When I say “TBR” I mean “to-be-read”. And when I say “pile”, I actually mean “mountain the size of Everest”. But you get the idea, don’t you?! It’s actually okay to have an enormous pile of unread books! I think bookworms beat themselves up a lot for collecting books and not always reading them all. But why?! WHY DO WE DO THIS?! Why do we feel compelled to be guilty for owning the unread?
We shouldn’t be.
And here are 10 reasons why.
Pinecones don’t even stack nicely. And they crumble relatively fast. And if you have a lot of them, your house looks like a tree has shed all over it. THESE ARE NOT DESIRABLE THINGS. Whereas having a house of books is not only visually pleasing, it’s useful! Books are useful. Pinecones are not.
(Unless you make pinecone art? Or you like to eat them? In which case I apologise for being so rude about my dismissal of pinecones.)
2. THEY ARE NOT MESSY TO COLLECT.
Like I said before, at least books don’t shed. They stack neatly. They’re portable and compact in small solid rectangles. When one lines them up, they could be a wall to protect you from your enemies.
3. HAVING A HOUSE OF BOOKS MAKES YOU LOOK LIKE A LEARNED SCHOLAR.
Even if you’re not, pffft. Be quiet. I have the memory of a very sad, very deranged little squid. I could plan my own surprise party, okay? But having a room of books makes me look intelligent and covers up the fact that I constantly forget my relatives’ names.
4. YOU’RE ACTUALLY SUPPORTING AUTHORS AND HELPING THEM TO LIVE AND CONTINUE CREATING MORE ART FOR YOU.
Unless you buy strictly 2nd hand, in which case skip this point, because you starving doing the artists. I’d say shame on you, but actually…THIS IS ME TOO. SHHH. I do try to buy new when I have the money though. BECAUSE ARISTS NEED SUPPORT!! Anyway. We must always remind the world that print books are absolutely necessary to human survival. They can never go out of print. Ergo we must buy!
And it’s nice to know that you’re also stopping an artist from starving by, like, giving them money for half a waffle or something equally nutritious and wonderful.
5. IT’S GOOD TO HAVE SOMETHING TO WORK TOWARDS, BECAUSE PEOPLE WHO FINISH ALL THEIR LIFE’S GOALS OFTEN DIE.
What?!? This is a fact! People without something to strive for often wither away. Knowing you have books to read is a gargantuan goal and will ensure you live well into your hundreds. I, personally, will be living until I’m 592 because of all the books I plan to read. I’ll be a toothless potato on my death bed with my audiobook blasting in my ears, saying “ONE MORE CHAPTER, BACK OFF DEATH.”
6. BOOKS CAN DOUBLE AS OTHER USEFUL ITEMS, SO THEREFORE YOUR COLLECTION IS MONSTROUSLY HANDY.
Like the apocalypse for instance. Who else is going to have so many weapons on hand but a dedicated bookworm?! And if you doubt that books can be dangerous, try dropping a massive hardcover on your foot. Trust me: danger and pain.
Books can also be handy as ladders. They can be built into igloos wherein you can hide from annoying people. Books also are pretty, so they can double as decorations. They are nice to cuddle if you’re sad (if you don’t mind being stabbed by pointy pages occasionally).
7. THEY’RE GREAT CONVERSATION OPENERS.
Sometimes it’s hard to have conversations with other humans…but with books?! There are endless ways to connect with people! Books to discuss! Subjects to argue over! They make great conversation starters, too, if you’re not sure how to approach to another human in your life.
Human: WHY THE HECK IS THERE A HUNDRED UNREAD BOOKS PILED ON MY BED?!?
You: Oh, oh I’m glad you’ve started this conversation! Let us discuss this strange phenomenon that I clearly had nothing to do with!
8. YOU WILL NEVER BE BORED.
If you have a house of unread books…you will not be bored. You won’t run out of books. You will always have something to pick up and snack on. And that’s very comforting.
9. BOOKS MAKE PEOPLE SMARTER. ERGO THE MORE YOU OWN, THE MORE SMARTNESS YOU CAN ABSORB BY BEING IN THE SAME ROOM.
Because I’m 10000% sure this is how it works, okay? If you own hundreds of books you will gradually absorb their knowledge and powers and be an amazing genius of your era. You might wake up one morning knowing the greatest riddles* of life! This should work perfectly for unread books too.
* Like: where do hair ties go?! Seriously. WHERE.
10. UNREAD BOOKS = POSSIBILITIES.
It is nice to have possibilities available, right? You have possible amazing adventures waiting for you in those unread books! You could possibly wear your unread books as hats! You could possibly develop a taste for eating books and ergo have limitless food options.
The definite point is: unread books do not equal a lazy reader or a bad bookworm. It means you have a collection. You are allowed to have a collection, read or unread. Life is kind of tough, right? It is perfectly acceptable to collect awesome things you love and have ZERO REGRETS FOR IT.
do you have a lot of unread books?! do you feel guilty about it?! SHOULD YOU FEEL GUILTY?!? or do you agree with my logical and sensible post?