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How to Read and Focus on the Books You Already Own

Looking for some ways to read the books you already own? Here are five tips for book-lovers who have a fraught relationship with their TBR lists.

How to Read Books You Already Own

Do you have a never-ending TBR list?  How many books are on that list that you already own but haven’t read?  It’s easy to get caught up in the hype of new releases, and before you know it, your shelves are overflowing with books you may never get around to reading.  So we will be discussing five ways to focus on reading the books you already own and stop falling into the trap of ordering new books impulsively when you have too many unread books!

Focus on Reading the Books You Own

Your Library is Your Best Friend.

One way to focus on reading the books you already own is by using your library.  If there’s a new book that you’re dying to read but don’t want to spend the money on it, check out the library!  That way, you can still get your hands on the book without purchasing it.  You can also use your library as a way to “try before you buy.”  If you’re not sure if you’ll like a book, borrow it from the library and decide whether or not to purchase a copy after reading it.  While waiting on your new book from the library, you can also use this time to read the books you already own and are sitting on your shelf.


Let’s set some reading goals.

Another great way to focus on reading the books already in your possession is by setting some goals for yourself.  For example, decide how many books you want to read from your TBR list in a certain amount of time, and then go for it!  This can be a great way to motivate yourself and make progress on your TBR.


Time to really focus.

If you’re finding it difficult to focus on reading the books you already own, maybe it’s time to downsize, declutter, and organize your bookshelves.  Start by getting rid of those books you know you won’t read, and the books you’re not sure about right now should go in storage.  Then, only keep the books you know you want to read on your shelves.  You can also trade books with friends or family members.  If someone has a book you’re interested in reading, ask them to trade!  And vice versa – if you have a friend who’s dying to read one of your favorite books, trade away!

How To Read The Books on your TBR

Mix your reading up.

Another way to make progress on your TBR is to try and mix things up a bit.  For example, pick a book from your TBR list and read it alongside a book that’s completely different from it.  This can help keep things interesting and prevent you from getting bored with either of the books.

Set some limits.

Finally, we recommend setting some limits for yourself when it comes to ordering new books online.  For example, try to only order books you know you plan to read right away or within the next month.  Avoid ordering books you see everyone else reading that is not something you’d naturally gravitate towards.

In addition, you can make exceptions for a new or rare collectible edition, the latest book in a series you love, or an author whose books you’re being intentional about reading.  Setting limits for oneself is hard and challenging to stick to, but it’s a great way to prevent your shelves from becoming cluttered with unread books.


We hope these tips help you focus on reading the books you already own and books that are important to you!  What are some other ways that work well for you?  What has helped you to make progress on your TBR?

Let’s talk about it in the comments below!

How to Read the Books You Already Own

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  1. Madeline says:

    Such great tips! Definitely putting some of these to use for 2022(:

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