Because I’m behind on a million reviews and don’t have any saved tags that I felt like doing, I thought I would do a discussion post for you guys about something that I’ve been seeing a lot of chatter surrounding:
(as you can tell, I prefer TBR “doubling” and “tripling”…)
If you’re unfamiliar with this term, it’s exactly what it sounds like: getting your TBR to “0”, or as close to it as possible. While some people intend this only for their owned/unread books, other people are using it for their Goodreads shelves as well. Essentially, the goal of TBR Zeroing is to have as few books on your to-read shelves as possible! Some people accomplish this by purging their Goodreads shelves, while others purge their physical shelves. I even have a few friends whose 2018 resolutions are to make a list of all their unread physical books, and anything they don’t read by Dec 31st, 2018 gets donated or sold.
In my time in the online book community, I’ve come to notice that there are 3 kinds of people when it comes to TBRs:
1) People whose TBRs are roughly 1,837,473 books, and they’re fine with that (or proud of it!)
2) People whose TBRs are 100 books or less
3) People who just don’t care what their TBR number is, as long as they’ve always got something to read
I personally fall solidly in court #3: I wouldn’t even know what my Goodreads TBR is if I didn’t do a weekly Down the TBR Hole post, and the only reason I know what my owned-TBR number is, is because I have a shelf for it to keep me from buying duplicate copies of things. The only reason I’m focusing on reading books that I already own in 2018 is so that I can justify buying more, frankly, but I do typically unhaul books that I found offensive or just totally unlikable. I probably am nearing mild “hoarder” status, but when I look at my shelves, I don’t see anything that I don’t want to read, if that makes sense.
(in fact, sometimes I just gotta get comfy and cuddly with those shelves)
So, my question for you today is… which category do you fall in? If you want to zero your TBR, is there a specific reason? Or if you’re proud of your high TBR number, what is that number? Do you make a habit of unhauling to keep that number low, or do you embrace every beautiful synopsis and cover you come across?