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Discussion: Fear Of Reading Up All The Good Books Cause What If There Are No More Good Ones After That??

Alright, so. Time to talk about something completely illogical, random, and yet very real and possibly relatable. #BookwormProblems time! Yes, I’m talking about the idea of running out of good books in the world. *gasp!* Namely, I mean running out of amazing books to read in the world, realizing you’re stuck with the mediocre ones from now on, apart from every once in a blue moon, when another super amazing one comes out. Yes, yes – I know:

I mean, how could we possibly ever run out of good books to read? Aren’t our toppling TBRs already threatening to bury us under an avalanche? Aren’t books released at the pace where you’re constantly worried you won’t ever be able to request them all, much less read them in time..? Or in a lifetime..?

And yet! Let’s consider this a moment. This is a very real fear! I won’t be surprised if a lot of you say you’ve at least experienced it once!!! Isn’t it a scary prospect to read up all the good-book-lists and be stuck with 3 star reads?? Let’s look at this logically and try finding situations in which it could be true that it’s possible to run out of epic books to read! And then, let’s look at the points against this ludicrous murderously terrifying aspect of our bookish paranoia.

Points In Favor It Could Be True

What if…

you read all the good famous epic books like Harry Potter and His Dark Materials or The Illuminae Files and there’s nothing like it left??

What if…

the current publishing industry fails to release really, I mean, really epic books that fast??

What if…

the apocalypse comes and you’re stuck with the books that are currently released, and you’ve already read all the good ones?? (I mean… Let’s focus on the real issues here.)

What if…

I know we always find tons of 4 star and even 4.5 star books, but just HOW common are the 5++ star ones? Not that common, eh?

What if…

gems don’t just come out of the ground every day, you need to wait another decade for something of the scale of Harry Potter to be released again? (Let’s face it, this one might actually be true!)

Points In Favor That This Is An Evil Conspiracy

Point 1:


Point 2:

Just look at your TBR.

If that doesn’t help you, look at the rate you’ve been conquering it. If that doesn’t help you… I’m sorry. I’m out of options, friend!!

Point 3:

Come on, there is no way you could already know all the good ones, right? There are so many of us, and we keep finding new good books on each other’s blogs, right?? Right..?

Point 4:

We can always hope for the future!! There are more and more writers every day, there are SURE to be some geniuses hiding away behind their desks and screens. We just need to wait them out!

Point 5:

You could always explore a new genre, couldn’t you?

Point 6:

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Take Aways?

  1. #BookWormLogic =/= actual logic
  2. We both want and don’t want to conquer our TBRs??
  3. God forbid we actually run out of epic books
  4. But there doesn’t seem to be a way of preventing it other than constantly pushing really anticipated and hyped titles deeper into our TBR stack
  5. Which seems to be what most of us are doing anyway, so maybe we’re fine??

Now! Your ideas. Your ideas are what I need! Have you ever felt that way? Have you, in fact, woken up from a nightmare of feeling like you’ve read up all the Harry Potters of the world and you’re stuck with 3 star reads from now on? I want almost scientific proof it isn’t true!!

I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

58 thoughts on “Discussion: Fear Of Reading Up All The Good Books Cause What If There Are No More Good Ones After That??

  1. Can you imagine if that ever actually happened? *gasp*
    I’d hate it!

    I do sometimes feel like after I’ve read a really great book will anything EVER live up to what I just read. (I’m still yet to read a book I enjoyed and made me as happy as the Harry Potter books!)

    To be honest though, have you seen the releases of books for the next two years? There are so many amazing books coming out I think we will be okay!! 😛

    1. I know, that’s exactly the feeling! (Also, try His Dark Materials. That’s the only series that lives up to HP for me, although of course it’s not about the same thing, but epic in the same proportions!)
      And yeah, my brain knows you’re right! But my inner bookworm is all like AAAAAA 😀

  2. I’ve always felt as though I had too many good books to get through in my lifetime. I read across a lot of genres, so it’ll take quite a while for the good ones to dry up, and the ones being released in the upcoming year(s) look so good! Reading up all the good ones as never been a fear for me, at least.

    1. Would you laugh if I said I have a fear of never reading or even finding all the good ones as well? 😀 I know. It doesn’t make any sense to have both those fears 😀 but somehow it works like that 😀
      Maybe it’s just the notion that you’ll never read something epic in the same way. After all, for example, there can only be one Harry Potter, pretty much. Know what I mean?

      1. Haha that’s amazing! That’s exactly how I feel, though. Need to read, read, read to find those good books :p And I totally know what you mean about never reading something amazing the same way again. I’m so jealous of my niece who’s reading Harry Potter for the first time. I’ve re-read it, but there’s nothing like being introduced to Diagon Alley for the very first time.

