Reading Anticipation

Many of us complain about our lengthy TBRs – but are we really complaining?  I think not. I have literally hundreds of books, in both print format and digital format that I haven’t read yet. And guess what? I wouldn’t have it any other way.

The thoughts of being physically surrounded by as yet unread books gives me the most intense pleasure. I keep adding, and adding, and adding, to my TBR. Yes, I do read them eventually, and yes, I often cherish the time spent reading them. Yet, there is something about the promise of an unread book that titillates, that warms the heart, that comforts.

When it comes right down to it, I like adding to my TBR. Every time I add another title, it is like hours of potential pleasure being added to my life. What’s not to like?

And when my favourite authors write another book? I’m

We book bloggers derive as much pleasure from planning to read, organizing our books, and writing about our TBRs as we do from actually reading the books.

Yes folks. There is nothing like having the luxury of choosing your next read when you do have LOTS of choice. I’m spoiled… and I grateful… but mostly spoiled.

I have a chronic case of tsundoku.

I absolutely 100% agree with the following quote by A. Edward Newton (a prominent book collector in the period before World War I who owned 10,000 books at the time of his death)

“Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity …. We cherish books even if unread, their mere presence exudes comfort, their ready access reassurance.”

Who among you is like me? Who secretly loves having many, many, many, unread books?

About Fictionophile

Fiction reviewer ; Goodreads librarian. Retired library cataloger - more time to read! Loves books, gardening, and red wine. I have been a reviewer member of NetGalley since October 2013. I review titles offered by Edelweiss, and participate in blog tours with TLC Book Tours.
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52 Responses to Reading Anticipation

  1. rachelleilani says:

    Honestly, same. I have so many books that I’ve purchased and have yet to read but I love them. I always imagine that some day I will have a long vacation in which I will read many books.

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  2. robinleeann says:

    I usually have a big tbr pile in little spurts. I’ll wait until it has grown huge and then I read them one by one until the pile is almost gone. Then the pile will grow again. (Usually all while continually reading.)

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  3. samuels2011 says:

    I love my piles of “To Read later” and the piles of “Reading at the moment”. Right now, I’m doing a Stephen King Challenge, and I cannot stop myself from buying so many books, and I do not want to. My hobby is buying and reading books.


  4. I think my kindle is a physical manifestation of this obsession. At least it’s tidy! I do have an existential crisis at times that there’s never enough time…

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  6. Xstitchbee says:

    Oh yes! I get giddy with excitement when I find a new book to read, even if it goes on the pile for months or years to come! I’ll always get round to it eventually 😃 x

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  7. carhicks says:

    Love this post Lynne. I have fun just deciding what I am going to read next.

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  8. Sheree @ Keeping Up With The Penguins says:

    I love the anticipation of an unread book, the potential – could this be THE book? And, whether they’re read or unread, I love the feeling of being surrounded by books. It’s like building a fortress of hope and dedication; it’s SO hard for writers to finish a book and seek publication, I love surrounding myself with their realised dreams.

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  9. Pauline says:

    My mind and my heart always have this Do-I-really-need-another-book battle in the bookshop. In the end, the heart prevails. One can never have too many books. ❤️

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  10. bibliobeth says:

    Love this post Lynne and your pictures too. My TBR is out of control and sometimes it makes me nervous but most of the time I love it. It brings me joy just to see all my books sitting there and having such a choice of what to read! We are so lucky as book bloggers. 😍

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  11. Jee Wan says:

    My TBR is ever growing! But I feel so guilty whenever I add books and to make it worse, the hubs will start nagging LOL but that euphoria of seeing another good book to read or add, never seems to go away no matter the size of my TBR…😅 Hope I’m making sense LOL

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  12. Me too. I have so many physical books that I haven’t read yet and I keep buying more. I love having books and so many options of what to read next.

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  13. I looove having stacks and stacks of books (read and unread) to look at in my home. But occasionally it gives me a sense of dread that I won’t be able to read everything I want before I die.

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  14. I do like having the option of a wide variety of books to read but I do need to balance that with the space and organisation so that I can find them when I want to read them.


  15. 100% on board with this post! In fact, I spend hours looking through Goodreads, walking the aisles of the library and bookstores, and picking through blog posts and book-related articles, on the hunt for books not yet in my “collection”.

    A couple of months ago…I maxed out my Kindle Oasis. As in, I have no more room for downloading new books, despite the fact that I always, always remove completed books from it immediately after. While I feel a bit sheepish about this, part of me was kind of proud. My collection is so tremendous it exceeds the storage limitations on my Kindle. Imagine what that would look like in terms of physical books! Go. Me. 😂

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  16. That will be me then, is there any other way to be? Long live massive TBR’s and the joy of choice. It’s my favourite sort of comfort blanket.


  17. Me! The only thing equally as exciting as being able read a book is adding a new one to my collection 🙂


  18. Me, me, me. Over here me! 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️🙋‍♀️ I planned to go through my books and do an unhaul before the New Year, but I was too busy procuring new books; so I’m doing it now. And I’ve bought 3 more books since I started. I couldn’t resist. Library book sale 3 books for $3.

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  19. Me! I love having books! I probably have more than 500 unread in my shelves, and several hundred on my Kindle. My husband doesn’t get it though. But he puts up with them!

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  20. Margaret says:

    I agree, but the thought that I could die without reading them all makes me sad! But I can’t see that I shall ever stop adding to my TBRs and I do cherish them and enjoy choosing what to read next. I love having lots of choice.


  21. Nia says:

    I’m definitely in the same camp! As long as I have a Kindle full of books that need reading, I will always have a purpose – it’s oddly reassuring.

    A huge TBR of print books makes me twitchy though, like I can’t justify their taking up space in the house until they’ve been read.

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  22. “Peeing my pants with book anticipation” – a marvelous way of describing any bibliophile’s book hoarding habit. 🙂

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  23. skyecaitlin says:

    Lynne, this is another way of thinking about my huge TBR list, and I like to view things in various lights–like a prism held up to the sun. Thank you.

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  24. This is fabulous and really resonates with me too! 😀

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  25. Floryie says:

    Though I moan that I have a very big TBR, I can’t stop adding to it. The day I stop will be a very sad one!!

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