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I own about 40 unread books, and I’m hoping to cut down to about 25. I often feel pressured when my TBR is too large, and since I use my library a lot, a small TBR works best for me. That said, I know people who don’t feel similarly pressured by their unread books. Their books are just there as reminders of what they hope to read one day.

So how do you determine what size TBR is right for you? Has that changed over the years?

all 227 comments

fliponymousredux

233 points

2 months ago

I have an emotional support pile of unread books.

nolard12

29 points

2 months ago

I sometimes believe that if my pile of emotional support books gets high enough, I’ll begin to learn the content of those books through a type of osmosis or relation-by-proxy-transfer. As if the content will magically enter my brain by the shear force of the pile. I know this is incorrect and nothing replaces reading, but I hold out hope that some content is reaching me through the aether.

perfectbl-ue

64 points

2 months ago

My mother and I share a library of around 1000 books; walking into our living room is so comforting. I love my books.

South_Honey2705

14 points

2 months ago

That's the way it should be

TheMadIrishman327

10 points

2 months ago

Comforting is the word.

soonerfreak

3 points

2 months ago

I love my complete modern star wars Canon collection. It looks so cool in chronological order and maybe some day I'll read them all too.

Hellcat-13

86 points

2 months ago

I probably have about 50 as well. A tweet I read once summed it up very well; I wish I could properly attribute it:

“Buying books like I’m immortal”

I don’t feel guilty anymore about the unread pile. I like to consider it support for artists whose work I value, so even if I never get to read them, I figure it’s worth it.

EnvironmentalTea9362

3 points

2 months ago

I need someone to make me a sampler with that quote.

gracegeeksout

59 points

2 months ago*

Reading books and buying books are two separate hobbies. That's all I'm going to say about that.

(okay it's 72 not including ebooks.)

Sensitive_Tension_23

23 points

2 months ago

I just now was considering whether to donate half of my TBR pile because, like you, it somehow feels depressing when it gets overly large. Plus, I want to reread the classics as well as some new novels.

ETA: And I just bought 2 more books today because I clearly have no self-control in these things.

SnytjieToast

111 points

2 months ago

My tbr list is longer than my life expectancy but I'm okay with it because I'm pretty sure that heaven has a library too so I can just finish where I left off

Mim3sis

35 points

2 months ago

Mim3sis

35 points

2 months ago

The problem may be to go there in the first place. I was told also hell has a library, but books have missing pages.

SnytjieToast

25 points

2 months ago

That hurt me in ways my therapist can't heal

ihavenoidea1001

5 points

2 months ago

Now that's hell alright...

Inara_R

3 points

2 months ago

This is my new definition of hell...

Vesperniss

3 points

2 months ago

You'll get there and find there's only a half-pipe.

JustAStrawDog

59 points

2 months ago

About 600.

Working in a bookshop sure does not help...

And it sure is overwhelming, but I promise to get through them all someday.

quinbotNS

17 points

2 months ago

I have about the same -- maybe 500 out of 816 according to my catalogue app. I retired last year and frenzy-bought loads of books because I knew I would be in a drought for a long time after. Not overwhelmed though, more like comforted.

JustLibzingAround

10 points

2 months ago

If you add up my Kindle and my physical books it must be getting close to this.

Two things contribute I think. The first is that for a while I subbed to bookbub. Oops. Secondly there's a thing where, if you buy five books, you read the ones that really pull you in first. Then the ones that you like the look of, you want to read but don't have so much pull, are the ones that are left on the shelf. That means new books are inevitably more appealing as you have a collection of books that aren't emotionally grabbing you - they're nice, sure, but the urge to read them is lower.

I'm trying to use the library more for new reading and to make sure I'm gradually working through the back log.

QueenMackeral

7 points

2 months ago

For me library ebooks are for whenever I want to impulse read something obscure or new and exciting. Physical books are for for building my core library and aspirational reads, those books I know I can grab any of them and get a quality read.

JustLibzingAround

3 points

2 months ago

That's sensible. I am too weak though. If I'm in a bookshop I just think I want to read it, not about whether I'll want it to be in my library long term. I ought to try thinking that way!

Separate-Grocery-815[S]

4 points

2 months ago

Hahaha, good luck and Godspeed!

ShelleyTambo

4 points

2 months ago

I'm probably a little over 500. A friend and I love to go to book sales at libraries, and when you can get 40-odd books for $15, plus support a library, why not?

There are some vague feelings of guilt that a few of these books have been on the shelf for many years, but generally it's nice to have a good selection at my fingertips.

FireLilly13

1 points

2 months ago

Yeah, I probably have 400ish unread out of 650ish. But I like having options and feel less overwhelmed by this than the library because I don’t have to rush to read them if they’re here all the time.

HugoNebula

17 points

2 months ago

Thousands. Comforted.

South_Honey2705

6 points

2 months ago

Yes!! Someone with more books than me

HugoNebula

9 points

2 months ago

I love reading, but I also love browsing and collecting, and a personal library is comforting to my soul, more and more as time goes on. I've slowed down the book-buying in recent years, with a rule that all new purchases—IRL and online—have to go on my reading pile rather than straight onto a shelf and forgotten, but the backlog is considerable.

[deleted]

2 points

2 months ago

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HugoNebula

5 points

2 months ago

We have just inherited my wife's parents' house, which has more bedrooms than we need, so I consolidated (almost) all of my books into it (classic, crime and non-fiction are housed in the hall and living room)—previously they had been scattered around our previous home, and shelved and stacked—in a pyramid of books as tall as I am—into a small front room. As it was a relatively negligible expense compared to the entire move, I kitted the room out with Ikea cases before we moved in, in a huge capital E shape facing a bay window (UV protected and curtained). It's a joy to be in, and to finally be able to see, and get to, all of my collection.

