Are you really going to read that? | Fun Questions

November 30, 2013 Fun Questions 18

Join me every Saturday as I ask a Fun Question that’s been on my mind. I’ll give you my take, but I really hope you’ll jump in with your answers too, since I’m really curious to know what my fellow readers and bloggers think! So today’s question is…

Are you really going to read that?

This question could mean so many things… and I may ask it again later, with a different meaning. Today, though, I’m wondering about all those books on your TBR. Since I’ve started blogging I’m exposed to so many books that my TBR is seriously scaring me. At Goodreads I currently have 581 books on my TBR. And I’m sure that all the books I own aren’t on that list. I have 300+ books on Kindle alone, so many of them just never made it to the TBR. Same with audio books – I don’t own as many, but I buy them and forget to add them to my TBR if they weren’t there already. So we can easily assume that list is 1/3 bigger, if not more.

But have I stopped adding to the list? NOT EVEN CLOSE! I read book reviews and I find myself thinking, “hmmm, that could be good. I better add it to my TBR.” And I say so in my comment, pop over to Goodreads and add it to my list. And that list is so overwhelming, who knows when I’ll see that book again.

I recently went through my hundreds of books on the TBR and decided to sort them by “dying to read,” “hope to read,” and “maybe read” – and the project was enlightening. I ended up with 34o books on my “maybe read” list. Those were the books that I couldn’t remember why I put them on there by looking at the cover, title, author, or series. I don’t want to take them off the list, because obviously there was something about them that made me think I’d like to read them. But with 240 books ahead of them in line (and that list keeps growing), I have to be honest with myself that a good 90% of those probably won’t get read.

My “dying to read” list has 94 books on it – and some of those are books that aren’t even released yet… so I feel pretty confident that I will get to all those books. My “hope to read” list has 115 books on it right now and I think there’s a good chance I’ll get to the majority of those. The question is when. And my mood changes all the time, so there’s a good chance that periodically I won’t want to read one of my “dying to read” books or even one of my “hope to read” books, and I will pick off that “maybe read” list. Which is why I don’t delete them from my TBR.

But the point is, with the majority of the book on my tbr – considering that rate at which it’s growing – if you were to ask me, “Are you really going to read that?” the answer would sadly have to be, “No, probably not.”

What about you? How would most the books on your TBR measure up to the question:

Are you really going to read that?

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18 Responses to “Are you really going to read that? | Fun Questions”

  1. Lark

    How did I miss this great post in November/December? (Oh, yeah, I was swamped with work and not reading blogs much at all.) Well, I’ve found it now.

    I started a “someday” list on Goodreads as an adjunct to my to-read list, but I have to say that I think your three-tier system is even better. I have over 800 books on the two lists combined. Definitely not getting to a lot of those. I need to go through and re-sort and also prune, because some of them can probably come off the list if I can’t remember a thing about them.
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    • Berls

      Don’t feel too bad. I apparently missed all these comments on my OWN post! I really still need to go through and prune my list, it just keeps growing and growing way too fast. And there’s plenty that I don’t really remember anything about. Those are sort of my maybe-reads, but I think they might need to just come off the list all together.

    • Berls

      My apologies if you get this reply twice, but my first reply seems to have disappeared. Anyway…

      LOL I think that would be one scary proposition – deleting all those books on the tbr! How would I know what I wanted to read?! In all seriousness, that’s probably a great idea, except that going through all the books I own would also be a daunting list.

  2. A Voracious Reader

    The straight up answer is no. As much as it saddens me, I am not immortal and will never read everything on my TBR let alone everything that *isn’t* on my TBR. Will I stop adding books? No. When the day comes that I stop blogging and just go back to reading and not reviewing (if that day comes) then I’ll have a list to choose from.
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  3. Pamela D

    I consider my TBR list to be a wishlist. There is no way I am ever going to finish it. It just holds all the books that sounded interesting at some point in my life. I don’t expect to ever read all the books on it, and I am okay with that. 🙂
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  4. Lizzy

    I was thinking about this exact topic a few days ago. My TBR list had over 2000 titles on Goodreads. Turns out I had 28 duplicate entries too, so some of my TBR list were also in my read list. I started going through it and eventually said “f-this” and deleted nearly the entire thing. If I really like a book, it will get re-added.

    My TBR list is now at 39. These are the only books that survived the purge. If I see them on sale, I’ll buy them. 🙂
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  5. Briana

    I try to keep my to-read list under control, but it’s starting to get a little unwieldy (although I only have between 100-200 books on it, not nearly as many as you!). To help, I try not to add books I KNOW I want to read, like the third book in a series that I’m invested in. And, like you, I recently made a more select “must-read” list in addition to my to-read list.

