Musings From A Bookmammal

Musing Mondays–The Ever-Growing TBR List


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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB that asks you to muse about one of several “bookish” questions… or, you can just ramble on about anything you like that pertains to books! You can join in by clicking the graphic above. Go ahead–it’s fun!

Here’s my musing for this week–

TBRI’ve been coming across so many great book recommendations lately that my TBR list on Goodreads is growing at a furious pace (blogging buddies—this is mainly YOUR fault! 🙂 ), and this has caused me to think about what TBR lists mean to different people.

Some readers view their TBRs as a sort of race—and their goal is to get to the finish line by eventually reading every title. And other readers view TBRs purely as an organizational tool—simply as a central place to keep track of the books they want to read, but with no real hope or plan to ever reach the end.

I’m definitely in the latter category. I don’t view my TBR as any sort of commitment, and I’m quite certain I will NEVER end up with an empty TBR list! Right now I’ve got 234 books on my Goodreads TBR list. About 50 of those are actual physical books sitting in a couple of rather hazardous stacks in a corner of my bedroom, and I’ve got another dozen or so waiting for me on my kindle. My TBR list is pretty flexible—I’ll periodically go through it and remove books that no longer appeal to me. I figure that one of the rights of this reader is the right to change my mind! If I see or hear of a book that I find interesting, I go ahead and add it to my list—because I know if I don’t, I’ll forget about it—but I know that I can always take it off if I later decide that it probably just isn’t my cup of proverbial tea anymore. I do informally try to make it a point to read a couple of TBR books that I own every month, but I can’t see myself ever entering into any sort of a challenge where I only read TBRs without adding anything new to the list.

How about you? How do you view your TBR list? How do you keep track of your TBRs? Please share—I’d love to hear about it!


Author: bookmammal

I love books, reading, writing, cooking, eating, reading while eating, and sharing thoughts about all of the above–plus a bit more! I usually post about topics relating to books and literacy during the week, and then participate in a variety of non-bookish memes on the weekend. Please feel free to join in! Some random things about me– –I have multiple bookshelves in every room of my home except the bathroom. They’re all filled to bursting. They help to make my house my home. –I have two cats who I love dearly, but who I definitely do NOT dress in human clothing. Ever. –I’ve never had a cavity. –I make a mean spaghetti sauce. –I’m a newcomer to yoga and I love it. –My day is not complete without a little chocolate.

17 thoughts on “Musing Mondays–The Ever-Growing TBR List

  1. My TBR list grows constantly, especially because I follow so many great book bloggers 😀 But I always add to it, and I try to go in order, but sometimes I dip in and choose a book at random from the list!

    • Oh–I’d forgotten about the whole read in order/read at random thing! I don’t even attempt to read my TBR books in order–it all depends on my mood, what’s due back at the library, and other things. But I do know that there are lots of readers that make a point of reading through their TBRs in order!

  2. ” I don’t view my TBR as any sort of commitment, and I’m quite certain I will NEVER end up with an empty TBR list!”

    That’s exactly how I feel! I use my amazon wish list as a virtual TBR pile and, with a few exceptions, add books I physically own to the tbr list on goodreads.

  3. I think you know what my answer is going to be. I add titles I like the sound of to lists, otherwise I would forget and this has no guilt attached to it at all. My list of books physical and electronic that I own I do feel I should find time to read but I still acquire new books faster than I read… It is a lovely problem to have though 😉

  4. I’m like you in that I never expect to have an empty TBR. It’s kind of a lose guide anyway. I have a wishlist on paperbackswap that I’ll eventually get most of and a list at my library of books I’ll eventually check out but there’s no kind of order and it’s mostly be what I want to read. The one exception is review books which I do have a system to deal with and do try to read in all and in an order.

    • I’ve started requesting a )very few) ARCs so those do get put at the top of the pile depending on their pub dates–other than that, it’s usually whatever I’m in the mood to read next!

  5. My TBR are books on my Nook that I hope to eventually read. My queue/wishlist is where I put books before I purchase them. I just keep buying books, so my TBR will never be finished. I should go on a book buying moratorium and just read my TBR. I should. But I won’t. 😉

  6. I approach my TBR list much like you do – except I rarely go through and remove books, so it’s HUGE. Like 2,000 books huge. I tend to get interested in an author or topic or genre and I’ll add like 10 or 20 books related to it. I’ll probably read one or two before I move on to the next interest. Sometimes I’ll double back though and be glad I kept a list so that I can pick up where I left off. But I know that even if I become a vampire and live forever, I will NEVER get through all the books currently on my list, leaving out the amount of books I’m constantly adding!

    • Well, I don’t have 2,000 titles on my list . . . but like you, I do tend to pack my TBR with a lot of titles at a time on a particular nonfiction topic that I’m into–or I’ll decide to read everything a particular author has written and I’ll load my list with that. (Your vampire reference made me smile!)

  7. I actually deleted my TBR list last month and now I just pick out books that grab my interest when I go to the library. I really love my new system and I don’t know that I’ll ever go back to a TBR list 🙂

  8. Here’s mine 🙂
    I haven’t seen the new post up yet on Should Be Reading.

  9. And in response to your post- I use goodreads too, but don’t have much organization going on with it. I try to just browse my TBR when I’m ready for another book!

  10. There is no stopping the slow awful (and by awful I mean wonderful) creep of the TBR pile… I think I’m over 400 on Goodreads.

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