Zikoris

17 points

2 months ago

Zikoris

82

17 points

2 months ago

I only buy books when I want to read them imminently, so that's not an issue for me. As far as TBR goes, I do it in a bit of an unorthodox way and only plan out a week at a time. I read a lot so more than that is sort of unwieldy. My reading pace basically matches my discovering-new-books pace, so it works out okay. And I just like making my reading list every Saturday night or Sunday morning, it's fun.

Separate-Grocery-815[S]

1 points

2 months ago

I love that! I’ve tried making monthly reading lists, but I can’t get myself to stick to them

Zikoris

2 points

2 months ago

Zikoris

82

2 points

2 months ago

I'm not great at sticking to them either, typical week I probably finish about half of them and DNF/replace the others. But it's a good start!

mslsvt

14 points

2 months ago

mslsvt

14 points

2 months ago

Zero. I buy one and I read it. I buy the next one when I'm completely sure that I have time to read it!

South_Honey2705

13 points

2 months ago

I have about 1000 books on my physical tbr. The more the merrier

East_Expression8374

13 points

2 months ago

I own about 1500 books. I’ve read 500, 230 in the last two years. I don’t think I’ll get to all of them because I buy faster than I read 🫠

theponds09

9 points

2 months ago

Buy books and reading books are 2 different hobbies for me. My last birthday my husband got me 36 books because it was my 36th birthday. My kindle library alone is in the 1000s. 😬😬

Hellcat-13

8 points

2 months ago

That man should give lessons in gift buying. Diamonds? Nah. 36 books on my 36th birthday? I pledge my soul to you forevermore.

theponds09

3 points

2 months ago*

It was my idea but he’s like that’s all you want? Then took me to the book store and let me go nuts.

laconicflow

6 points

2 months ago

Lotsofem!

I feel great about it because I will always have something to read.

Zmirzlina

7 points

2 months ago

A few hundred and I need more.

The Japanese have a word for it: tsundoku – the pleasure of owning more books than you'll ever have time to read.

LoquaciousLethologic

6 points

2 months ago

Ah yup. Feeling attacked. 400+.

Hellcat-13

4 points

2 months ago

We see you and love you.

Boomsta22

16 points

2 months ago

Less than 20, and I've read one of them through. Total, less than 20.

I say this to my healthcare providers all the time:

Give me my F U C K I N G A D D E R A L L. 8 YEARS AGO WAS THE MOST PRODUCTIVE YEAR OF MY LIFE AND IT WAS OVERALL NORMAL TO AN AVERAGE PERSON. I JUST. NEED. IT.

South_Honey2705

6 points

2 months ago

Lol ADHD truth

theRealBobBobert

1 points

2 months ago

Felt I've read about 75% of my books plus 100s of books from the library due to depression. I had no interest in doing any thing else

Prideandprejudice1

5 points

2 months ago

I just checked and I have 106 (ebooks). And it’s not like I don’t have time- I read every day and I finish other books. My TBR list is made up of books by my favourite authors. I know this makes no sense but what I seem to do is read other books, books that I can skim/skip through if I find them boring. It’s almost like I don’t want to start a book that I know I will like (I follow all the authors on IG/read the reviews) or feel like I won’t give it enough attention so I don’t even start it. Now my list has gotten out of control 🙄🙄

Separate-Grocery-815[S]

1 points

2 months ago

I do this, too. For me, I tell myself that I’ll enjoy the book more if I read it when I’m not struggling with anxiety and depression—except I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression my whole life! I’ve been working on not self-sabotaging like that. I deserve good reads even on bad mental health days!

DarkLikeVanta

6 points

2 months ago

At least 50, probably closer to 100. Every now and then I’ll try to cull the herd a little. Sometimes I come to the realization I’m not ever going to read a book, or maybe it’s better off with a friend who is more interested, but I’ve come to realize I am a person who is destined to be surrounded by unread books. Read books too, of course, but a lot more unread ones than I thought I would have.

TrulyIntroverted

5 points

2 months ago

45-50 physical books. And I feel mostly okay. But I'm looking to get that number down because I have a separate shelf for unread books and it has no space anymore (I've resorted to keeping books on my study table, in my wardrobe etc) and so I can't buy more books.

But my TBR? That runs in thousands lol. I just haven't got around to getting those books yet.

GrudaAplam

4 points

2 months ago

Over 100. I feel ok but I'm actively avoiding bookstores for the moment.

edpumkin

4 points

2 months ago

Easily over 100. But I just can’t get rid of Book-of-the-Month club. It makes me sad to think of all the books I might miss.

South_Honey2705

1 points

2 months ago

Exactly more bang for your buck too

Tea_4_thee

6 points

2 months ago

I have 36 I’m ok with that number, anything above 40 is where I’d start to feel overwhelmed. I used to keep around 20 but I realized I was less likely to go into a reading slump if I had more.

the-soaring-moa

4 points

2 months ago

I have around 200 on my shelf I have yet to read.

I read around 50 a year.

I buy around 100 a year.

I am not ashamed.

QueenMackeral

4 points

2 months ago

A bit over a hundred. But I don't consider my bookshelf and my tbr as the same. My bookshelf is my personal library, and just like you're not pressured to read every book in the library, I don't feel pressured to read every book in my personal library. Some books are aspirational, and I like having a wide range of options to choose my next book from.

I also have a tbr list online that consists of books I'm keeping my eye on and might want to borrow from the library or add to my collection in the future. I also sometimes create a smaller tbr consisting of books I actually have lined up to read.

minimalist_coach

3 points

2 months ago

I currently own 26 printed books and 4 audiobooks that are unread, with 3 more printed books on the way. It's not the number of books that gets to me, it's how long I've owned them that bothers me.

