It's not like I've tried to put off reading these books. It's just that there's this terrible and beautiful thing in the book world: new books. So every time I say to myself, "That's it! Today, I'm going to read The Hobbit!" I end up going to the library and checking out the latest teen contemporaries.
All of this, and I still haven't read The Hobbit.
I went to a book sale yesterday, where all the books are ridiculously cheap. They have these every month, and every month I buy way more than I should. But this time, I took advantage of the combination of cheap books and a large TBR pile: I bought books I haven't read. Sure, I got a few that I previously read and loved (Forgotten! Amy and Roger's Epic Detour!), but the majority were new to me.
So I was going to continue that list... until I discovered BookTube late in July. And... and they just kept mentioning so many new books, and I had to read them, and soon, my TBR was back up.
But here's the good thing about all this: I read some really, really good books this summer. I wasn't planning to read all of them, but there they were. And they were great. I also got really into graphic novels--how have I gotten this far in life without reading Scott Pilgrim??
So maybe TBR piles work for you, and maybe they don't. But I think that's what I love about books. They'll surprise you. You might think you'll like a book and find it really, really dull. Or you might put off reading something only to find a new favorite book. In the end, it doesn't matter, as long as you read what you enjoy.
That only leaves me with one problem. I enjoy a LOT of books. I'll get around to my TBR eventually.