Caffeinated Confessions: Top Ten Signs Your TBR Pile is too Big..

March 14th, 2015 Kimberly Feature 68 Comments

14th Mar

Caffeinated Confessions

Welcome to Caffeinated Confessions !

I wanted a forum where we could talk about bookish subjects from swoon-worthy covers to the price of eBooks. I hope to share my thoughts on a different subject each month. So that we can all chat and share opinions. In the process I hope we get to know each other a little better.

My friends, neighbors, and acquaintances often make comments about the amount of books I own and read. I have quite the collection but I love each and every one of them. But even I know that  my TBR pile is too big . Here are some signs to watch out for….

Top Ten Signs Your TBR Pile is too Big…

10. You have so many books deciding what to read next is almost as bad as deciding what to buy with your Amazon gift card.

9. You have books by author’s you have never even heard of  and have no idea why/when you bought them.

8. You have books in more than one format. (I own the Other series and a few others in 2 or more formats)

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7. When a friend asks if they can borrow a book you aren’t sure what format you own it in.

6. Your family makes jokes that you need more bookshelves. You blush and hope no one opens the hall closet or looks under your bed.


One of eight bookshelves in my home that are double stacked and overflowing

5. When someone makes a comment about the amount of physical books you own you are relived they don’t have access to your Nook or Kindle.

4. You have more bookshelves than actual furniture

3.When buying a book from a favorite author you need to consult your Goodreads App to see if you have read or already own it.

2. You have more Apps for books than any other on your Smartphone.


1. You read a review or synopsis and decide you must one click now. Amazon tells you it looks like you bought this book six months ago!!!!

Instant Order Update for Kimberly Costa. You purchased this item on November 2, 2014.
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68 Responses to “Caffeinated Confessions: Top Ten Signs Your TBR Pile is too Big..”

  1. Angela

    What a great list. I can so relate to this one. I’ve got book apps off the wazo and I always consult my goodreads before purchasing any books, well unless it’s an author I atomically buy. ^_^

  2. Sharon

    I had to chuckle a few times reading this list. It’s very relatable that’s for sure. LOL

  3. Joy

    Amen to #2! I have Goodreads on my phone, Audible, another audiobook app, Kindle, and so other many kinds of ereader. It’s insane.

  4. Kathy

    This is all true!! I read on my Nook HD with the Kindle app so I’ve accidentally purchased copies of books on both formats. Now before I buy I have to look at both sites to make sure I don’t have it already lol.

  5. Bookworm Brandee

    I just read these aloud to my girls. We’ve had a good laugh. The only one that didn’t apply was #4 and that’s probably my bookshelves are so large. 🙂 the other itens happen more often than I’d like to admit. I don’t even like to admit how many books i have on my Ereaders to my blogging friends after i shocked one of them. Hey, I’m am addict. What else can u say??? Fun post Kim!

  6. Tyler H Jolley

    What a great list, Kim! I’m guilty of more than a few. Some of my favorite books (The Rythmatist, Harry Potter Series, The Janitor) are owned by me in several editions. But I feel like it’s completely normal. If I buy it as an e-book or paperback and it turns out to be fantastic, I have to hunt down the hardcover!

  7. Faye

    Ugh, so true. I have three bookshelves because I only started gathering books three years ago, and it’s already overflowing and I’m double stacking everything! My family don’t understand why the hell I buy so many books and that half of them are still unread. LOL. like yours, mine would probably have a heart attack if they see my Kindle… it has 30 pages of book titles there! XDDDD

  8. Kay

    #8 – I have a couple of books in ebook and hardcover formats because I couldn’t possible wait to get the physical copy until I went to the story the next day when it came out so I bought it as an ebook at midnight. 🙂
    #6 – My family and friends always comment on me needing more bookshelves… I am so thankful they don’t know the totes of books I keep in the closet. 😉 A lot of them are older, but still.

    Great post!!

  9. Literary Chanteuse

    LOL! These points are soooo true. I am actually in the process of reorganizing all my books both print and on ereaders and it is taking me forever!!!! UGH! One of my worst habits is buying the same book but with a different cover.

