This week the question I have been thinking about is one I know many can relate to: Why do I want more books when I already have way too many sitting around waiting to be read?
I have been think about this question for awhile. As I look around at my overcrowded bookshelves I wonder why do I keep buying, getting more books when I have yet to read the ones I already have? For me I think it has to do with having books on hand for when I go through one of my book devouring states. Plus every time I hear about a great book or see a beautiful cover I feel like I have to have it.
There are many benefits to adding to my already giant pile of TBR books. When I finish my current read I don't have to go out or go online to get my next book. I have plenty of books sitting around just waiting to be read. I just have to go over and pick one up. No buying or much moving required. Plus with so many books on my TBR pile I have a huge variety of books at my disposal. I can pick something with vampires, fae, zombies, or witches, practically whatever I feel like reading I have somewhere on a shelf. Luckily for me most of my books are for recreational reading, there are no looming deadlines hanging over my head adding pressure to an otherwise fun activity. So I get to pick any book I want, whichever one grabs my attention. Another benefit is that if I choose a book that I can't get into for whatever reason then I can just put it down and select another one.
Of course there are a few issues with having so many unread books. Looking at the piles of unread books can get a little overwhelming. It can be difficult to choose which book to read next since I obviously got them because they seemed like books I would really enjoy. Sometimes I wonder, how am I supposed to read all of these books? I calm myself down by realizing that my books aren't going anywhere and I have plenty of time to get them all read. I also feel bad that these books are just sitting there waiting to be read and reviewed. They need attention, and I know they will get that attention...someday. Lastly, another huge downside to having a huge TBR pile is...space. Most of my books are physical books, though I do have quite a few e-books as well. Finding space for them is not always easy but so far I have managed to find some place to put them.
How do you feel about wanting more books even though you may already have a massive TBR pile? How do you get through your TBR pile?