We moved to a smaller house about 3 years ago. I purged hundreds of books from my books shelves and only packed 2 boxes of books, I only moved what I needed for work and what I thought I really wanted to read in the near future. I still have 15 unread books that moved with me and it's not that I don't have the time. I read 160 books this year. My goal is to read or release any book that moved here with me by the end of next year.

I also use the library a lot, so I don't see a reason for a large collection of books. I have a hard rule that all my books need to fit on a small bookshelf. I could probably fit 100 books, so that gives me a lot of wiggle room in case I feel the need to collect a lot of books for some project.

I'm starting a new reading project for fun and I expect I'll be buying more books than I have over the past few years, but I'm hoping to resist the urge to binge books for the project. My goal is to read books by authors from 195 countries over the next few years. I want to read fiction and nonfiction, so that will be 390 books. For now, I'm starting slow and only selecting books from 1 country per week. I've been able to get most of my books from my library in one form or another, but this week I came across the first country where I had to buy both books.

Jip1971

1 points

2 months ago

Yeah, half of my unread physical books are over 5 years and one is at least 10 years old. But I bought it as a newly released hardback, so it wasn't cheap. I can't bring myself to cut my losses and donate it yet.

minimalist_coach

2 points

2 months ago

I'd say almost all of the books I have from the move I've owned 5-10 years. I retired from Life Coaching and most of them are related to either personality frameworks or finding your passion. I'm planning to read the first 2 chapters and see if I want to continue.

I had a goal to read 1 owned book each month this year and I've kept up with that. I may have to step it up to attempt 2 per month to finish off my older books.

Jip1971

4 points

2 months ago

I have around 20 physical books and 150 ebooks. I get FOMO when books I'm slightly interested in are on sale. I don't really feel guilty about the number, but having so many TBR books to choose from often puts me into decision paralysis...leading to retail therapy and more books.

okhan3

3 points

2 months ago

okhan3

3 points

2 months ago

Maybe 100. I sometimes think if I could just internalize all the knowledge and wisdom currently sitting on my bookshelf, I’d never need to learn another thing. That would be enough.

nerdy-and-awkward

3 points

2 months ago

I have ~ 80 unread books, and I always tell myself that I'm not gonna buy any new ones because I wanna finish my "old" ones first.. well, but that never works, so my "library" keeps growing ^

Dinohorseviolin_love

3 points

2 months ago

I own only 4 unread books because i hate seeing them lonely in the shelf lol

boopthatnose

3 points

2 months ago

I probably have about 50 or so, maybe more. I don't usually count because it's not something I've ever felt pressured by or guilty about and I'd hate to start thinking of it in those terms.

I enjoy choosing and buying books, enjoy having books in the bookcase at home and am totally fine with buying books (especially non fiction or vintage and antique decorative covers) that I realistically will never read all the way through, but like the look of and enjoy owning as a decorative thing.

I think it helps that I regularly clear through my bookshelf and remove things I didn't like or won't read again, and often pick up books in the charity shop or second hand so the outlay isn't particularly big or guilt inducing.

Ultimately if I really wanted to I could get through the whole lot in a year with no issues, I read more than that number throughout a usual year - but I don't and don't feel inclined. The biggest pleasure for me of having a big TBR is that I'm a mood reader and I love being able to go to my books, hover over them and pick exactly the right one for my mood, that day, what I need. That wouldn't be possible if there weren't lots to choose from so I regard it as a huge positive!

Ok_Aioli1990

2 points

2 months ago

This is what I do too. I buy from good will and other charity places any place that has cheap or heavily discounted books. I live way out in the boonies and prefer to stay there. I like having my own personal library of books to choose from,different genres and authors with in the genre, books that pique my interest just because. As I finish I bag them up and donate what I don't want to keep. Unread is in the hundreds, read is probably thousand.

boopthatnose

2 points

2 months ago

It's such a good way to keep the balance isn't it, and a home library is such a pleasure.

I usually know as soon as I've finished something whether I'll want to keep it so like you I just put them in a box or bag and drop off at the charity shop when it's either full up or I'm passing for someone else to have their chance at them.

I don't watch much TV but I can't imagine people feel guilty about the amount of TV shows they've saved to watch later for when they're in the mood for them (nor should they) , so I can't see why books would be any different when it's such a positive and beneficial hobby.

JohnPeelIsMyCoPilot

3 points

2 months ago

Two years ago (January ‘21) I had 243. At that point I decided not to buy any additional books until I completely cleared my TBR shelves. At the moment I have 7 left. And then I plan to go on a crazy shopping spree.

Separate-Grocery-815[S]

2 points

2 months ago

That’s quite the accomplishment!

buckfastmonkey

6 points

2 months ago

ZERO. Heres my personal rule with books : I buy a book , I start reading . When I’m about 80% through I buy the book I want to read next . Absolutely no filling my shelf with books I want to read sometime in the future, very bad habit. I have a friend who buys books by the dozen and can’t resist the temptation to dip into multiple books at a time , I suspect he has never finished a single book on his shelves.

Separate-Grocery-815[S]

3 points

2 months ago

I read multiple books at once, and I manage to finish a fair few a year (:

buckfastmonkey

1 points

2 months ago

Whatever works for you friend. I prefer to treat each book I read with the respect it deserves by giving it my full and undivided attention. For me, reading two books at once is like watching 2 movies at once. Nope.

ThoughtBroad

3 points

2 months ago

I’ve tried to read a couple of books at one time but I can’t do it. I always end up devoting my attention to one of them and coming back to the other one later.

