Happy Friday lovelies! Stop & Chat is back with a discussion even I’m a bit lost on…. What exactly do you, I, WE, mean when we utter the TBR acronym? After cataloguing all of my books I discovered I own 563. 563 books! Now this is pretty darn cool to me considering just under two years ago I barely had 200! But I’m getting off track. Of these 563 books I own, and love so very much, 391 are UNREAD (at the time of writing this of course 😉 ). So, does this mean I have 391 books on my TBR? What about all the books on my goodreads shelves? What about the 1,030 books I have on my “to read” shelf? Is that my “TBR”? Why did my mind instantly zero in on the numbers here?
Naturally this lead me to question if quantity affected this answer and so I asked twitter how many books they own, including ebooks, but have not read and you know what? I was shocked by just how many people are in the same triple digit boat as I! But what shocked me even more was the tone that came with each answer. Guilt? Shame? Resentment? With each tweet I received they sounded less like replies and more like confessions. And it wasn’t until the next day that I realized even my tweets, starting from the first one, were filled with shame too! But that makes no sense! We’re book nerds! We have a passion for books that most people dream of finding. Why, of all things, should we feel shame in the fact we own more books than we’ve read? How is this a source of guilt?! And why do we constantly reference our “never ending” TBRs when it comes to joking but when it comes to reality we get all sheepish and self conscious?
A TBR is a TO BE READ list right? Books To. Be. Read. Why would having hundreds of books on this list embarrass us? Isn’t this one of our goals as book nerds? Isn’t that what a TBR is about? What do you think? What do you consider to be a TBR and do you think a certain number should be the cap? Are you embarrassed by the number of unread books sitting on your shelves? On your iPad? On your kindle? Let’s talk about it below!