Today I want to do a discussion on TBR lists and whether they help or hinder your reading experience.
TBR lists also known as ‘To Be Read’ lists for those of you who may not be familiar with them are extremely popular throughout the reading community. Each month many people post or video their choice of books to read that month but for me TBR’s have always been both a blessing and a curse.
Throughout the years I have attempted to have TBR’s on numerous occasions and all of them have ended up the same way. I make the list and then I don’t use that list at all because it’s as if I am forcing myself to pick up those particular books and I lose all interest in them until they aren’t on a TBR. But for many TBR’s are so helpful as they can help you organise your time.
One occasion in which TBR’s are helpful for me is when I have books for reviewing from Netgalley, publishers or authors. I always make a note of these books and if they have a deadline the reviews need to be up by. This is the one time I come close to having a TBR, it’s mainly to organise my blogging schedule and time and outside of these books I never add more to the list of ones I must read. I always just freely pick whatever I fancy next.
Do I have any sort of reading list?
I struggle with small TBR’s but I have a reading list in terms of books I own that I need to get to, which links in with my summer reading plan. I’m wanting to use this summer to read all the books I own and still haven’t gotten around to. So far I’ve actually already started to listen to myself for this and I’m reading books I own rather than looking online for new books to buy… please don’t judge me I have a book buying addiction.
I’m struggling to find the motivation to read?
I wanted to include an answer to this question in here because it’s a place I find myself often. If you are regularly finding that you are in a reading slump and you do give yourself TBR’s then definitely try a month without one, perhaps you feel the same way I do and feel confined and as if it is forcing you to read them. When I feel forced I never want to pick up a book.
Secondly sometimes when I feel unmotivated I also have moments where I just need to force myself to pick a book up and start reading. Once i’ve started I get back into the love and joy for starting a new book and I feel so happy that I forced myself.
Let me know in the comments if TBR’s work for you? Do you give yourself an itemized list of books you definitely want or need to read every month?