How long will you take to finish your to-read list?

I found this fun little tool at Fill in the form with how many books you currently have on your to-read list, the number of books you read last year and your age, and it will tell you how long you will need to read all those books. Obviously it doesn’t take into account that I can read some books in half an hour while others take months, but I decided to give it a go anyway.

unread books
Unread books… although I’ve actually read a few from these selves and added new ones since this photo was taken

I didn’t want to go and physically count all the unread books on my shelves, so I took the ones I’ve marked as “want to read” on Good Reads (1395 for the record) then added 25 to account for the fact that not all the ones I own are actually marked as to-read on Good Reads – which is probably an underestimate, but oh well. Here’s my result, assuming I never add another book to my list πŸ˜‰

Reading all 1420 books will take:

13 years and 7 months

You will finish your TBR pile on:

October 31, 2031

And you will be:


I may have a slight problem. (“Hi, my name is Beverley and I’m a bookaholic”)

How long will it take you to finish all the books you currently want to read? Please tell me I’m not the only one who’s going to need literally years

16 thoughts on “How long will you take to finish your to-read list?

  1. omg i almost don’t want to check.
    it says i can finish all the books i own (kindle, real and audio) within 2 years but i had a really good year last year lol. so we’ll see. plus, like you said, they take different amounts of time.
    for all the books on all my shelves (want to read + own) it says it will take me like 6 years. we shall see lol. it also doesn’t take into account all the books we add to our shelves daily, right?! or all the books we buy haha

    1. Haha, yeah I was almost afraid to check.

      That’s not even taking into account the 2 books I found out about today and decided to order straight away instead of adding them to my list πŸ˜‰ Really my Goodreads “want to read” list is more a “don’t forget this book exists” list… it’s certainly not a “to be read any time in the near future” list πŸ˜‰

  2. You’re surely not alone. It would be senseless for me to try that tool, though, because most of my “to read” books are as yet unknown to me. I am in the middle of a long historical fiction and liking it (it’s about the plague during the Middle Ages – what’s not to like?), but on the weekend I read a review about another one that I just picked up at the bookshop this morning (along with two others that leapt into my arms) and can’t wait to start. Goodreads says I want to read 20 books, but so many are not on that list. Basically I already know I don’t have the time left I would need to read all the books I want to read. I will never stop reading until I can’t read anymore, and then I’ll listen to audio books. Can you imagine a world without books? Yikes!

    1. Books yet to be published, books that are already published that I’ve never heard of AND all the ones I want to read but haven’t actually added on Goodreads or bought yet. It’s impossible πŸ˜‚

  3. Haha this is awesome. I feel like it would take into account how frequently you add books though. But then I guess the answer to how long it will take would just be no. Haha

    1. It doesn’t take into account how long the books I read last year were or how long the ones on my to-read list are, so it’s far from perfect but it gives me some idea of how much I’m going to need to up my reading game πŸ˜‰

  4. I had to update my Goodreads to do this:

    Reading all 225 books will take:
    20 years and 5 months

    You will finish your TBR pile on:
    August 20, 2038

    And you will be:

    Yeah you’re not the only one.

  5. There’s no way that could even be close to accurate for me, because I made the mistake of subscribing to the Goodreads deals of the day… so while I’m still reading, I add at least one or two books a week because they were on sale for $1.99 or $2.99… At this rate, I’m adding roughly two books for every one I finish. LOL.

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