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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!!

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katherine @ paperbackdreamer
katherine @ paperbackdreamer

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!! 😛


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.

Trish @ Between My Lines

“We both want and don’t want to conquer our TBRs??” -YES to this! Sometimes the more I think I’ll love a book, the longer I’ll leave it unread on my shelf. Saving it for just that right moment.

Marie @ Drizzle & Hurricane Books

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.

Beware Of The Reader
Beware Of The Reader

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

Lara @ Words With Lara

When I had my reading slump I felt a bit like this.. Nothing I started was that good, but now that I’m out of it I worry more about never being able to read all the books that I want to because there are just so many books out there!

Lashaan Balasingam

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!… Read more »

Darius Jung

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… Read more »

Tânia @MyLovelySecret

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… Read more »

Dani @ Perspective of a Writer

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!!


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… Read more »

Cassie Winters
Cassie Winters

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.

Aj @ Read All The Things!

I was never afraid of this before, but now maybe I am? Haha. I’ve been looking at the books that are coming out next year, and I think we’re safe. Some of them sound pretty good.


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Trang Tran

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 😀

Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

Unless that apocalypse one happens, I feel fairly safe. Heck, I’ve probably got about a million amazing unread books just on my bookshelf! 🙂

Karen Blue

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!


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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Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

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… Read more »


I have a kindle too and this comment has just made me realize the vulnerability of it!


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Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

This is a real fear, but time and time again I discover a new series or new to me author that blows me away. But yes, sometimes I think this when I am reading a series by a beloved author and the series ends.


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.


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!


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.


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”