It’s a constant struggle, trying to read all of the books on my TBR (which is an embarrassingly massive pile) AND all of the new books that come out each year. There are just too many. And sometimes I feel like I’m not doing enough. I’m not keeping up with new releases as much as I want to. But I’m also not whittling down my stack of books that were released before this year (aka backlist books). In fact, my TBR pile is growing, mostly with pre-2017 releases. I think it’s at least twice my size. (This is especially dangerous since I live less than a hundred miles from a major fault line. If there’s an earthquake, my books could easily kill me.)
For the past two years, I’ve participated in the Mount TBR challenge, which has definitely helped motivate me to read more of the books that have been sitting on my TBR for a while. Which is great, because a lot of those books had the potential to sit on my shelf, unread, for years. But it doesn’t exactly help with all of the books – both old and new – that have been not-so-slowly accumulating on my
The problem is that there are way too many books that I want to read. Part of the issue is that I will read almost anything. I don’t limit myself to certain genres or authors or formats. I like fantasy and biographies and comics and history books. And that makes it harder, if not impossible, to both catch up on all the backlist books I want to read (after all, there are hundreds of years worth of them), AND keep track of all of the new books coming out.
If I read a new book, I feel guilty for ignoring my TBR. And if I read a book off my TBR, I feel like I’m missing out on all the new releases. This is especially difficult as a book blogger, because there’s pressure to keep up with all the new releases. It’s constant and annoying, and, short of tripling my reading pace, I’m not sure there’s a solution that will be completely satisfying.
I’m curious as to how other people (especially fellow book bloggers) deal with this. Do you feel pressure to keep up with new releases while still reading books from the backlist? Or do you just read what you want to read? Let me know in the comments!