  10. Christy

    LOL – Oh, yeah, I’m bad at #1. You know what though? There have been a couple times where I already had it, but it didn’t tell me. I don’t know why. I love books, but I’m glad I don’t keep physical copies like I used to. It was crazy, as most of bloggers know. Yes, I had some anxiety and depression at first, but I feel better now. lol

  11. Candace

    I’ve done the kindle thing quite a few times. I’m grateful they tell me! My TBR is WAY out of hand. I believe right now I have 13 bookcases in my house but I also have built in shelves that run almost the length of my house and they are piled high on there. I would guess that’s probably at least 3 more bookcases. I haven’t read even half because once I finally get a good read I often pass it on unless I LOVE it. I’ve been trying to clear them out more lately though. So yeah, I think I have a problem. But I don’t mind it TOO much.

  12. Lark

    The only one – the ONLY ONE! – that doesn’t fit me is #2, and that’s only because I don’t have a smartphone. Yeah, definitely a problem…

  13. Linda Townsend

    Check, Check. Check… I, too, am guilty as charged…

  14. Adria

    Well damn, I hit 8 out of 10. #1 is the one I’m guilty of the most. Lol. Oh well, I have no shame, I’m in a pretty exclusive relationship with Amazon One Click.

  15. s

    I can relate! I prefer print books & they are taking over. However, I have well over 1000 ebooks on my Kindle for PC.

  16. Shannon

    Hahha I LOVE THIS! I can relate to all of these, but #1 has to be my biggest sin, because I do it ALL the time. Amazon probably laughs at me because I try to buy the same books multiple times SO often. And definitely #8. I own way too many books in multiple formats. It is a problem. I always joke that I will end up bankrupt, living in the boxes that all my books came in 😉 Great post, and so very true!

  17. Kim Griffin

    Lol. I love this list! It takes me forever to decide what to read next! There are so many new books and samples on my kindle, I’m wishing there was a better way to organize what’s been read and not read yet because I can’t keep it all straight! Great post!!

  18. Ro

    Awesome post, as always! Totally can relate to this list except the loaning of books. (lol) Despite having such a massive amount, I still end up having to replace the book that someone had the audacity to not return (Yikes), so I stopped letting friends borrow them. Sorry. Hugs…

  19. ShootingStarsMag

    Haha this is great! My sister loves to show people my room because it’s overflowing with books EVERYWHERE, and she finds it amusing. Awesome, but amusing. I have shelves of books, books in boxes under the bed, two bookcases full of books in my closet. That’s not to mention all the random books elsewhere in my house. It’s insane. haha


  20. benish

    I LOOL’ed at this post, I own two bookselves of books – I don’t believe it’s that overbearing although, I own more books than I own clothes and my kindle has over 2000 books :\ I agree with number 10 & 6!

  21. Judy

    The last time that I moved and I had more boxes labeled books than anything else combined, the family staged an intervention. They made me weed them down. Now I try to keep my physical books limited to one bookcase. Let’s just say thank heaven’s for electronics… *grin*

  22. Lanie

    Yupp,yupp. My TBR pile is out of control, I usually go through it every few months and clean it up though. When I was younger I emptied out all of my furniture (dressers) and stuffed my books in there. Lol. My dad made me pack all my books up and stick them in the basement.

  23. tonyalee

    #1 I do the most! But recently, I have found that there are TONS of ebooks that I own that I don’t remember buying or what they are about! LOL

    Love this list!

  24. Braine


    I’m thankful for my reader, easier to hide my babies and pretend that I don’t have a problem. All the rest are in boxes stacked in the garage

  25. Rachael

    Thanks for the laugh, but we will never get to the bottom of our TBR’s that is just a booklover’s life. I save books in my bookoutlet checkout so I can buy them when they have a sale and there is way too many right now.

  26. Becca Lostinbooks

    The number of times Amazon has told me I already have a book I’m trying to buy astounds me. It happens so often! And yes, I need more bookshelves and yes, yes, yes to all of this.

