Afternoon all! Bit of a different post today! The book blog- Darque Dreamer Reads did a marvelous post regarding the TBR (To be read books) tag and was wonderful enough to mention my blog and tag me to also do a post on TBR! At first I was so excited about the tag and then I actually looked at my TBR pile and let out a not so internal scream.
I’m sure we’ve all been in that position: you buy a book, maybe two and think to yourself ‘Oh I’ll read it next week’ but by next week you’ve got your hands on another two books and so a pile begins. This cycle happens over and over until the pile is so big, miniature piles have appeared to orbit the original pile. The smaller piles start to grow until you have a jungle of books in your room. It spreads to every room in your house until you can’t breathe! You have to swap your furniture for books, sleep on a bed of books, tables and sofas made of books. Then you see some more books…And they one day you try and unlock your front door only to find a tsunami of books bursting through the door. You have to get a second home but the cycle just starts again and before long a whole town is filled with books you want to read and slowly but surely a city of books has taken over with books you are desperate to read! But they will always be in, the pile….. OKAY so slight exaggeration there. In reality, I have 4 book cabinets in my room and 2 whole shelves of 1 cabinet is just TBR books! A girl can dream of a city of books though… sigh
Why haven’t I read them yet?
There are a few reasons for this. Firstly- preference. I generally start books that I’m in the mood for. For example, if I’ve read 3 romance drama books and there’s another one on my TBR pile, I may want a little change and head for a crime or mystery novel on my TBR pile instead. Then before you know it there’s another romance book I get my hands on and that ends up in the pile also. My TBR pile ends up going up and down almost every other week; books get read, swapped and re-piled and so knowing I’ll never actually get to the end of the pile is annoying- but it does mean that there will always be books to read- which makes me very very happy.
Another reason is awkwardness. I love all sorts of books- brand new paperbacks, second hand good condition, second hand bad condition, and also, the spectacular limited edition hardback pristine books. Those books are so stunning and the covers are exquisite. But as pretty as they are, hauling a huge book on the train whilst being careful not to damage the cover is really quite awkward and I would hate to dent rip it! The solution? I just read them when I’m at home… being busy with studies and moving around back and forth because of uni can also be difficult to find the time to read! So, until I have read them, on the TBR pile they go!
Why do I get more books before I’ve read the others?
BECAUSE I AM ADDICTED TO BOOKS! I wouldn’t say it’s a problem, it’s just who I am and I have accepted that!
But seriously, have you ever bought a book because you like the author? I am so terrible for doing this and yet again my TBR pile is littered with books from authors I love but just haven’t got round to reading them yet. And that’s pretty much it folks, TIME! As part of the human race, life is BUSY! It can get on top of us and sometimes we just don’t have the time. If it was up to me, I would read all day every day forever, but then again, I would have missed out on all the ‘life’ going on outside. I took 3 books on holiday and barely touched them, back on the TBR pile they go! But the thing is, I’m happy I didn’t get to read them- we explored, relaxed and had a wonderful time in the sun. So TBR piles aren’t really that bad if you think about it! Sure, they build up and might look a little cluttered, but you’ll get round to reading them… eventually XD
In addition to books I want to read in my own time, the books that authors and publishers have given me take priority. Therefore, it’s understandable why the books keep piling up! I like to think of a TBR as a collection within a collection, my own little unread library. I will always have something to do and never be bored. Is there anything wrong with that?
Pictured are some books on my TBR pile (note some, not all as there are more than I’d like to admit!) These books I would recommend reading whilst sat having an afternoon cuppa on a rainy day (if you’re in the UK, pretty much all year round 😉 )
As always, I try and post ooks so that there is something for everyone:
“The Secret Life of Bees” by Sue Monk Kidd. This is a book Iv’e heard a lot about and when I saw it, I got a copy! It’s really just a matter of not having got round to reading it yet!
“Survivor” by Lesley Pearse. Anyone who has read my reviews knows I am a huge fan of Lesley Pearse. Anytime I find a book of hers I haven’t read yet (there isn’t many) I pick it up! I saw this in a second hand book shop in Spain and couldn’t resist.
“The Secret Wife” by Gill Paul. Part of a ‘3 books for £5’ offer, I got this book as part of the deal. An unusual story that I would like to take the time to read rather than just rush through it.
“Daughter” by Jane Shemilt. A mysterious book! I bought this whilst I was having my crime month and went a bit OTT on a shopping spree. Again, as part of a ‘3 books for £5’ offer, when I’m in the mood for another crime book it shall be the first on my list!
“The Tudor Vendetta” by Christopher Gortner. My loving boyfriend picked this book up for me along with a few others, and I was very touched. I do enjoy historical fiction and haven’t read one in quite some time. The thing about this book is that its actually not the first book in the series. Once Iv’e read those, I will read this one to not spoil the story!
“Collection of Poems” by William Wordsworth. I love Wordsworth, as I love poetry. Although I have read quite a lot of this book, it is still in my TBR pile because there are tons of poems I have not read yet!
It’s also important to support other book bloggers/ blogs in your community. You can learn so much, have advice and create a network of wonderful people talking about the same things you love!
Happy reading! Lx 🙂