Six Reasons Why Books Get Lost In My TBR Pile

Posted February 5, 2018 by Mallory in Bookish Things, Top 10 Tuesday / 31 Comments

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I actually bent the rules for an earlier Top 10 Tuesday this year and did some frightening math behind the ten books that have been on my TBR way too long.  Did you know based on my current TBR, someone could hire me to read books for eight hours and day and I could easily be fully employed for a year?  There are over 2,400 hours of reading in that book pile!

To prevent redundancy, I’m once again bending the Top 10 Tuesday rules to be a little more self-serving.  I already told you WHAT books have been on my TBR for every, now here are six reasons on WHY they’re stuck there:

  • I’m convinced I’m going to finish that series someday… My TBR is FULL of the unread halves of series I’ve started. Unfortunately, my problem is that once I put a series down I hardly ever pick it back up again.  

  • I want to read the book… but I don’t want to read it enough to spend THAT much money on it.  Sorry to say, but there will always be more books on my TBR pile than I have time to read. If it comes to reading a $0.99 book vs a $7.99 book, I’ll (typically) always choose the responsible bookworm route

  • The book sounds good, but the Goodread’s reviews have been rather unfavorable, or I’m just waiting for it to get ANY reviews before I jump in.  Once again, so little time and so many books… no time for bad ones!
  • I forgot about the book.  Um, well, this one is embarrassing.  But ever get a book and then just forget COMPLETELY about it?  Typically as a syndrome of a terrible one-click syndrome?  Nope, just me?  Oh, well…. (don’t act like you’ve never!)

  • Nostalgia… Maybe I read an amazing review, or maybe it came highly recommended by a friend.  And some books have been on there for so long that I’m just attached to seeing them there.  I just can’t imagine my TBR WITHOUT that book on it.  (Have I mentioned I’m a horrible packrat in general?)

  • Other books just sound more interesting.  It might be an obvious statement but think of it this way:  There are 414 books on my TBR today (eek!).  For each book I choose, there are 413 books that I’ve deemed less interesting.  (Mind. Blown!)

Tell me more! What keeps your books stuck to the bottom of your TBR?  Let me know in the comments below!

31 responses to “Six Reasons Why Books Get Lost In My TBR Pile

    • Mallory

      I know! But I’m worried that I might want to read them again someday, but might forget about them if I don’t keep them on the good ol’ TBR 🙂

    • Mallory

      So the funny thing about writing that post is now all I want to do is go and finish unfinished series – especially Kate Daniels! Go figure 🙂

  1. Eve

    This all makes sense for me #1 in particular. The OCD part of me that hates leaving things unfinished wants to go back and finish but the piratical part is thinking more that I didn’t LOVE it or it’s been so long I’m not into it anymore. I also forget books too…more so on my kindle just because I don’t have the physical reminder sitting there.

    • Mallory

      I know! I always get to the point with a DNF’d sereis that I can’t really remember the details of the first few books, which just feels really unmotivating and frighteningly confusing. Oh! And I’m so guilty of forgetting books on my Kindle – I need a better way to keep that dang thing organized 🙂

    • Mallory

      Basically…. every book just sounds more interesting than the ones you already own 🙂 Maybe the secret is to just never buy books, but where’s the fun in that? 😉

  2. I think I’m with you on the Nostalgia thing. I was thinking about deleting some of my Goodreads TBR books today while making my post– and I just couldn’t do it with some. I think I’m just so used to seeing them on there that I find it comforting or something. Very weird, but whatevs. Also– read Harry Potter.

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    • Mallory

      LOL! I promise, I’m getting on the Harry Potter train! I’ve been slowly working my way through the first two books via audio… but the wait at the library is taking forever 🙂 Oh – and I totally get the pain over not wanting to delete the books hanging out on your TBR. Sometimes it’s just too painful!

    • Mallory

      I really enjoyed A Discovery of Witches! The second book felt a tad slow, which is why I put off readin book three… except now I can’t remember much detail about books 1 + 2!

  3. Jo

    Great list! For me, I think the main reasons books get lost in my TBR pile is that I have so many, there are some I just plain forget about, or it’s been so long that I forget about why I wanted to read it in the first place.

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    • Mallory

      I know… I get a selfish enjoyment from kicking books off my TBR pile 🙂 Thanks for stopping by, Jo!

    • Mallory

      What shocks me is the e-books whose price just NEVER seems to go down… I mean, eventually you gotta have one sale, right?

    • Mallory

      Thanks, Barb! Hope you’re off to a great week – totally planning on knocking off a few of those TBR books this weekend 🙂

  4. Yes to all of these!! I have so many unfinished series on my TBR… but by the time the next book comes out, I’ve already forgotten about it! Haha

    • Mallory

      Same here! That’s probably the biggest reason I have so many series stranded on my TBR 🙂

    • Mallory

      I know… you think with Goodreads that it wouldn’t be so hard to remember the books you already own, right?

    • Mallory

      I’m always nervous to start a series unless I know all the books are already out…. the wait between books often destroys my interest 🙂

  5. I can relate to all your reasons, especially #1 & #4. I have a terrible time finishing the last book in the series. I purchase books and then forget that bought it. I really enjoyed your spin on this weeks topic. Happy Reading 🙂

    • Mallory

      Thanks, Jovita! Sounds like a lot of people also have issues finishing series or just forgetting about books altogether – those are easily my top two as well!

  6. I agree with so many of your reasons, especially the one about forgetting books. I had the same problem with finishing series, until last year. I decided then that I need to finish at least 3 series before I start a new one, and so far it`s working.
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    • Mallory

      I like your idea of making yourself finish X number of sereis before starting a new one – I think I might give it a try!

    • Mallory

      There are days when I think Harry Potter is going to be on my list of unread series forever, but I’m determine to re-read + finish the books this year! (Mostly because I want to finally finish the movies… which I won’t let myself do until I’ve read all the books!)

  7. I also struggle with finishing series – but not because I woudn’t want to – quite the opposite. I don’t want the series to end. So I feel like if I drag it out, I would just sort of make it last longer? 😀

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