Olivia’s Catastrophe ~ Cut That Virtual TBR!
Olivia’s Catastrophe is a discussion meme on Olivia’s Catastrophe which is something I haven’t done in a very long time. But I’m back now, and I can’t wait to share with you something that I finally decided to do!
I’ve started to feel a bit saddened by my huge TBR pile in my room which is piling over with about 200+ books. It can be a bit heavy thinking about how much there is to read – and sometimes a bit glorious, I’ll admit. But on top of that physical pile there, and the books sitting on my Kindle, I also have a virtual TBR. Or had to be more precise. Because when you read about 4 book blogs a day there are so many books that you can’t buy but sound lovely so you want to mark them as to reads for later on!
I had 2000 books sitting on my virtual TBR and one day I looked at it and thought, “That’s ridiculous! When are you ever going to buy/read all of those?” And it’s true, when I was ever going to? So I decided I was going to do something crazy. I was going to sit down, and in one go, write out my whole TBR by hand.
No, not make a TBR Jar. Just write it as a list. And delete the virtual one.
It may take a few hours, but it is going to save you a lot of trouble later on.
After happily copying down about 100 books, my hand started to ache. I started to get a little bit bored, despite the music accompanying me in my task. And I started to get seriously frustrated when I realised that I had 1900 books to go through yet.
You start to cut down. You don’t list every single book in a series you want to read, but instead write ‘books by Agatha Christie’ or ‘The Divergent series’. It’s still not enough though. Your hand is going to start to cramp unless you cut and don’t write down those books that you can’t remember/don’t have interest in anymore/the ones that make you ask yourself: do you really want to read that? Just so that you can save your lovely, dying hand.
The result: My 2000 book virtual TBR has been cut down to five pages of neat, hand written book titles that are each books I want to read for sure. I think I have about 200 books on there. Maybe it is still quite a lot, but I’m definitely not staring at 2000.
Oh, and if you want take it one step further? Fold up that written TBR and put it in a room that isn’t your office or bedroom. Because every time I feel like adding a book to my “unbought” TBR, I know I have to walk to another room, get it, and write it down. Every time I realise I need to do that, I end up asking myself if I really want to read the book. If I really want to stand up and walk that way to write it down. If I do, then it means it is worth it and I actually will get to it one day. If I don’t, then I’m saving that virtual TBR from becoming a looming axe over my head.
So I challenge YOU to hand write your TBR. Do you think you can really do it?
Let’s discuss! How do you keep your virtual TBR from becoming too large? Do you use a TBR jar? Or is your virtual TBR just massive and you want to do something about it or don’t mind at all?