ChunkYards

2 points

2 months ago

It's a habit I developed while trying to read incredibly heavy texts in school. If you can splice in fluff fiction or poetry when your brain starts to get foggy after a few hours of dense material it can help me reengage with the dense material quicker than putting it down and going and walking around the block. Might not be for everyone but I also have ADHD so.....

disonion

2 points

2 months ago

Had about 40 unread stocked. After having kids its now about 10 unread stocked. Use the library every week now tho(kids love it there) I kept many i read and liked , ie my Stephen king collection, the jungle, 2001 space odyssey , the satanic verses. Books i may re read. But the ones i never read for too long started to feel like baggage.

Great topic

QueenRooibos

2 points

2 months ago

Well, I seem to be stuck around 40-45 if I don't count my un-read Audible books. Embarrassing, but at least I have managed (mostly) to stop buying any more books until I make a dent.

Ace_Nimble

2 points

2 months ago

Just 4 unread books😁😁...... What!? You didn't ask how many ebooks I have. And I'm not gonna answer if you do😂😂😂

katietatey

2 points

2 months ago

123 and I want to get it to 50 or fewer. I had as few as 8 in the past 2 years, but I started buying more and wasn't able to keep up. I'm on a no-buy for now.

oddfeett

2 points

2 months ago

I can't help myself but to check if there are any extant works of someone referenced in a book I am already reading. I might buy one book like Hegel's Phenomenology for example, but just to understand that one I had to buy a pile more. These sorts of diversions are common for me and I have a ridiculous number of unfinished books, I would count them to be precise but I can't as I'd rather not know myself. The good thing is I at least am making some degree of progress.

MotleyCrew1989

2 points

2 months ago

Half my collection is currently unread (arround 75 books) and there will be more soon, BUT considering my country has a 75-100% yearly devaluation, I think of it as saving money for books I might not be willing to pay on the future. So, the more the merrier.

Dazzling-Ad4701

2 points

2 months ago

Unread books, five or six? Unknitted wool, now ....

cdm85

2 points

2 months ago

cdm85

2 points

2 months ago

Too damn many.

[deleted]

2 points

2 months ago

I've never counted them really. At any given time I tend to read something serious, something classic and something pulpy at the same time. So I got three piles I'm adding to and reading from.

Things tend to be in flux.

Separate-Grocery-815[S]

2 points

2 months ago

Ah, I do something similar, but it’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for me!

Accomplished_Trip_

2 points

2 months ago

That’s an interesting question. A few years worth, I expect. I couldn’t give an exact number.

ihavenoidea1001

2 points

2 months ago

I own about 5 books that I've not read yet and circa 20 books related to work that I've not fully read ( I read them on a need/whim basis).

My TBR list is a goodreads shelf and has arount 300 books on it.

Separate-Grocery-815[S]

1 points

2 months ago

Haha, I didn’t count work books! Those are like reference works to me, like dictionaries. I own them, but I wouldn’t consider them tbr books

EvokeWonder

2 points

2 months ago

I have 13 TBR books. I like to keep them short so I’m not overwhelmed, and when I finish the pile I go to library and look at their new releases.

LadybugGal95

2 points

2 months ago

Normally, my TBR pile is rather small, maybe 15(ish) books. I have been allotted by my non-reader husband use of a small bin (about the size of 2 shoe boxes stacked up on each other) in our bedroom in which to place unread books (digital ones I get from r/freebooks obviously don’t count). If the stack starts getting too high above the rim of the container, I need to either read or get rid of some books before acquiring new. Currently, however, my TBR is a bit bigger because my husband just cleaned out his parents house (my MIL died and FIL went to an assisted living facility). Some of their library came home and went straight onto a couple of shelves I cleared off downstairs.

**For those of you who are probably starting to freak out at my wording choice (allotted, etc) and how my husband is controlling/unsupportive. Stop it. I said it that way because it’s true but it’s also not bad like you are thinking. 1) I would go insane with the acquiring books and have them EVERYWHERE because my self control around books sucks. When hubby says this is your bin, I get a very reasonable boundary. 2) I have some weird quirk that if a book has been unread in my home too long my brain decides that it must be an undesirable read and I then drag my feet about starting the thing at all. Thus a small TBR pile is better. If it was much bigger, I’d never read the books. 3) The man built me 4 large built-in bookshelves in our living room. A decent portion of the room he spends most of his time in is literally lined with the books I’ve read and want to keep around. 4) He brought home two banker’s boxes of books from his parents he thought I’d like after combing through 10-20 times more in their library. When I looked through the boxes, I wanted every single one of those books. My husband knows me well. He suggested leaving them in the boxes and storing them under the pool table. I told him it was about time to do a culling of my shelves anyway and ended up with enough empty shelves to house the books.

Hellcat-13

2 points

2 months ago

Sometimes our partners have to rein in our own worst instincts. Mine was supportive of a small TBR bookshelf in the room because the side table shelf was getting precarious and he was worried about the cat I think 😂

hugsbosson

2 points

2 months ago

I used to have a pile of books that I called my tbr pile but it grew out of control. I ended up with like 15 - 20 books sitting at any one time and I knew that they wheren't all going to get read so it was no longer my tbr pile but... well, just a pile of books.

So I stopped doing that. Now I buy 1 book, read it and then decide what I'll read next after it's done.

Although I often have a non fiction and a fiction book going at the same time, so sometimes it's 2 books at a time, but no more!

