TBR Pile - Looking Back

In May and June 2015, I shared a series of posts examining my TBR pile and the books that I'd read, and then crunched the numbers to see how back my TBR pile actually was.  I thought it would be fun to look back at was, and then compare it to what is .... almost three years later!

I broke down my TBR pile into three parts: standalones, series to start and series to finish.

Standalones: 74
Middle Grade: Out of the 21 books on the list, I've read two of the books, unhauled nine books, and I still have ten of these books on my shelves (one of which is on my list of 18 books to read in 2018!)
YA: Out of the 12 books on the list, I've read 7 and unhauled on, leaving four of those books still on my shelves.
Adult: Out of the 41 books on this list, I've read 12, unhauled five and still have 24 unread.

Series to Finish: 34
Middle Grade: Out of the 12 books on the list, I've read all but two.
YA: Out of the 15 books on the list, I have four that are unread, but I unhauled five.
Adult: Out of the seven books on this list, I have four still unread (and I'm counting the last Game of Thrones book as one book).

Series to Start: 24
Middle Grade: Both of the two books are still unread.
YA: Out of the 19 books, I've read seven, unhauled four and still have eight on my shelves.
Adult: Out of the three books, I've read one and still have the other two on my shelves.

And now here's the tricky part ... let's look at how many MORE books I've added to my shelves, and are still unread, since that post in 2015!  When I posted my reading resolutions, I said that I had 111 books on my shelves, but that wasn't being fully honest.  I wasn't counting ARCs or classics, so this post is the brutal, honest truth ... I currently have 131 unread books on my shelves!

Standalones: 67 (ten middle grade, ten young adult and 48 adult)
Series to Start: 37 (three middle grade, 21 young adult and 13 adult)
Series to Finish: 27 (two middle grade, seven young adult and 11 adult)

Looking back now, I see that my unread series books are a little higher, but in all honesty that's likely from the three series starters that I've received in my Owlcrate boxes, and I'm not even sure if I'm interested in reading those series.  Plus there's three new Karin Slaughter series books on my shelves that were recently acquired.  For series to finish, I'm up a little higher than I was back then, but not astronomically so.  AND, most impressively, I actually own less standalones on my TBR than I did almost three years ago.  I'm also happy to see how many books from that TBR list I've unhauled, either because I'd tried them and DNFed, or just simply realized that I have no intention of ever reading them.  The unhauled YA books have made their way into my husband's classroom, so I don't feel too bad, and one of his students fell head over heels in love with the Lux series as a result, which made me feel good.

Although my goal this year is to end the year with less physical books on my TBR, I'm also hoping to be ruthless with unhauling.  I'm wrestling with some thoughts on this, and I'll share a post on my thinking process in the next couple of weeks.  Stay tuned!



  1. TBR posts are always interesting looking at your TBR and realizing how many unread books I have is hard.

  2. I don't have too many physical books that are sitting on my shelves unread. I made a commitment to myself to stop buying physical books 5 years ago that I hadn't read and that has helped a lot. I do have a ton of eBooks though, waiting to be read. My goal for 2018 is to bring my Goodreads TBR below 500 this year. I've got a few plans in motion to get those numbers down this year but it's a little easier said than done :P


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