Musing Mondays – The Bottomless TBR List


How many books (roughly) are in your tbr pile? Is this increasing in number, or does it stay stable? Do you ever experience tbr anxiety in the face of this pile? (question courtesy of Wendy)

I have about twelve books that are just stacked on my desk/bookshelf, begging to be picked up and read. However, I maintain a virtual ‘tbr’ list (62 books at the moment), which seems to grow faster than Moore’s Law (replace ‘number of transistors on a chip’ with ‘number of books on my tbr list’). I apologize for the geek-speak. 

So nope, it doesn’t stay stable. I think there are more books that I want to read, than the amount of time I have to read them. Even if I quit my job, and renounce every worldly activity I indulge in, I still doubt I’ll be able to read all the books I want to. And that, is depressing. Extremely so. 

Anxiety – nah! But sometimes, I do spend ages contemplating which book should I read next so as not to waste time. I’m actually making a conscious effort to go through the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list, as well as Booker and Pulitzer winners, just because the odds are, those books will change my life (for the better). Of course, I am bound to pick up the new Mary Higgins Clark, or the new Grisham. Even the new Jeffrey Archer novel. And sometimes, I do sigh, thinking of all the good books out there, just waiting for me to read them…..


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