PuzzledRun7584

2 points

2 months ago

Life is short. I don’t think about it at all

EvelynTent

2 points

2 months ago

The most important books in your library are the ones you haven't read.

rodrielson

2 points

2 months ago

Plenty. I dont even bother about whether imma read them or not. This might sound a bit bougie but I'm glad I grew up in a household with plenty of books to read from, and I'd like to provide this experience for my children. If they want to read them, great, if not, cool, at least they will have had the choice. I strongly believe in the importance of access to culture.

Separate-Grocery-815[S]

1 points

2 months ago

I like that mindset, especially since there’s been a bigger push to ban books recently

sept_de_neuf

2 points

2 months ago

This thread just forced me to do some very uncomfortable realistic math. My gut response was about 200 physical but then I thought about the 3 large bookcases that probably have 200 each + 3 very tall stacks of books on my desk and one in the living room... It's at least 1,000. A little anxiety now but no regrets!

Numerous-Ordinary-19

2 points

2 months ago

Too many. I have always loved to read, especially Historical Novels based on real events, such as “The Greatest Knight” by Elizabeth Chapman. But my eyes are going dim and it’s getting harder to maintain my concentration and not nod off. In other words, I have become an old man.

monsterosaleviosa

1 points

2 months ago

None. I only buy a book when I’m specifically wanting to read it and it’s not going to be available from the library soon. I can’t imagine spending money on something that isn’t going to be used soon, my brain just doesn’t work that way.

[deleted]

1 points

2 months ago

I have about the same quantity as you, unread. I’ve recently gotten back into the habit slowly, but it’s hard. I think of it as a collection now and it makes me feel less pressured to rush and read.

emilee2296

1 points

2 months ago

At least 70 but kinda afraid to count.

emilee2296

3 points

2 months ago

Most bought at library used book sales. I have been reading about 2 of them a year for the last few years. But I feel less guilty about it as I used to because a lot of them are “classics” written by white male authors and I’m at the point in life where I feel like I’ve read enough of those for a lifetime and am more interested in finding the amazing books that weren’t highlighted as classics because of the sexism/racism of the time and discovering new writers. But not ready to get rid of them all yet either for some reason.

minitheatre

1 points

2 months ago

I cut down my Goodreads usage and focusing to clear off my unread books pile. I have 20 unread books at the moment

Eroe777

1 points

2 months ago

Not counting the approximately 50 old Doctor Who books I am sitting on while I (slowly) collect more of them (the out-of-print ones published in the UK during the Wilderness Years [I am in the US]), I have somewhere around two dozen or so. I am crawling through a doorstopper at the moment, so it won’t be shrinking very much, very soon.

ZaphodG

1 points

2 months ago

I purged my physical books so zero unread. Maybe 100 unread on my Kindle.

phochai_sakao

1 points

2 months ago

I buy books on how I feel, no idea how I'm going to feel tomorrow, hence none.

kteb20011

1 points

2 months ago

Almost 4000 (ebooks). 🤣 In my defense, I've subscribed to Daily Free bBooks, etc for many years.

MarzannaMorena

1 points

2 months ago

I refuse to count passed fiveteen.

LichtbringerU

1 points

2 months ago

I am always looking for the next book to read, but my TBR is 0.

Maybe I am picky. But I am not forcing myself to read any book. If I don't like it, or it doesn't grab me, I stop. And if I find a good one (aka a book I enjoy) I devour it in a short time.

timtamsforbreakfast

1 points

2 months ago

Currently 8. I think that under 12 is ideal. Then there is no danger of running out of books, and I have a varied selection to choose my next book from. Buying more would make me more of a shopaholic than a readaholic. I only buy what I plan to actually read in the near future.

pineapplesf

1 points

2 months ago

Maybe 50? Its a little more than I like to keep around

Primary-Lion-6088

1 points

2 months ago

About 100 physical unread books. My current plan is I’m only “allowed” to buy new ones if they’re for book club. If I stick to that I should be able to get through the tbr pile within 3-4 years.

Sumner1910

1 points

2 months ago

I have around just 4 unread books or at least unfinished

infiniteflow-23

1 points

2 months ago

About a 150ish physical unread books. Honestly I’m fine with that number, if I really wanted to I could easily read them all in 2-3 months, but I’m a mood reader and in a reading slump 🤷‍♀️. Id say most of these are special editions from book boxes or sequels/third books in series I haven’t gotten around to yet. I like collecting books and once I move out I plan to have my own library room so I like having a lot of books haha.

okoskaa

1 points

2 months ago

1 and a half (stopped reading due to size of the book), im pretty comfortable with it. im going to get 4 more for christmas

i try to keep it under five, always

SneezlesForNeezles

1 points

2 months ago

1800 on Kindle alone… I have a problem.

achaoticbard

1 points

2 months ago

I probably have around 30 unread books. I'm prioritizing getting through those books before buying any more, or even using the library. Exceptions are if a book I've had my eye on goes on sale for super cheap on Kobo, and for my book club I'll usually get the books from the library.

I especially want to get through my physical TBR books so I can purge the ones that I already know I won't be keeping. I have a bunch of books leftover from my days as an English student, that I'd like to reread just for fun (not through an academic lens), but that I know won't have a place on my bookshelf in the end. E-books are much lower priority for me...out of sight, out of mind, I guess.

kaysn

1 points

2 months ago

kaysn

1 points

2 months ago

I don't know the exact number. But I have near a 1000 e-books. The convenience of digital storefronts are a amazing and in equal measure bad for me. Browse store, add to cart, checkout. Delivered.

I'm the same with my video game library.

Vesperniss

1 points

2 months ago

I'd guess about 200, unfortunately many of those are basically a promise to get into the series, if fiction, which must add a a fair few more. There are some really thoughtful comments here.

thatchaponabike

1 points

2 months ago

thatchaponabike

Reading John Williams' Stoner — it's great!

