Readers have this funny habit of buying books faster than they can consume them. This often leads to TBR growing at an exponential rate while the actual number of read books stays relatively low. I was one of those readers. The desire to own all those books outweighed the ability to read them. However, I have changed my ways. Back in 2018, I made the choice to focus on reading the books I owned and limit how many books I purchased. I certainly still buy books, but I feel like I am doing a much better job of keeping up with those recent purchases while working through my backlog. In the first year, I put a decent dent in the pile. During the second year, I once again worked hard to reduce my TBR. And now it’s been three years since I started and that means it’s time for TBR update: year three, to show how much I have read in the last year.
TBR update: year three
The read & reference shelf
As the name would suggest, this shelf mostly houses my read and reference books. Those books that make it onto this shelf are ones I have read and enjoyed enough to want to keep. There is a bit of overflow on this shelf as well, unread books that don’t fit on my other shelves. However, for the most part, these books have previously been read. Because of this, is also one of the best-looking shelves when showing off my ratio of read to unread books.
As you can see, there are very few unread books on this shelf.
The manga shelf
My beloved manga shelf. The vast majority of my reading as of late has been manga. While I still love full-length novels, there is something special about absorbing an amazing story in a single sitting, especially with the beautiful art that comes along with it. My manga collection has grown quite a bit since the last update. In fact, there is quite a bit of manga that no longer fits on this single bookshelf because I own so many of them. But this shows most of my manga.
Again, it’s not too bad. I am actively reading Sword Art Online, so it won’t take too long for me to get through those books. As for that single volume of The Girl From The Other Side, I am waiting to get my hands on volume 9, which has been hard to get, otherwise, I would have read that one already.
The fantasy shelf
This is where we go from good to worse. I love fantasy, it’s my favorite genre and because of that, I have accumulated a number of fantasy books over the years. A number of these series I have started but never finished – though that’s something I will be working on in the future. This shelf is also home to some manga and read books overflow from my other shelves.
It’s a big pile. However, I have gone from 2 piles of shame last year to one big pile of shame this year. Clearly, I have made progress but there is still work to do.
The Star Wars shelf
I saved the best (or worst) for last. My Star Wars shelf holds a collection that took about 20 years to build. It has all of the Legends, previously known as Expanded Universe, novels. There was a time when I almost exclusively read Star Wars books and loved all of them. Then, there came a point when I didn’t have time to read but kept building this collection in hopes I would read them one day. I may still be waiting for that day to come, but these books bring me so much joy.
Yup, that is a whole lot of unread books. I did put a small dent in it compared to last year, but it’s clear that I really need to work on this shelf. Luckily, this pile of unread books means that I have a near-endless supply of reading for the next few years. I will get through these books.
I hope you enjoyed my TBR update: year three. How is your TBR looking? Is it small and manageable or large and overwhelming?