“Jeez you have so many unread books. I can’t believe you haven’t read that yet! I mean you had this for ages! And that one too! Oh, and I can’t believe you haven’t read this one yet either! And yet you keep buying new books. Don’t you wanna read all the books you own first?”
Frankly? No, I don’t. I quite like the fact that I can walk over to my bookshelf anytime I want and be able to pull something out that I haven’t read yet. But then again, when I look over to my shelves and see all the books in there that I bought ages ago and still haven’t opened, I feel quite a lot of pressure to try and spend every free second of my day reading so when people come over and say, “oh, what’s this about, this looks interesting,” I no longer have to answer with, “well I haven’t read that yet, sorry”, “no sorry I haven’t read that one yet either”, “nope, also haven’t read that one”.
Sometimes the sheer amount of books I own and haven’t read is a bit overwhelming to me and according to Read it Forward’s TBR Time Calculator as of right now it’s gonna take me two years to read all of my unread books. That is of course if I don’t buy any new ones and if I read at least 80 books per year.
It might not sound like a lot, but reading 80 books in one year is quite the daunting number when you’re having as bad of a reading year as I am having so far. It seems that 2015 is basically one big reading slump.
Another thing that turns up the TBR pressure a notch is seeing some people doing monthly Wrap Ups of 15 books and up. How on earth are you doing this? How are you reading 15 books in only four weeks? I know I shouldn’t let things like this get to me, but I do feel quite envious I have to admit! If I ever get bitten by a radioactive spider, that’s the superpower I want to get please! But everyone is different and everyone has different reading speeds and habits, and even though our TBRs might seem like Everest to us now, we’ll all manage to climb to the top one day.
How about you? How big is your TBR pile? Do you feel pressured to get it down and read tons of books in one month? And do you feel disappointed with yourself if you only manage to read three, or two, or maybe even just one book a month? Or are you cool as a cucumber about all of this?
Also, I will be in Germany until Monday and I have no idea what the internet situation will be like. I hope I get to talk to you guys and gals, but if not I will see you in six days!
I hope you have a wonderful evening, lovely humans!