        And then there are certain ages when certain books really hit a sweet spot for being absolutely incredible; there are books I’ve read now that I wish were available when I was 12 or 14, because while it was good now, it would have meant everything then.
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  3. THIS THIS THIS THIS, I’m always SO scared to run out of great books?! Or sometimes, whenever I read some books in a row that are… well, good, but don’t really blow me away, I get scared and wonder if nothing impresses me anymore and if nothing ever will. But there are SO MANY BOOKS in the world and on our TBRs, I want to always hope that there’s this amazing five-star read, the one that will blow us away, just waiting around the corner haha.
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    1. I know right!! But then, I also fear not being able to read/ find or even find out about all the good books in the world! These two fears don’t make any sense, cohabiting the same mind, but oh well xD I tend to think, yeah, maybe I’ll read good ones, but will they be good in the SAME way? Which they probably won’t be, cause there can probably be only one Harry Potter, as such, for example.
      Anyway, I’m glad you understand 😀

  4. Hahaha what a mind trip!! I don’t fear it as I trust our beloved authors and their skill.

  5. I’d be a pretty sad fella if I could never pick up a great book again… With over 1000 books in my TBR, I have faith that I’ll surely always have a nice surprise here and then to read. I mean.. in a lifetime, some people can’t even fit 1000 books too! And with books being released every week, there’s bound to be a genius out there who’ll come out of the blue to surprise us too! Gosh this post has me imagining so many bad things happening to literature… Like burning libraries back in the day wasn’t bad enough! I don’t want books to actually suck to ever become a fact!! Great post though. 😀
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  6. Uh, nope, can’t say I’ve ever felt this way. Maybe that’s a function of not being able to read as much as I want to, because of kids and research books clogging up my TBR, but there are so many book series that sound awesome that I haven’t started yet and I’m not even sure when I’ll ever get around to them. That’s probably a much bigger great for me, not being able to read everything I want to!

    Have faith, there’s tons of amazing books out there, not all of them get hyped, and I’m sure there’s some 5 star books you’ve never even heard of yet.
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    1. That’s what I keep hoping! 🙂 actually, you’re not alone – besides having the fear of reading up all the good books, I also have the fear of NOT being able to read all the good books in my lifetime xD how does that work? Don’t ask me 😀 truly a mystery! XD but the entire bookworm mind is a mystery for sure 😀

  7. I won’t lie: I have felt this irrational of fear of never reading an amazing book. It usually happens after reading a five plus stars book. Or after a strike of bad books (three out of five of my last readings were one/two stars for me, so I’m now wondering where did all the good books go). I do tell my brain that there are so many books in the world that is impossible not to love something again, but it just doesn’t listen to me. And, so glad to know I’m probably not alone on this, when a book I’ve been dying to read comes out and I’m sure it’s going to be epic, I usually just push it deeper into my TBR pile because I’m like “if I read you now, I’ll never find a great book again”. Bookworms have crazy brains. =P

    Happy readings! 😉
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    1. Yep, this is exactly what happens to me 🙂 and the part about “saving it for later” as well 😀 would you believe I have still not finished HP? XD it’s because I liked them so much, I try to read the following ones at a VERY slow pace so I don’t rub out too soon xD xD

  8. hahahhahahahahahaha this was such a great post… its like a secret fear that you don’t really realize you have but you also know is unrealistic but you can’t help feeling especially if you’ve ever been in a reading slump when nothing was good to read… So fun Evelina!!
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  9. What an interesting fear! No… I’ve never experienced it – not recently, anyway. Maybe in the 1980s before I got heavily into reading science fiction and fantasy and I was so SICK of all those dreary contemporary stories about men cheating on their wives and girlfriends trying to seduce husbands… Urgh! But since Himself introduced me to the fairyland that is SFF, then it’s just been magical. And while there may never be another Harry Potter series – there will be something just as good but DIFFERENT:)). The thing I love about those gems – is that they always happen when I’m not expecting them! Happy reading, Evelina and I HOPE your reading is regularly dotted with those precious FIVE STAR reads:))

  10. I have never feared running out of good books to read, but I think this is because my mind is optimistic when it comes to books. I find the positive in every single book I read, so there is always some element of “good” in them to me. Also I haven’t read so many books I figure that I can’t run out of decent ones ever, interesting discussion though.
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    1. Thanks! I know what you mean, I also try to find something nice about every single one I read, but there’s a difference between “that was a good book” and “THAT BLEW MY SOCKS OFF” 😀 although I guess we only read this kind of book occasionally? And maybe we should? Cause if we read mindblowing books all the time, I guess we’d just get accustomed to it and it wouldn’t blow our minds anymore.