  27. Cat

    LOL! Amazon often tells me that I’ve already purchased the title I’m looking at. So thankful that they remind me and don’t let me buy it twice =)

  28. Sophia Rose

    Well yes, these sound very very familiar. I’m not guilty of all that, but mostly b/c I came out of the womb a list person and I consult my lists for duplicates, formats, read/not read etc. But the rest, yeah…totally guilty. I have resorted to storage totes that stack. I’ve also finally started getting rid of books that I know I won’t re-read (too little too late).

  29. Aurian

    I always have to consult my book list when buying books to check if I have them or not, and still manage to buy double ones.
    But yes, with a physical TBR of 4.000 books, it is too big, and I still can’t stop buying more. Sigh. When I am retired, perhaps I can actually make a dent in it.

  30. Tanja

    LOL The second one!!! That is so true and I’m so used to people giving me “the look” when they try to find something on my phone xD I even have a separate folder for bookish apps. So yeaah! Also it’s amazing that people don’t have access to my Kindle as they say I do have too many books (you haven’t seen anything yet! *evil laugh*). Amazing post, Kim 🙂

  31. Terri

    Love this list, although I’m guilty of most of them! Thank goodness no one has checked the dresser in the guest room, because it’s full of paperbacks! Hope my guests understand that they need to keep their clothes in their suitcase! ha!

    Thanks for a great post! 🙂

  32. Cheryl Noem

    I love your top ten list. I am all of the above. I used to have bookcases in my bedroom. My husband wouldn’t let me put any in any other room. I finally just put books on my kindle. I’m so glad that amazon has cloud storage or my kindle would probably explode from too many books.

  33. Kristin

    HaHaHA I have definitely tried to purchase an ebook on Amazon that I’d already apparently bought… AND READ! Whoops.

  34. Lorna

    I can relate to all of these-except that when I moved to another state a few years ago I had to let go of most of my book shelves-so now I only have one. Twice a year I go back home to Ky, and trade books for more at my favorite used bookstore so that keeps my paperbacks under control. My Kindle is so full that I began to wonder how many books you can have-thank goodness for the Cloud! The one click button is really bad for me, but I love it! As far as number 10-I can’t begin to tell you how many times I have done that! Great subject!

  35. lisa thomson-the great escape

    Ha! You can never have too many books, although too many unread books can feel daunting and take the joy away. I love Goodreads for that reason of being able to keep track of what I want to read next, what I’ve read etc. I don’t know what I did before Goodreads? Great topic, Kim. I’ve only started buying ebooks and I love the convenience but holding a book in my hand is my preference. I’ll need more bookshelves, too!

  36. Donna C

    Several of these are true for me, but number 1 made me LOL! I hope amazon is not reading how many of us this is true for, or they will get rid of that feature, and we will all have multiple ebooks with the same title 🙂

  37. bettylouise

    I no longer have print books as I have given most away. My Kindle has too many books I want to read. This a good post.

  38. Laurel-Rain Snow

    Even though I have been whittling down my stacks, I can relate to several items on your list, like having lots of bookshelves and having to check (Goodreads) to see if I actually already own or have read a book when I see the title.

    I have lots of bookshelves as well, but after my purges, they are not as crowded…my Kindle is another story! LOL

  39. Michelle

    All of these are too true. I envy you for having 8 bookshelves, I only have 5 personal ones…and that’s just because I live with my parents and all 5 of them are in my bedroom.

  40. Nick

    Hahahaha! 😀
    Totally guilty of all of them! Will it ever be possible to overcome the TBR? *sighs*

  41. Katherine

    LOL! Yes to all! And really I blame you for about 1/3 of it! My husband and I have agreed that the bookcases in the living room are to be kept at an agreed upon level of books but the ones upstairs in my bedroom are beyond crammed and that’s not counting the shelves in the garage, pantry, closet and under my bed. I have plans for the rooms when my older kids move out and most involve books!

  42. Nick

    Hahahaha! 😀
    Totally guilty of all! Will it ever be possible to overcome that TBR? *sigh*

  43. Stormi

    I think I can say yes to about all of those. My father tells everyone I have enough books to start a bookstore or library!!!! LOL I am always like…yeah that is probably true…lol.

