I Have Books I Can Read? The Problem with E-Books & a Challenge

Hands up, who here often forget they have a ton of e-books when picking their TBR? I know I do.

E-books are great. They’re usually cheap and easier to get your hands on from libraries or buy. You can take them everywhere and still have a selection to choose from. I read e-books on my phone, but many people purchase Kindles to read on the go.
And since they’re usually so cheap and there are often regular deals…it’s safe to say that it’s easy to collect a lot of them.

My e-book TBR is nowhere near as big as my physical TBR, despite having books on my e-book TBR that I’ve had longer than any on my physical pile. So it’s not the number that bothers me.

It’s the fact I rarely remember to pick them up. I only bother if I’m out and about and I don’t have a physical book. And that means I’m not getting to some of the titles on there that I’m really excited for.

I bet there are a lot of other people out there who are experiencing the same thing.

So, despite my goal this year to be kinder to myself, I want to challenge myself.

I want to read at least one e-book a month. This doesn’t sound like much, but realistically, it will be one e-book every other TBR pile. And since my TBRs this year are a little smaller, I’ll hopefully start getting through them.
But this is still going to take some effort.

I do have a little TBR tin just filled with my e-books. It’s pretty out-of-date, as I don’t know when I last refilled it. But I will pull from there until there aren’t many left. Then I’ll add the newer books to my TBR. Just so I first start getting through the e-books I’ve had for a few years.

I will probably have to write the book on a big post-it note and stick it on the wall behind my TBR basket. That way, it’ll be in my line of sight, and I should remember that I need to fit it in.

But if anyone with this problem would be interested in doing this little challenge, let me know! Maybe we can set up a discord or a Twitter chat to help encourage each other and share what we’re reading. And maybe new e-book deals as well…whoops!

2 thoughts on “I Have Books I Can Read? The Problem with E-Books & a Challenge

  1. That’s my biggest problem with ebooks (well, aside from the “download free sample” and then never reading it, or reading the free sample, deciding I want to buy the book, and then ignoring the same book after I’ve bought it! 🤦‍♀️) is that I forget they’re there. I can’t physically see them in random moments, so they don’t occupy my attention. And even ones I really, really want to read, including some that may be part of a favourite series, languish for far, far too long, because I’ve forgotten about them.

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