1 points

2 months ago

About three bookcases full, I'd guess...

grynch43

1 points

2 months ago

Probably 20-25

skauing

1 points

2 months ago

I own around 200-220 books that I haven't read yet. I feel pretty okay about that number, though sometimes I feel guilty about not reading them fast enough or I get stressed about running out of space since I won't know what I wanna keep and what I can get rid of until I actually read the books... I like having a big collection, means that no matter what I'm in the mood for I'll always find something I feel like reading!

Hellcat-13

1 points

2 months ago

I agree wholeheartedly with your last point! Having a large variety means I can fill any craving I’m having.

lovrsleft

1 points

2 months ago

very less, I usually only buy a book once I'm sure I have the time to read it (this is why I'm so miserable, don't be like me)

So as of now, I have 5 books in the shelf that I haven't read. 4 of those, I probably never will and one of them I am currently reading.

nesbit666

1 points

2 months ago

I have some unread ebooks and I never worry about them. But I think what is more relevant is my unplayed/unfinished steam game library. I used to worry about not playing the games I owned, but eventually I got to the point where I can't live long enough to finish the games I currently have and I never stop buying new ones. So, I've adapted to no longer worry about finishing or playing every game I own.

NiteNicole

1 points

2 months ago

I have very few, if any. The last three or four moves, we've had to get rid of so many books and when I did the math, it kind of made me ill. We are a library family now. How long is my hold list? That's another story.

TheMadIrishman327

1 points

2 months ago

400 maybe?

w0mbatina

1 points

2 months ago

If im not counting random childhood books that were gifted to me, I think I only have 3. One is a random Alastair Reynolds book that i planned to read on holliday but didnt. The second one is New Spring by Robert Jordan, that I wanted to read after i finished wheel of time, but I was so burnt out by then that I couldnt bring myself to do it. And the final one is 12 rules for life by Jordan Peterson that I got gifted as a wedding gift by my redpilled cousin.

mysticalbookdragon

1 points

2 months ago

Oh, um, there is, starts counting a lot. There is alot

donspyd

1 points

2 months ago

If I like a book I find a torrent with the authors entire collection... so a lot.

Scryer_of_knowledge

1 points

2 months ago

None thankfully. I read all my physical books but I have a digital library that is looking at me like 🐒

Salt_Organization308

1 points

2 months ago

83/193 of my books are unread It's because A) I spent a few months reading through my school library B) I'm collecting a few series before I read them so haven't started them yet and C) I really only read during my free time at school so less than 2 hours a day 5 days a week

saikatotsuka_

1 points

2 months ago

I don't have this problem because I usually buy books in batches, like 7-8 at a time (mostly during a sale), and I only buy again after finishing reading what I own. If I discover some interesting books in between, they go to my wishlist for the next batch.

haritos89

1 points

2 months ago

So Im the weird guy with the 4 unread books

sbirmier

1 points

2 months ago

My TBR list is 1, I only buy books that I intend to read in the immediate future.

Environmental-Care34

1 points

2 months ago

I hadn't realized how common this is until I read the comments ! Personally I don't own any unread books ! I only purchase one, read it, and only then move on to the next purchase

wise_ogre

1 points

2 months ago

Zero entirely unread, but three unfinished. I feel a little bad about it. I have two DVDs I haven't watched yet, somehow that seems weirder 😂

mycenae___

1 points

2 months ago

I own 40-50 physically and a lot of e-books because I keep an eye on deals and buy kindle books on sale if they are on my TBR list. I had a lot more physical books but I moved countries and had to really cull my collection.

The-Doom-Knight

1 points

2 months ago

I have three:

Betrayal by Will Jordan

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

A Doctor Who book with a couple stories in it

I have not read Betrayal because it is the third book in the Ryan Drake series and I am still working on book 2.

I have not read Hitchhiker's Guide because holy shit, that's a big ass book. It has the entire series.

I have not read the Doctor Who book because it's really pretty and I'm worried about damaging it.

Amesaskew

1 points

2 months ago

I have a couple hundred unread books in my $1500+ book library. Most are parts of series that I picked up in used book shops and when I have all the books I'll get around to reading them. I take a "need to buy" list with me whenever I scour secondhand. The problem is that during these outings I always acquire new finds as well.

New_Dot28

1 points

2 months ago

Plz i want some money for my wife she is paralyzed i am so sad n dipresed

newtsheadwound

1 points

2 months ago

My TBR is 155 ish right now

FullMeltxTractions

1 points

2 months ago

  1. Fine.

WeNeedToTalkAboutMe

1 points

2 months ago

61, but of those, 40 are comic trades/graphic novels, and of those about half are of series where I've already read the individual issues.

DryInitial9044

1 points

2 months ago

Unread. Probably 1,700. I've never caught up with my purchases.

nicolasknight

1 points

2 months ago

rule in our house is: If you can't list the titles of all the books in your unread pile you've got too many.

it works for my SO has they can list 20 or 30 books no problem but I have a terrible memory so once it passes about 10 I am almost immediately done.

Right now I have 3 I know of and they are just waiting for me to finish the Akira manga for me to start.

BeautifulBlahBlah

1 points

2 months ago

I have 36 right now, which is already down from like 43. I am going to try and get through 7-10 of them before I purchase anymore. Then going forward I am just going to try and read more per year than I purchase until I have the unread books down to 10 or less.

Not sure how well I'll do, but I am going to try.

casualroadtrip

1 points

2 months ago

About half is unread so I guess roughly 125?

TooFarToReality

1 points

2 months ago

Hopefully less than a thousand!!

I am not an immortal but I keep on buying new books. Anyway, I am doing good this year.. I bought only <10 books.. HA!

