Today I’m going to be discussing why exactly I no longer do TBRs. This post is long overdue. The last time I did a TBR post was in May 2020 and I never actually explained why I stopped doing these.
The main reason I no longer write TBR blog posts or decide on a TBR list for the month is because I have discovered that I am such a mood reader. Before, I used to find that TBRs gave me some sense of structure; I have far too many books on my TBR and I really felt that a pre-decided list on what I was going to read that month made the decision of what exactly to read a lot easier. By removing the choice it meant that I didn’t feel overwhelmed.
Though having the structure of what you’re going to read can motivate you, there came a point last year where it meant that I was sitting there reading books that I wasn’t particularly enjoying. Not because they weren’t good books or that I would never enjoy them, but because I simply wasn’t in the mood at that time to read that book. It also meant that I missed out on books that I really felt like reading in the moment because I felt trapped by my TBR and letting people down as I had promsied to read certain books that month.
2020 was really a turning point for me where I decided that I just wanted to read books that I felt like reading and that I didn’t want to feel constricted by a set list. It made reading a lot more enjoyable to me (of course, reading was always enjoyable, but I felt like it allowed a different sense of freedom with my reading).
If you read solely by your mood I also find it reduces reading slumps and when, like me, you love reading and reading is your escapism, then you really want to avoid those pesky slumps!
I have thought several times about just doing seasonal TBRs but, at the moment, that doesn’t feel like the right decision for me. I think, though seasonal TBRs would give me more flexibility in what I read, it also means I need to plan a lot further into the future (3/4 months!) of what I’m going to read.
Another idea I thought was maybe to do a “Books that I might read this month” style post.
I’d be really interested to hear what’s your favourite way of deciding what to read? Do you do monthly or seasonal TBRs? Or do you prefer to decide what to read by your mood?
Let me know!
Thanks for reading.
Love, Zoë x