The To Be Read (TBR) list that never ends
Those of you who are friends with me on Goodreads, will know that I have one rather scary TBR list. One could be forgiven for mistaking my TBR list for something like this (albeit less tidy and a fair bit more virtual – but you get the idea)
I would also forgive you, if you’re staring at your screen like this after seeing that picture.
It’s actually sitting over 1650 books (let’s see that face again!), which equates to approx. 16 years of reading at my current speed, with the top 50 or so being mostly written by independently published (Indie) authors. I’ll go more into my indie books in another blog post later.
What I’m curious about is that crazily happily I’m not the only one who has a TBR list that is this out of control. I am joined by many others on Goodreads from all over the world with TBR lists that reach up to the sky like mine. Is this a normal occurence? Or should we all be rushed off to Bookaholics Anonymous and sign up for the 12 step program? Is our book habit any less debilitating than other habits?
I’m sitting on the fence with this one, I think in a way, having a list of books 30 storeys high is an issue, the time it would take to read all of those books (not to mention the money it takes to buy them) is huge! Some people have said just the idea of having that quantity of books waiting to be read sends them into shock, why doesn’t it for me or those others who’s lists are even bigger than mine? Am I just a collector of pretty things (read: book covers), I can hear you asking if I’ll actually read them all. The short answer to that is yes. I fully intend to read every book on my TBR list, unless I haven’t bought it yet and when I get around to reading it and buying it, they no longer sell it on the kindle (I have had that happen a couple of times already!)
So why do I keep adding to this already huge list you ask? Quite simply, I can’t keep up with the authors of this world. They keep producing fantastic books, books that pique my interest, books that make me think, books that make me laugh and/or cry or make me want to throw it across the room or hug it close and never let it go. Those of you out there who are avid readers will understand the almost physical pull towards a good book. You’ll probably have experienced it at some point, where you’re dying to go to sleep, but you just can’t put the book down or you need to cook/clean/shower… function as a normal human, but you can’t put it down. I think this is why I keep adding. I think this feeling is why the list keeps growing.
Now we’ll be realistic here, not every book I read creates this buzz (does it sound like a drug now?), in fact it’s only a select few.
So why do all this reading? Why keep building on this mammoth pile?
I think it’s the anticipation, what if every book I added to my list was AWESOME!? In reality, more than half of them will probably be only OK, a few will be really bad, but those few, the sparkling gems buried in there that are awesome, will be worth the wait!
What makes these books so fantastic? I couldn’t pin it down to one thing, or even a few. There are many reasons why a book makes this grade, why they become the drug book of choice, to list them all would take an age and a vast number of blog posts I am sure.
What about you, my dear blog readers, what do you think makes a great book? What are some of your favourites? Some of mine can be found here. How big are your TBR lists? What is your reaction to a TBR list over 1600?