  11. OMG OMG NOW IM SCARED. YOU JUST SPARKED SOME ANXIETY IN ME. No not true you also reassured em that theres still hope in the world HAHA with you recommendations <3 Love this post!! Definitely something to think about 😀
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    1. Glad you liked it! 🙂 I’ve found out that quite a few people already share this fear with me, and it’s usually after just finishing a really good book 😀
      Oh BTW, I shared your villains post on today’s Sunday post 🙂 that one was great 😀

  12. I have totally felt this. Like when I binge read an author and then end up in a slump, I totally feel like why even bother having bookshelves since I have read everything already?!
    The I find another book to snag my attention. You bring up some totally great points that I have momentarily scared myself with.
    ‘Thanks for sharing!
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  13. I must admit, I don’t think this is a thing that’s ever going to happen 😛 There’s millions of books out there and we really only read such a small percentage of them. It’s more that we might never choose a good book again! But have faith, I’m sure there’s SO MANY out there we’re yet to discover!

    We do all read plenty of mediocre books though, it’s such a treat when something amazeballs comes along.
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  14. Oh yes, the fear is definitely real. I have some series I love, where I haven’t read the very last book in the series. Both because I don’t want the series to be over, and because that way, I know I have something totally epic to read when I need it.

    We are quite lucky, though, there still are lots and lots of amazing books being released, and hopefully, that won’t change any time soon.

    I have this fear of my kindle library disappearing – like, what if there is an apocalypse, and there is no more electricity? What will happen to all my kindle books? Will they stay out there all on their lonesome in a cloud that is no longer in existence? Which is also why I keep a lot of my favorite books in paperback, you know, just in case.
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    1. Oh my gosh xD thanks, now I have that fear too 😀 it’s probably relevant to only those of us who have 500+ titles on their kindle (you and me xD) I don’t have a lot of paperbacks, sadly, because #internationaltroubles. So the kindle it is :p but I think if there’s an apocalypse, we probably will have other problems xD

  15. I’ve definitely felt this way before! It happens when I read several 3-4 star books in a row and I start to worry that I’ll NEVER read another 5+ star book because either (a)they don’t exist or (b)I’ve become too critical to enjoy them. And this fear goes on until I read another 5+ star book [[Song of a Captive Bird by Jasmin Darznik btw]] and then my faith in the world is restored.
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  16. Why, oh why, would you bring this up! Such a scary thought!

    But tbh I have felt this way! So I’ve learnt to DNF books because I figure why waste my time wading through a bad book?

    Aaand when the apocalypse arrives, guess who’s robbing millionaire owned libraries! Wahaha!

    1. I bring this up exactly because you’ve also felt this xD I don’t DNF often.. I just feel bad not knowing how it ends, and sometimes a book does change midway 🙂
      LOL interesting take on the apocalypse xD

  17. Oh my goodness, I worry about this! But it’s sooooooooooo illogical!

    Ok, but let me present an idea here: what if there are no more excellent books of a specific type?? Because this is what I worry most about. I can’t find books that remind me of my favorite authors, and those authors aren’t writing anymore.
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    1. I think this is exactly where this problem comes from for me 🙂 while I vaguely know that there WILL, of course, be great books, there might not be great books of THIS particular kind and feel. That’s something that can’t be changed, I guess :[

  18. Omg this is TOO relatable. Sadly. I have 600+ books on my Goodreads TBR and I’m continually trying to cut it down. So I decided my optimistic goal was 200 books. But then I was like… “WHAT IF I TOTALY RUN OUT THAT WOULD BE TERRIBLE OMG I CAN’T GET RID OF ANY OF THEM” which proceeded to turn into “I’m completely and totally irrational I need to get rid of these books BUT WHAT IF”
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    1. Hahaha, that sounds like IT exactly 😀 I guess we need a buffer of X books at all times. Although maybe that buffer could be smaller than 500-600 books xD (maybe 300… ;D )
      And you don’t need to GET RID of them, you need to GET THEM READ 😀

      1. This is true! Currently I think I’m at 535. Which I’m pretty pleased with considering all of the wrap-ups etc. going around for the end of the year (as it’s less than 100 of what it was a couple weeks ago). Haha I wish! I’m working on that too, but when it gets close to 800, I know I don’t ACTUALLY want to read all of those books. And if it’s crazy huge, I won’t want to read ANYthing for it, knowing me. Too stressful, haha!

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