Hey guys, so I thought I’d start up a bit of a discussion on something that is commonly seen in both book blogs and booktube: TBR lists! This is a slight ramble, but I’ve tried to keep it relatively short. I would love to hear any thoughts down in the comments below!
TBR stands for To Be Read and many content creators set themselves a monthly list of books they plan to read each month. I have to admit I’ve never set myself a monthly TBR. It was something I’d never heard of before I joined the book blogging community, and it didn’t take long for me to decide that it wasn’t something I wanted to do.
I love watching/reading other people’s monthly TBRs and have huge respect for those who set them and follow them. But I’ve been adamant that the process isn’t right for me. I have to read a lot of books for university, and I find that as soon as I’m given a deadline to read a book, that book becomes ten times harder for me to read, even if I would otherwise be enjoying it. It sucks the fun out of it for me and the goal goes from being “enjoy reading the book” to “hurry up and finish the book already! Why aren’t you done!?!”
In saying that, I sort of accidentally made a TBR.
I’m going on a cruise in a week’s time and I’ve been thinking and planning about what I’m going to read while I’m away: a “Holiday TBR” of sorts (I will be writing a post about that shortly). I’m feeling super excited to read the books I’ve selected, and it’s taking a lot of self control to not just start reading them now! The process was challenging, but also one that enjoyed. I had to take into account luggage space, the weight of the books, trying to work out how much time I’ll actually want to spend reading (hello piano bar, jazz music, books and an espresso martini). Is this what it’s like making a monthly TBR!?!?! Coz I’d be down with that. This has made me reconsider my stance on setting TBRs for myself each month.
So I have some questions for you guys! Do you make monthly TBRs and stick with them? If you do, does it help your reading process? Is it something you find enjoyable? Or do you put pressure on yourself to complete them? I want to know all the things! Please feel free to leave any comments and/or new questions down below. I need answers folks! And maybe … just maybe … I’ll make myself a TBR for next month.