If you are a book lover, you may know the problem:
There are so many books that you want, but there is never enough money and there is never enough time.
After a while the unread books add up into a pile that fills you with both happiness (all these books still to read!) and dread (all these books still to read…).
With a TBR list that contains about 115 owned, but still unread books, I decided to not get any new books until it’s at least under 100.
And so far it is, well, not working.
Five new books later I decided to limit my book buying with a reward system. As in, you read X books and then you may buy this one book you have been wanting forever.
This worked for a while, but… yeah. I gave in. Of course I did. Who was I kidding when I thought it could work?
At least it reduced my book buying by half, if you count by cost. So far, this month I only bought 3 (a bit more expensive) books and pre-ordered another. Also, it gave me the motivation to finish some of my half-read books.
However, this is still… frustrating. As in, buying all the books is too much, of course. But strictly limiting my book buying is… killing my reading motivation. It makes me feel pressured to read and reading under pressure just isn’t fun.
So, what to do?
To be honest, I have yet to find the right balance. Or the right mindset. As in, not freaking out about the numbers of books.
I don’t even know why this is stressing me out, but then again, I’ve always been second-guessing myself too much.
How do you deal with your TBR pile? And the number of books you buy (and read)?
I would love to hear about your experience!