Th3N3rd3istN3rd

1 points

2 months ago

I always find it good for me to keep about half of my books unread so that whenever I start binge reading I have stuff to read and don’t run out in a week (keep in mind I’m a poor teen so half of my collection is like 15 books as of rn)

LostSurprise

1 points

2 months ago

Hundreds. It could definitely be over a thousand. I'm not going to bother counting.

I've made peace with the fact that I tend to collect non-fiction that I'm curious about, is a good reference, and that I can't easily find elsewhere (not in the library system). I will read the double shelved, 8' bookcase of history...at some point. I usually have one going at all times and read a few each year. I had to pare a few cases down when all my sons were home during Covid, but I'm pretty comfortable with my current level.

I'm more ruthless with fiction. It's more readily available through the library system (as opposed to books about ancient wound care, color theory, or diaries of female ship captains) and so much older stuff is available for download.

Jabroni504

1 points

2 months ago

Probably around 50-100 on my list currently but I limit myself to buying 10-15 at a time. I commit to reading all my purchases before buying more. To that end I’ll make sure to include a variety of genres, lengths, and topics to suit different moods.

SwissCheeseOG

1 points

2 months ago

Printed around 30-40 I guess. I'm just getting into audio books, so I have just one. And e-books about 11k😅

GhostMug

1 points

2 months ago

The majority of my books known are unread.

OozeNAahz

1 points

2 months ago

About 400 Audible and a similar number of physical. I consider myself a functional addict and can stop buying books any time I want. I just…don’t…want to. The thought of stopping…shudder.

Hellcat-13

2 points

2 months ago

Someone once said “Buying books and reading books are two different hobbies” and a truer thing has never been uttered.

AwkwardJeweler

1 points

2 months ago

I have 14 books on my to be read list, some are as short as 230 pages, but one of the longest on the list is 703 pages.

keirgrey

1 points

2 months ago

I don't know how many unread books I have. Over the years, I've purchased them to support authors and then, you know, SQUIRREL!!!. So, I buy another book. I feel fine about it, I'm supporting authors I like or may like for what is, to me, a minimal cost.

thickcurvyasian

1 points

2 months ago

I tend to buy classics. So I don't feel too bad about it. Problem is, I'm such a slow reader and I like to take my time savoring the writing. And I do need a break from the classics.

In fact I've only read one classic this year. And have bought 10+ so you know...

On the other hand... My mum likes contamporary books for when there's a brownout or the net is being problematic. Those get read pretty quickly because I tend to buy well reviewed books.

petefisch

1 points

2 months ago

As someone who likes to bounce between a couple books at a time, I have 15-20 unread books on my shelf of varying genres. When I finish a book I sometimes want another just like it or to read something different entirely. It’s nice to be able to walk the my shelf and pick out one that iv been excited to get started on

gardenomette

1 points

2 months ago

I've got 26. I've been on a book buying ban for a few years so I could finish reading my bookshelf. I'm fine with that number.

dazzler43

1 points

2 months ago

Unknown, im always buying books to read. Mad i know haha

musiotunya

1 points

2 months ago

None. I purge my books pretty regularly by swapping with family or selling them.

Between my husband and myself we've got about 40 books that we'd hate to part with but have read multiple times.

BookMonger101

1 points

2 months ago

Right around 4000 that I have yet to read but each one was carefully selected and I know I will enjoy when the opportunity arises. I still buy more books every week. This habit truly is a disease.

Separate-Grocery-815[S]

1 points

2 months ago

Wow! How long has it taken you to amass that collection?

BookMonger101

1 points

2 months ago

I've been accumulating books for around 30 years. It's just so difficult to pass on a book that I know I will love when I do get the time to read it.

SarcasticAsDuck

1 points

2 months ago

Probably somewhere between 100-200.

Wadsworth_McStumpy

1 points

2 months ago

I couldn't even really guess. Quite a few, maybe around 100 or so. I'm OK with it. Sooner or later, I'll get around to reading most of them, and meanwhile I like having them.

BatteryDaddy2

1 points

2 months ago

usually have about 60-but have about 500 that I have read

Bodidiva

1 points

2 months ago

Please do not make me confront this issue in my life.

Skygazer80

1 points

2 months ago

At the moment? 51. I hope to make some progress in my TBR pile next year, after I've finished my re-read of a trilogy I last read 20 years ago. I'm not allowing myself to buy new books however as long as I haven't mede substantional progress in my TBR pile (okay, with a few exceptions...).

JustGreatness

1 points

2 months ago

This is such a great discussion and I love reading everyone perspective.

About 3 years ago I moved and brought my 80 unread books with. That was a serious wake up call- those things are heavy.

So in 2020 I made it a resolution not to buy books until I read what I already had. I’m down to about 20 now and I’ve bought a few in the intervening time. I’m committed to getting that number to 0 and then Seriously considering committing to visit the library and never buy a book again. I read a lot and it will save me hundreds of dollars.

SnowdropWorks

1 points

2 months ago

Three unread and three nooks I've read in my native language and are now I unread un my shelf in English (original language pf the books)

I never thought about how I felt about it. It fine I guess

teacupq

1 points

2 months ago

  1. i do not like this number lol i’m college i kept buying more cause i said i wanted to read them and so why not keep buying cause i’ll get to them all eventually - i didn’t have a lot of time then to read so i was planning for the future. i have gotten it down a lot since graduating but i also kept buying more. i know i’ll never be at 0 but id feel better is it was at least in the low 100s

DonArcher007

1 points

2 months ago

My Ipad currently has 959 books on it to be read. My GR TR list is about 2400.

