It´s Time To Tackle The TBR List

A book lover has 3 enemies.

  1. Time
  2. Money
  3.  The blasted TBR List

While some of you might see only 2 out of the 3 as a true problem.. I consider all 3 points a pain in my spring chicken bum.

Time is always working against me. There´s never enough money at the right moment for the newest release / newly discovered book. And that good for nothing, ever-growing TBR list keeps getting longer by the day / week / month.


The Struggle is real.

It´s like a vicious cycle that never ends.

If I do, by some miracle, have money for books, then I usually don´t have time to read.

The end result: I buy the books I want and they land on the TBR pile. And since I avoid ebooks I literally have a pile of unread paperbacks, neatly stacked somewhere safe, with the false promise that I´ll one day read those books. ( I have more unread ebooks but since I´m avoiding my Kindle… those may never meet my eyes )

book stack pile

It´s the same crap every month.

But it´s time to break the never-ending cycle. It´s time to be the breaker of TBR lists.

I am so done. Fed up. Tired of looking at all the pretty paperbacks and thinking I´ll get to those one day.

The brutal truth is- I bought all those books for a reason. TO READ THEM. At some point in my life, they all sounded awesome. Why I haven´t read them?

Because something always got in my way. New releases, social life, the latest fb gossip, a hot bubble bath session, dinner… There was always something that kept me from diving into the books on my dusty TBR list.

Not anymore.

My grande idea: To tackle the TBR list.

Now, hold on a minute.

I know there´s no way I will EVER be able to get rid of the mile long TBR list. I´m doomed for life. All book lovers are. Even the occasional readers who have miniature TBR lists are doomed. There´s no escaping. We´ll all die with a TBR list one day. ( What an awful thought. Bah. )

But wouldn´t it be fab if our lists weren´t a mile long?

Think of all the money we could save if we touched the books we already possess instead of buying new ones or accepting new advanced reader copies!


So, the idea of tackling the TBR list is there. Now on to the next step.


How Does One Tackle The TBR List?

I can´t speak for others but my idea looks like this:

  • Avoid social media
  • Avoid bookstores
  • Avoid Amazon

And while avoiding the internet altogether I´ll do the unthinkable.

  • Pick a book from my TBR pile and start reading.
  • Pick another book after I´ve finished the last.
  • Pick another one until the TBR list looks somewhat presentable.

Sounds pretty simple, right? Well, it is simple in theory but it won´t be an easy task. I can already smell the sweet scent of failure in my near future. That doesn´t mean I can´t try, right? RIGHT?


So, let´s raise our drinks ( Mugs, cups, flutes, bottles ) and make a toast!


How long is your TBR list and have you ever attempted to downsize it? If you have then tell me your secrets! I´m dying to know how you did the unthinkable.

If this post has inspired you to tackle your own TBR list then feel free to join in on the fun! Shared pain is half the pain! Let´s create a miracle together. If not then I´ll be sure to give you updates on how I´m suffering from not buying the awesome new releases. But be warned- I´ll be moaning and nagging a lot while reducing the TBR list.

I hope everyone has a great day!


Many hugs,

Morgana ❤ ❤











13 thoughts on “It´s Time To Tackle The TBR List

  1. I removed 150 books from my goodreads tbr a few months ago. But since then i added 100 new 😦 😦
    I think i can avoid bookstores, since i prefer e-books anyway. But amazon never fails to tell me about their awesome £1 per book deals. At least that won’t break the bank. But still…

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    1. See? It´s a curse. We´re all cursed. You find the will power to remove 150 (!!!!) books and add another 100. Bah. lol. ❤ Yes!Ebooks are far better for the wallet but also more dangerous as you tend to load yourself with double the amount of books ( especially because of the sales ). * sigh * See? We´re never going to get out of this mess. ❤

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      1. I keep telling myself that my tbr is there to remind me of stuff i want to read in the future but no deadline, and maybe I’ll red it when I’m 60… 😂


    1. Mine too! I can´t go on social media or the blog and walk away without a book recommendation to add to my list. It´s awful. Lol. ❤ Finding a balance is not going to be easy. Time management sounds like a great idea. I´m not going to try it because I know I´ll fail miserably. ❤

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  2. When you put it down in three little steps like that it sounds so easy, so why is it so hard??? All we have to do is what we love doing – read books, and yet… the tbr just keeps growing! Good luck with this 🙂

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    1. RIght? So frustrating. We all know what needs to be done and how to do it…. but WHY don´t we do it? Damn list. * gg* Thanks… Be sure to stick around for the glorious updates on fails. HAHA. Thank you for commenting ❤ ❤

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  3. My TBR pile is getting ridiculous now. But I have a plan of action, like yourself, to cut down on some of the list 😛 hopefully we’ll both be somewhat successful in managing to reduce it in size. It’s just so hard being on a book buying ban 😦 that’s my weak spot D:

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    1. MINE TOO! It´s so painful to force yourself not to buy new books. Lol. I hope you achieve your goal ( sooner rather than later. Because, well… you know…. new books are demanding as hell ). Thanks for commenting. ❤

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      1. My motivation is the quicker I can get through my TBR pile, the quicker I can start buying new books again 😅


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