How Out of Control Is Your TBR Pile (Based on This Scale I Invented)?

How Out of Control Is Your TBR Pile (Based on This Scale I Invented)?

Posted by: Lisa Parkin January 9, 2014 10 Comments

The beginning of the year is a good time to evaluate your life, make resolutions, set goals and clean things out.

As I glanced at my own 497-book-high to-be-read list, and my heart palpitated. And, I couldn’t help but morbidly wonder, am I the worst reader and TBR-maintainer ever…or are there crazies out there WORSE THAN ME?

I was hoping for the latter, so I created this handy dandy chart to help you see how terrible wonderful your TBR pile is looking.

How Out of Control Is your TBR Pile (Based on This Scale I Invented)?

Shut It Down – 50 Books

Stop while you’re ahead. Fifty books isn’t too bad! Conceivable, you could work in books on this list into every 4th novel you read for the year and cut it down considerably by the end of the year.

But…and it’s a huge but…you’d have to STOP ADDING BOOKS to your TBR RIGHT NOW!! Is that realistic? No?? Then, you’re on track to advance to the next level…

Check Yoself Before You Wreck Yoself – 100 Books

How did we get here? Surfing lists of all the new year’s releases and marking which ones we want to read, i.e. all of them??

This is officially in the “Danger! Danger!” zone. This is the drowning in books zone.

Let me put it this way, if 100 books were to fall off your shelf and onto your head, you would most certainly become completely buried beneath them. It would be quiet and dark and happy underneath them, but it’s certainly a health hazard.

Critical Mass – 200 Books

At 200 books, I would consider evaluating your friendships because you’ve got some SERIOUS enablers in your life. Ignore all future “OMG, this sequel (<–Goodreads link) is coming out next year)!!!!!!” emails. Unfriend and unfollow this person. They are causing undue strain on your TBR.

But, let’s get real. At this stage, we have no one to blame but ourselves. Wait, no, that’s not right. IT’S THOSE SEXY BOOKS THAT ARE TO BLAME.

If it wasn’t for those alluring covers and enticing descriptions, we’d be fine. We’d be able to resist all temptation. Right?? Right.

All is Lost – More Than 250 Books

Consider joining Readers Anonymous. You’ve got a serious problem. One that can only be cured with….MOAR BOOKS!!!!! Ugh, this condition is clearly highly contagious.

You know what? Just give in. Keep adding on. I know we will anyway.

Going to the dark side is freeing and fun, isn’t it!?!

So what sick level of impending doom is your TBR pile at?!