Do you ever get overwhelmed by the amount of books on your bedside table?

So here is my problem, last week I was away on a course and I literally had zero time to read. I was up at 7am finishing at 9pm then basically going to sleep every day. My books have now began to pile up on my bedside table and I am freaking out.

What is on my bedside table?

Before I left on this course I was reading 2x books

1. I am Malala by Malala by Malala Yousafzai

2. The Bees by Laline Paull
Then when I got home from the course my Reading in Heels subscription box came, which is fantastic but I still haven’t read last months book so that is also on my pile.

3. Bad Romance by Emily Hill

4. Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

Also when I was away, my book club had its monthly meeting so that book is also on my pile.

5. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

From just being away for 1 week without reading anything at all I am feeling pretty bogged down in books. Do you ever get like that? What is your solution? Am I trying to read too much? Should I cut down?

Any suggestions or help is grateful I still want to read all these books but with a lot of them I only have a month time limit until the next subscription or book club.

Writing this is cutting down on my reading time I must get my nose back in a book! All help will be appreciated though. Thanks Katie x

4 thoughts on “Do you ever get overwhelmed by the amount of books on your bedside table?

  1. tornpagesandroses says:

    Personally if I start to feel overwhelmed I tend to focus on the one that I’ve read the most of already and try to finish it. I prefer audiobooks when I’m on a crunch like you just because it’s faster to finish it and it makes me happy about the progress. Other than that though, I just try my best to ignore the other books and focus to finish it one at a time! 😂😁

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    • brunchingbookworms says:

      Thank you for the advice, much appreciated. I am normally so good at juggling a few books at the same time, I think it’s because I have a book club and a book subscription I always feel like I need to read this before the next month book comes out so I am in a constant rush. I still haven’t quite got into audio books but maybe I will give it a go and see how I get on 🙂


  2. Sandra says:

    I sympathise. I have I don’t how many books staring at me in the bedroom: the pile by the bed – currently underway, and two piles which are allegedly to be read next. One of those piles is 3 books I own which I’ve told myself I’ll read next. They’ve been there since ….. April maybe? The other pile is library books. As fast I read and return them more arrive – entirely my fault of course! I keep on adding to them! Try not to get too overwhelmed though; don’t let it spoil the pleasure of reading the book (whichever one it is). I hate it when I realised I’ve been hurtling through something because I feel pressured by those waiting in turn.

    (And I hope you get to read All the Light… – I love that book!)


    • brunchingbookworms says:

      Well I am glad I am not the only one! Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I feel the same I seem to buy more and more and there are books still waiting to be read. I try and organise myself and write lists but it doesn’t always work out that way. I have ordered All the Light… which should be with me this week, so hoping to finish Home Fire first then go onto that as these ones are my “time limit” books. I love book club and my book subscription but it does stop me from reading loads of things I already have on my pile. If I could stop time I would read for an entire week to catch up haha. How many books are you reading at the moment? 🤗📚


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