Let’s Talk Bookish: TBR Pile!

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @Book Nook Bits, and it’s where we get to discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts! If you want to join in the bookish discussion fun, check out the September prompts!

Do You Ever Get Overwhelmed by Your TBR (to-be-read) Pile? (Jillian @ Jillian the Bookish Butterfly)

Prompts: How do you keep track of the books you want to read? Do you have a lot of books on your TBR? Is there any order/organization within all the books you want to read? Does your TBR ever feel overwhelming?

Keeping Track…

I keep track of most of my books by my Goodreads account. I have many that are on my TBR, Owned, and Read. But I have a lot on my bookshelves and book carts that I want to read. I usually pull them from my shelves and add them to my cart. I have a TBR cart and a Readathon cart. Those are my “I want to get to soon” books. I am a huge mood reader and this changes constantly. I’m getting a lot more arcs now too. It definitely pushed my own TBR to the wayside this year.

How Many…

I have about 541 on my Goodreads. To be fair, I haven’t cleaned it out in a long time. I moved and got rid of some books. I need to do it on GR too. I also have received many more arcs that I ever have this year. I’m really thankful but it’s kept me from picking up my own books for months! I think I own about 300 books that I have not read. Yep.. it’s crazy. I started off the year doing REALLY well and reading a good amount of that. Then… the arcs requests started being approved. lol


Yes and no. I get overwhelmed when I have too many arcs and can’t pick up one of my own books in a whole month. It’s just crazy to me. I also have to juggle- blogging, my toddler, and life with reading and blogging. It’s not a lot of free time. Oliver has started preschool two days (two hours ea.) a week and I need to figure out a new schedule. I have realized that I will never read all the books I own and you know, that’s okay! I can just gift them or pass them on. It’s totally okay. Some books are so old that I don’t even want to read them anymore and I need to donate those! This has reminded me to really clean off my bookshelves and Goodreads. I want to try and do this in December.. start the new year off fresh!

What about you? Do you feel overwhelmed by your TBR?

33 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: TBR Pile!

  1. I never even had a TBR before I started bookblogging! Now it’s got about 30 books on it which is fine. I did get overwhelmed by my Net Galley shelf so stopped requesting ARCs for a bit until it felt more under control. I can’t imagine owning 500 books that I haven’t read. I think I’ve currently got 4 and 3 of those are on my kindle 😃

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    • Haha! I don’t own over 500 that I haven’t read… my TBR on Goodreads doesn’t reflect the books I own. It actually has all the books I add to my TBR when Blog hopping and so on. I forget to go back through and clean it out when I’ve changed my mind on books and such.


  2. I agree re: the feeling of needing to get ARCs read, for sure!
    I do a TBR game each month, do buddy reads, and do book reviews. I think without a TBR I would feel more overwhelmed! haha but in the end, this is all for fun ❤ and the joy of reading!

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    • That’s very true! I have got to stop requesting so many arcs. lol. I have decided to not even look at my Netgalley, unless I”m uploading a review!! haha. Yes, it’s all for fun and that’s what I have to remember. 🙂 ❤

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  3. My tbr is just insane lol. I went through my goodreads and wishlist for the library this week and deleted a lot at least. I have slowly been working through what I own and am now in the process of cataloging my ebooks…Arcs definitely take up a lot of my time.

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    • Thanks, Juilie. It’s insanely hard but I’m going to be adamant to do it! I actually just emailed a publisher to take me off the list for a certain arc they wanted me to read in two weeks. I was like.. yeah.. I”m starting my fertility medications this week and they make me moody. I”m a mood reader and can’t guarantee that I’ll be in a reading mood. LOL


  4. I also have TBR cart, and its so helpful for keeping track of my TBR!! I keep schoolbooks, library books, and books I own & want to read soon on it, and it’s really great! Thats neat that you also have a readathon cart as well!!

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  6. Good luck cleaning off your shelves! That’s always a hard, time consuming process, isn’t it? I don’t request a lot of ARCs because I don’t like to read on deadline. I totally get that having too many can stress you out! Great post.

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    • Thank you! It really is… Yes.. I’m learning that I need to cut back a lot on arcs! I sometimes think it forces me to read books I want to read instead of sitting on my bookshelf for months. It just becomes a lot. haha


  7. My TBR is no longer overwhelming because I spent time a year or so ago cleaning it out. I got rid of books I was no longer interested in on my GR TBR. I did the same on my Kindle. It took a long time, but I looked up blurbs and deleted ones I knew I wouldn’t read. I finally got all of those books read. Now, I am accumulating some again, but I make sure to try to read as many as I can again in between ARCs. It’s really helped me.

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  8. Okay, your TBR on GR is half of what mine is. To be fair, it has all the books that I’ve “wanted” to read since like 2012 so I don’t think that’s *too* bad? 😂 But I want to get mine down to your number! I also like your idea of clearing out books you no longer want to read at the end of every year—it’s a great way to start the new year especially since we know that we won’t stop adding books to our shelves! 😂 I also get frustrated when I have too many ARCs and then I can’t read the books I already own or mood read the way I want, so it does become overwhelming then. Great post, Leslie 🙂

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    • Yeah, I totally add things there without a thought and then never go back. So.. I don’t really go by that one. My owned books though.. sheesh! haha. Remember how we started the year?? I read SO many of my own books!! Now, I have barely read any in months. LOL.


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