  44. Ramona

    Hehe! Can’t tell you how many times reason #10 has happened to me 🙂 I always imagine a bookish girl with glasses, behind an Amazon desk somewhere, laughing at me behind her palm… Alas, I am what I am – and your list describes my folly well 🙂 Great post, Kimba.

  45. Grace Fonseca

    This is so me, Kimberly. My mother recently called me a book hoarder and said “If not for me, you would probably be on that show Hoarders”. I definitely don’t hide books under my bed, since my bed is pretty flat to the ground. I have so many books in so many formats its not even funny. Great post.

  46. Angela Adams

    Loved this post! I am seven out of ten! And, actually did — last month — buy a book that I had already purchased, read, and still have on the book shelves (it was hiding!). Have a great weekend!!

  47. Jonetta (Ejaygirl)

    How fun! Fortunately or unfortunately, I’ve got a checkmark for every point you’ve listed and it confirms what I knew. Thanks for a fun post:)

  48. Lola

    Great post! I made a few shelves on goodreads to remind myself in which format(s) I own a book, usually I remember it pretty well, but sometimes I forget. There are a few books I have in multiple format, although the most common one is that I have two different e-files, like mobi for my ipad and epub for my kobo. Some books I own in paperback and e-book, but often I can’t afford to spend money on getting a book in another format as well.
    My memory is pretty good, so often I can remember which book I already own and read. I totally agree with the number 5 one and am pretty happy my bookslves are in a seperate room, so people usually don’t see how many books I own. I really need a new bookshelf soon.

  49. Reanna

    Haha! This is a fantastic list, Kimba! Numbers 9 & 10 are me for sure, but number one…oh yeah. That happens to me WAAAY more than I care to admit. I’ve had Amazon tell me I bought something almost two years ago O_O

  50. Blessie (Mischievous Reads)

    EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. OF. THESE. OMG! Especially number 5 and number 1, hahahaha! I’ve got a lot of ebooks on my e-reader that I can’t keep track anymore and I haven’t even read them yet. Oh life. So many books, so little time.

  51. Red Iza

    So true, I recognize myself in so many of your points, lol ! Except for the format – I concentrate most of my books on my e-reader, they only physical ones are from the library 😉 How many times have I clicked to buy a book to realize I already have it !

  52. Celine

    Haha, that last one has happened to me in the past. I am SO glad that Amazon shows you that you’ve already bought it, or I would have double-bought things many times. Usually I do know all physical books I own, but I often forget where/when I bought them

  53. Cynthia

    Yes, yes, yes to every single one of these! I have actually hit the buy button on Amazon only to get a message saying I already bought it. Ha.

  54. Alreem

    wow as if you actually taking about me hahahaha, this is exactly what happens with me, really great list Kim 😀

  55. Amber


    Seriously, I live at home still and my parents freak out when they hear I’ve bought books (or even won books because I have so many already)… It’s a fantastic thing they don’t have access to my Kindle because I’ve only had it since December and….I have an ungodly amount of books on it. And then there’s arcs to consider…

    I also have doubles in physical and ebooks as well…..

    They were on sale….and I liked them. #Justified

    Oh my gosh, that first one is great! Ha. I don’t think that one’s ever happened to me, fortunately.

    10 and 9 describe me perfectly, I have to decide what to buy a month in advance…Yeah, I’m a bit intense.

    This post was great.

  56. Renee

    There are many times I have a hard time deciding what to read next. I usually keep track of what I want to read on Goodreads, and then buy it. I try not to buy a ton of books that I don’t plan on reading soon. Although my room…well I have books under the bed, in the closet stacked against the wall…so bad!! LOL I used to read paperbacks so much. I definitely need to find a better way to organize them. Although I am pretty good at remembering what I have read, unless it was ten years ago or something, than I have a more difficult time, but I tend to get involved in the stories I read so they make enough of a impact that I remember them.

  57. Sumeet

    This is such a great list…I just love it!! And I can totally relate to it too 😀