I have to confess something to you: I have a problem. You’ve heard of a TBR (to be read), right? Well, my problem is related. It happens when a TBR grows and grows until it becomes T-TBR (Toppling-TBR).
1) Your bookshelves are so full that you have to arrange the books two rows deep and place more books flat on top of those…and use non-bookshelf surfaces and the floor for the overflow books.
2) Your Kindle or other ereader has a list of books so long it would take you days just to scroll through them all.
3) You carry at least part of your TBR with you wherever you go.
4) You pack more books from your TBR for vacation than clothes.
If these symptoms sound familiar, you may have T-TBR as well. If you’re not sure, perhaps this handy little diagnostic tool will help.
If I count all the books my family owns (including shelves and shelves of children’s books), I’d estimate well over 1,000…and we moved them all the way from Wisconsin to Texas last year.
*If you use a Kindle/Kindle app: Go to your library, and where it says filter, you can add up all the books in the different categories. Or log in to your Amazon account and go to the Content & Devices menu; under the little book icon, it will show you how many ebooks you have. Other ereaders should have similar abilities.
According to Amazon, I have 1,070 ebooks, but it appears that number also includes my husband’s ebooks since we have a family library (I’m not going to lie though…probably at least 90% of those are mine).
Technically, yes, because I almost always have my phone on me. But if I have a few moments in the school pickup line, I’m more likely to be checking emails than to get out my book (maybe there’s hope for me and my T-TBR yet).
We just got back from vacation, and I limited myself to one paperback (plus the giant binder of the book I’m currently writing). Oh, and my ereader…
Diagnosis: After careful calculations, I’ve determined that you too have T-TBR. Fortunately, there’s a cure: JUST KIDDING! Why would you want to cure yourself of T-TBR? It’s not a problem, it’s a blessing! So many books to choose from! My best recommendation is that you grab one right now and enjoy some time reading. Oh, but before you go, just one more question: How do you decide which book on your TBR to read next? Do books by your favorite authors get bumped to the top? Do you read in the order you purchased books? Do you choose something based on your mood? Or is it some other method entirely? Let me know in the comments!
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