    Great discussion!
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  6. Reanna

    This is an excellent question, and one I struggle with whenever I look at my TBR shelf on Goodreads. Like you, I’m sure there are books missing from it, which is scary.

    I think your shelf idea is fantastic, so I might just have to borrow it 😉 I’ve tried to put private notes in when I add a book – “Saw on ____ blog”; “Recommended by ____”; “On sale and looked interesting”; etc. But I think taking it one step further would be a good idea.
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  7. Greg

    I don’t have anywhere near that many books on my TBR, but that may be because I neglect my Goodreads. If I was more active there I probably would have the same thing. I probably have about 40-50 books that I want to read more or less, but I usually just go a week at a time and plan a couple books in advance, and even them sometimes that changes. I’m kind of a seat of the pants blogger, I don’t really plan it out. 🙂 That can be both good and not good ha ha.
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  8. A'ishah Rose

    I was asking myself this question recently, hehehe.

    Right now I have about 160ish Kindle and NetGalley books I’ve bought or requested that I plan to read. Plus around 300 books on my Goodreads TBR list. Plus around 100 books on my Amazon wishlist. Plus a few paper ARCs. Probably 100-150 of these are ones I desperately want to read; the rest are ones I think I’d like or ones I hadn’t heard anything about but am tempted to check out.

    With blogging, I’ve gone from adding books to my TBR pile that I HAVE to read to ones that I’ve never heard of but they look really interesting or I would never have read before in my life (like romance) but I’m branching out or participating in a promotion for the book. Before I started blogging I barely paid any attention to books that weren’t out yet except in rare cases, so my TBR pile has definitely opened up a bit. But even in my pre-blogging days I tended to add a lot of books to my TBR pile that I’d go back and remove a year or two later because I was never actually going to get to them.

    I’ve tried to stop obsessing over what I’m going to read next – which has always been an issue for me – and nowadays I don’t plan too far ahead. I tend to choose what I’ll read next based on a combination of factors – whether I have or can easily get a book, how excited I am about the topic, whether it’s a recent or upcoming release. I have a LOT of days where I read the first chapter of a book, put it down, and come back and finish it in a few months. Or sometimes never finish it. Most of the time I don’t even know what I’ll feel like reading next until I get there!
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  9. Angie F.

    I’ve been waiting for this question, because I wondered what it meant! Now I know! And I have to say my TBR is out of control, and I know I’ll never get to all of them until I’m like 80 years old.

    I’m in the habit of adding all sequels once I finish the first book, if I liked it. Or if I read a standalone that I liked, I add most (if not all) of the author’s other books. Since I read so much, this adds up super quickly. Not to mention all of the books I own and the freebies I acquire….there’s a lot. I would love to get to everything, but I know it’s not realistic. I do occasionally go through and remove books I’m no longer interested in, but for the most part, it’s a never ending list.
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  10. Bea @ Bea's Book Nook

    Will I really read that? Probably not. I have over 900 on my TBR shelf at goodreads and like you, not all of the books I own are on there. My wishlist has over 300 titles but those are books I want to read but don’t own.

    My TBR pile is a mix of kindle, print, and audio; review, work related, and for fun. Realistically, I’m not likely to get them all read even if I don’t acquire any more books.

    Good post 🙂

  11. Julie S.

    Wow it feels like this post was meant for my eyes lol. Did Rose put you up to his? j/k. My Gooreads to-read list has 6000+ books on it, so yea, um, probably never going to get to all those. I do have a “soon-to-read-list” that is made up of books I’ve recently purchased lol. That has about 200. That’s my equivalent of “dying to read list”. It is a problem us bookworms have. We want them all and it is never enough.
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  12. Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

    I don’t know how to answer this question but I LOVE the exercise you went through to get there. You’ve given me a great idea to sort me ginormous TBR shelf. Sounds like a New Years Day project.

    Thanks SO much for your enlightening post.

  13. Anya

    I honestly gave up on a “oo that looks interesting” list and now just have a “review wishlist” ie books I hope to get arcs/review copies of and a “recommended” list for books that someone specifically looks at me and says “I think you would like this.” It’s working pretty well so far since otherwise the same thing happens to me “Why did I put this on the pile again? I don’t really feel like reading it now….” 😉
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  14. Wattle

    I was just looking at my TBR list a little while ago, and thought ‘this so isn’t going to work’ D: I like the idea of going through them and dividing them into shelves depending on how much one wants to read them. I might have to steal that (one day, in a year or so no doubt, when I finally get around to being productive). I’m too scared to go through my physical books and start adding them to the list too, there’s an awful lot of them!

    In a way it’s great that there’s so much choice out there, I read reviews and think ‘a few people have loved this, I think I need it in my life!’ but it’s happening more and more, and I’m trying to branch out into other genres and there’s just SO. MANY. BOOKS. o_O
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