Climbing Mount TBR – Bookish

I had three reading goals this year: 1) read 130 books (2 a week plus a third book every other week, 2) buy no books for myself, and 3) read mostly the books I own, whether audiobook, print, or ebook. I excitedly buy books, determined to read them immediately, and then they sit there. I have come to realize that books I buy are less likely to be read than ones I do not own, which is embarassing! I’m now at a point that I own more books in print that I haven’t read than I have read. Don’t get me started about ebooks or audiobooks. A virtual library just makes the problem so much worse.

I think vaguely I had an idea of reading at least half of my books from those that I own. Which is fairly reasonable. I knew going in I’d likely read at least 12 books which I didn’t own for my monthly book club. I also knew, I’d grow frustrated if I only read books I own and nothing else. If I want to read graphic novels, then I’d be getting them from the library. I didn’t want to set the goal too high and fail to meet it, but also, I really need to read some of the books I own, so I couldn’t be too lean with it either.

Since I’ve met my goal of reading 130 books on Goodreads, I decided it was time to check-in on how I was doing with my goal of mostly reading books I own. We won’t talk about the book buying ban. Buying no books was unrealistic, but I also needed it to be set that low to really curb my buying. It has; I feel guilty every time I buy a book and have even put books back a few times. But, I’ve bought books for myself, so I can’t quite say I met this goal. Also, don’t congratulate me on reaching my 130 goal; I won’t feel it’s been met until it’s a bit higher as there are some short stories and graphic novels in there that are artifically boosting the number read. Last year, I kept trying to find a way to track everything I read without counting everything I read towards my Goodreads reading challenge. It was annoying, convulted, and didn’t really solve the issue. This year, I decided that it will all even out in the end. It might not exactly, but I have only so much energy.

There’s a Goodreads group that one can join to track how well you are doing on reading through books they own. I have borrowed their mountain levels. They are based on the number of books read, not the percentage of overall books read, but this works too. If I’m sticking to about half of my books being ones I own, then I need to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro at 65 books.

Pike’s Peak: Read 12 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Blanc: Read 24 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Vancouver: Read 36 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Ararat: Read 48 books from your TBR piles/s
Mt. Kilimanjaro: Read 60 books from your TBR pile/s
El Toro: Read 75 books from your TBR pile/s
Mt. Everest: Read 100 books from your TBR pile/s
Mount Olympus (Mars): Read 150+ books from your TBR pile/s

How am I doing so far? I am not doing well. Somehow, I’ve read only 37 books I own this year. That means I’ve climbed Mt. Vancouver, but I still have Mount Blanc, or another 28 books, to reach my goal. Except, that if I read another 28 books, that adds another 14 I need to read of books that I own, because then I would have read 28 more books. Maybe I’ll just keep my goal at 65 books, regardless of how many total I read. I didn’t realize this would be as hard as it has been! I need to rethink this goal. I will update you all once I decide how I will proceed. I definitely won’t drop below my goal of reading 65 books I own, but I might not aim for half off all the books I read. The rest of my year reading could be really frustrating if I do.

Have you ever tried to climb Mount TBR? How did it go? If you haven’t tried, do you plan to? What goal would you set?

4 thoughts on “Climbing Mount TBR – Bookish

  1. I did this challenge quite a few years ago when it first made the rounds in the book blogosphere and then it moved to Goodreads and I kind of forgot about it. I’ve found I have to do a one-for-one trade. Where I have to read one old book between the new books (or one galley between books I desperately want to read). It gives me a little bit of structure and a little bit of balance.

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    • Thank you for the suggestion. I think that’s exactly what I will need to do going forward. That’s also a great idea about galleys as well. I need a better system to consistently get through them. Great feedback!

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  2. I agree that the books you own are less likely to be read. They are like some huge, comfy cushion of insurance so you won’t run out of reading material. NO RUSH, they aren’t going anywhere. ♥️

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    • Very true! I hoard books as if one day, I will have no other way in which to read books. Which is unlikely, but every so often, a dystopian novel reminds me that it’s possible!


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