Let’s talk about…TBR piles!

I know you’ve all got one.  Mine sits and silently judges me.

It is the last thing I see when I fall asleep and the first thing I see in the morning.


Do you have tips for working your way through that pile of judgemental books?

Here are some of mine, if you’re interested!

I go through mine once a week.  Why?  Well, I often find there are books in there that I don’t really need or want to read right away.  Sometimes a book sneaks in there that I have read before and want to re-read.  Not necessary straightaway.  Take it out.

Sometimes there are books in there that I just want to have and read at some stage in my life.  (This one drives my husband mad – “Why buy it if you’re not going to read it?” – I’ll get to it, relax!) Those books don’t need to be in the pile.

That’s why there’s a second pile.  There’s always a second pile.


Next, and I know this may sound daft to some of you – make an ACTUAL pile. I find myself sometimes having a TBR pile and an “in my head” TBR pile.  Guess which one works more successfully?


Don’t just limit yourself to the heavy hitters and award winners.  As with everything in life, you’ll miss out on some marvels if you don’t open yourself up to the less obvious.

Always visit a new section each time you visit the bookshop.  You just don’t know what’s waiting there for you on the shelves.


This one is a personal choice and I don’t expect you all to agree.  At crucial stages (when a review is due, a blog tour is coming up) I have to shut down my Kindle for a while.  I love my Kindle as much as I love a visit to the bookshop so this doesn’t come easy.  Needs must some days!

Tell me what books are silently judging you.



Published by girlmeetsbook

Mother of Dragons, rugby coach and eternal dreamer. I love nothing more than being lost down the rabbit hole of books and my Kindle. With a pinch of empowerment, a teaspoon of solitude and the odd G&T I'm not shy of an opinion or letting you know what passions stir my mind! Musings of a binge reader.

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