands on and finally read that there’s no question I wont be able to keep up with it. And I certainly haven’t though that hasn’t exactly stopped me from trying. But you see, life doesn’t really offer up enough time for you to simply sit around reading all the time, which I frankly feel like is what would be required if I were to ever completely get through my TBR.
It’s rather somewhat of a big dream of mine, not to have zero books on my TBR because that’s an absolutely ridiculous goal for me—I’d have to give up all the new books!—and also because I’d feel a little sad if that were the case, but to at least have read more books than I have on my TBR. And there are definitely ways to get this tackled and since I’ve been having a closer look at my TBR lately, I figured I’d go through a few of them.
1. Do some spring cleaning!
This is one I almost never do, ironically enough. There’s a post series that I’ve seen a lot of people do called Down the TBR Hole that I just couldn’t ever bring myself to partake in. I’ve never been fond of giving up on books in general, and doing so without even reading them? I’d rather DNF.
2. DNF the ones you don’t like.
I don’t do this very often, but I feel like I’ll be utilizing it a bit more in the future. There just isn’t enough time in your day or life to be wasting it on reading a terrible book you already hate. Some books simply aren’t worth your time and that’s okay. I can certainly understand the author not liking this, after having spent so much time on writing it, but no one can expect others to push through when they feel like they’re wasting their time and it’s going to be different for everyone. And when you’re stuck on a book you don’t like, the amount of time you spend reading goes down. Which can greatly impact your yearly reading challenge!
3. Speed reading!
Join a speed reading challenge! I’m quite fond of the 24in48 one as it’s been a great experience and wonderful to dedicate a whole weekend to just books. But there are definitely some others out there. You can have a plan to finish a certain number of books within a specific time period—I like to have a couple done a week—and see where that takes you. The more reading, the merrier, right?
4. Don’t add as many books!
Hahaha, yeah right… But, in all seriousness, maybe only add the ones you know you really want to read and hold off on the ones that are just maybe reads. I’ve added a lot of maybe reads over the years and as a result I know have books that I’m not sure I want to read but have been sitting on my TBR forever because I still want to give them a chance. Delimma, delimma, delimma.
Audiobooks have seriously become one of my best friends at this point. They’re so useful in the long run if you really think about it. Whenever I’m in a situation where I don’t have the ability to sit down and physically read whether it’s because I have to clean, need to shower, require food which means cooking, I’m just walking somewhere (like work), or I’m just hanging out with my puppy—picture, anyone?—turning on an audiobook has been a great way to cull my TBR because I get to read an amazing book by listening to it. I honestly don’t know how I ever got by without these, to tell you the truth.