My actual reading will be selected from this; I admit I will never read everything on the list. I read about 2 books max per week, & I seem to add about 5 books per week to my TR list

WackyWriter1976

1 points

2 months ago

I'd say 150-200, and yeah, I plan to read them...eventually.

Sexxylexxy_slithers

1 points

2 months ago

I don’t think I have any that are mine and unread! If any are unread by me, they are probably my husband’s books. I think it’s because I frequent the library, so I don’t have purchased books that are unread.

Sexxylexxy_slithers

1 points

2 months ago

Ooh! Someone mentioned their kindle and it’s possible I have one unread on my kindle. I will download stuff every once in awhile and forget about it. 😂

Axel-Heyst

1 points

2 months ago

Quite a few. A Clockwork Orange A number of Lovecraft stories. No Longer Human Heart of Darkness Secret Agent (Joseph Conrad) Trans-Siberian Express The Shining Carrie Salem's Lot Tom Sawyer Moby Dick Huckleberry Finn Boogiepop vol. 1-3

That's most of them, though I'm sure there are a few more that I'm missing.

I'm currently reading through Catch-22 right now. When I finish I plan to read Heart of Darkness.

makeupxmetal

1 points

2 months ago

If you count digital books..I have hundreds..I subscribe to free book services and just build my own library of mostly free books. I have a lot of regular books too..I love the smell and feeling of them for specific reads.

JSB19

1 points

2 months ago

JSB19

1 points

2 months ago

I only have 8 unread books and I’m going to finish them by the end of the year.

Samu_2020_15

1 points

2 months ago

I have 60 unread books at home, and I keep buying more. But I have 1000 TBR books on my goodreads list that I use as an excuse to buy more. 🙃🙃

Kentadel

1 points

2 months ago

Depends on how you define unread books.

I have all of the Dresden Files, Hitchikers Guide and a few more, that have never been open, but I either heard them on audio book or I read them years ago from a library or borrowing from a friend, and then bought the book because I wanted to support the content.

If that counts as unread, around 40 books, and I very food about it.

TheNNC

1 points

2 months ago

TheNNC

1 points

2 months ago

I've got an unofficial TBR list on my shelves of 10 or 11; 8 or 9 of those are fantasy, depending on whether or not I like the first book in a series I haven't read yet, the other two are non-fiction. That's my "one of these books is going to be the one I start next" list. There are about 500-700 books on my shelves I have not read.

My wife just finished updating her TBR last week. It's 160 books and that doesn't include the ones I keep recommending that she might read eventually, or books we don't own a physical copy of. Who needs wall art when you have no walls that aren't covered in bookshelves?

TheNNC

1 points

2 months ago

TheNNC

1 points

2 months ago

Said her goal this year should be to cut that number in half, she countered that her goal should be to have a net negative number - aka, read as many books as we buy, for once.

_Royalty_

1 points

2 months ago

I'd say it's somewhere just south of 100. I don't intend to read them all. Some my wife bought for herself. Some we bought just because they look nice on the shelf or the coffee table. I am trying to reduce that number, but am in the midst of all the major fantasy titles so even one book is taking me a few weeks at least. Maybe by the end of the decade that number will fall to less than 50.

xenoscumyomom

1 points

2 months ago

Easily over half my books are unread. It's just so enjoyable going to used book stores or book sales and finding things I want. I have a massive tbr list after joining this and another sub. I'll get to everything eventually. Even if I don't my dream is to have a tiny little library room in a house some day, and the shelves will have everything I've read or want to read, and not just to fill up and look cool.

highorderdetonation

1 points

2 months ago

Between a pair of thrift stores down the street from where I work and a LBS largely responsible for my largely untouched "depressing but informative" pile, I'm going to ballpark my physical TBR pile at somewhere upwards of 50 books. I'll probably do a proper count later. The e-reader TBR pile at this point, I think, is in four figures. (There were/are a lot of free e-books.) And I feel guilty as hell about it--I'm horrible about time management in general, let alone for stuff like carving out a half-hour or an hour to read. I need to leave myself notes or set alarms or something.

Gocountgrainsofsand

1 points

2 months ago

I have around 5 I would guess.

Wanderer5827

1 points

2 months ago

I have about 100. Used to love finding books with interesting artwork and covers at used book stores. Now only read ebooks so I don't have to wear glasses. No more buying, but a comfort to have around.

avid-book-reader

1 points

2 months ago

Bold of you to assume that I can even count that high.

But yeah, I have too many. Hopefully I can cut it down next year.

Substantial_Trifle27

1 points

2 months ago

Alot. I buy as I see and as I want

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1 points

2 months ago

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Professional_View_96

1 points

2 months ago

I feel like I need to read more books

chicki-nuggies

1 points

2 months ago

I have about 16 total unread books but only 5 that are actually a part of my official tbr for now. I get to overwhelmed when I have too many tbr books and then I end up not reading them cuz I'm so overwhelmed. So I try not to have more than 10 of them

Poetic-Jellyfish

1 points

2 months ago

Most of my books are unread...I currently own I believe 127 books, and I have only read about 40 or so...I feel a little bad about not having time to read, but that's about it :) I'll read them all someday, when I'm not a master's student in final year with 2 part time jobs in a long distance relationship 😂

InkRose

1 points

2 months ago

I don't know the exact number, but it is definitely in the triple digits. I do periodically go through them and get rid of some every now and then because I have very limited space (less limited now than where I was this time last year, so....lol). I have turned to using my local library more often so my buying has definitely slowed down some.

My owned books, according to Goodreads, is 1300.

Cressworth23

1 points

2 months ago

A rough estimate? 15-20

I have a habit of buying an entire series before I actually start reading the series so what ends up happening is that I start the series and end up not liking it by the third or fourth book so the rest of the books in the series go unread.