Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created by Rukky @Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @Book Nook Bits, and it’s where we get to discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts! If you want to join in the bookish discussion fun, check out the September 2022 prompts!
Now without further ado… The topic asks us about:
Do You Ever Get Overwhelmed by Your TBR (to-be-read) Pile?
(SUGGESTED BY JILLIAN @ JILLIAN THE BOOKISH BUTTERFLY)
Prompts: How do you keep track of the books you want to read? Do you have a lot of books on your TBR? Is there any order/organization within all the books you want to read? Does your TBR ever feel overwhelming?
TRACKING MY BOOKS
It was only when I started book blogging and using Goodreads on a regular/daily basis that I’ve started trying to be more organised with the books I want to read—including the ones I already own and those on my radar—by creating new shelves and cleaning up my main to-read shelf by removing titles I’m no longer interested in or likely won’t get to ever.
I’m not well organised enough to keep track of the books I want to read outside of Goodreads—I’m honestly not even that great at keeping track of them on GR either—but this year, I decided to download Kal’s spreadsheet to track the books I own and I’ve found it pretty helpful. I thought I would be intimidated by the spreadsheet life because I’m not proficient at Excel or Sheets but I’ve simplified it more for my taste and so far, so good. I’ve still got a long way to go to complete this personal catalogue though so as of right now, Goodreads is still the most “complete” list I have.
I’VE GOT A LOT OF BOOKS…
I currently have 976 books on my main to-read shelf on GR. 😅 I know this seems like a lot (yes, I know, it is a lot!) but I expected to find it a lot bigger than this because it’s been a very long time since I sorted through the books and removed the ones I may no longer be interested in. Also, I always like to note that this list includes books I own and those that I don’t own but hae piqued my interest. I wish I could afford to buy all these books and that I had the space to accommodate them too, but alas, no. Lol.
A SYSTEM OF… CHAOS? (KIDDING!)
I really don’t have much of a system for keeping track of my books. I tend to keep it simple and categorise them based on book type (physical/digital), whether I own them, and year of publication. Since last year I also started to make new shelves for that year’s new releases and I think I’ll keep on doing that for the foreseeable future as it helps me keep track of the books I want to read as they come out! As a mood reader, I don’t organise my books based on priority or anything like that because it’s constantly shifting as well.
DOES IT EVER FEEL OVERWHELMING?
I mean, sometimes? 😂 Like when I first started cataloguing all my unread owned digital books, the longer the list grew, the more overwhelmed I became thinking about how and why I bought all these books and when, if ever, I’ll read all of these titles. That feeling never lasts very long though because I always end up adding even more books to my to-read list and buying more books to add to my shelves. It’s a never-ending cycle and y’know what? I don’t think I’d have it any other way!
How do you keep track of the books you want to read? Do you have a cataloguing system or method? Do you ever get overwhelmed by your TBR?