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TBRs-Helpful or Hurtful?


*waves*  Hiya!  I’m RaeAnne from The Loquacious Bibliophile!  I’m a book blogger and have been for a little over a year now; I’ve been a bookworm my entire life and I also happen to enjoy writing quite a bit … If you like book reviews, bookish product reviews, writing prompts or other wordy fun stuff, you’d probably like my blog!  :D

Your lovely Filipa here has asked me to write a guest post and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it!  She’s written one for me, too, and I think it’d be great if you went and checked it out!

I want to talk about TBRs today!  To-Be-Read lists!

Personally, I have my TBR for 2016 up on my blog, and I share my monthly TBRs at the top of each month!  :)  I’m one of those people who really likes to-do lists and I find that TBRs are like the bookish version of those; it always feels good to finish a book, but it feels even better when it’s something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time.

I even made this fun TBR book jar–for when I’m not quite sure what I want to read.  :D

So I’m definitely a fan of them!

But . . . well, sometimes, they’re a little bit stressful.

That doesn’t mean I don’t like them (obviously), but . . . I always think I’m going to read more than I have (*ahem* or make) the time for and then I’m just worried about whether or not I reach my arbitrary goal.  Judging by the other book bloggers I follow, I’m not the only one with this problem.  But keep your head up, guys and gals!  As long as we’re still reading, we shouldn’t be too worried about our TBRs, right?

I sure think so!  Especially when the goals that we set for ourselves are just random numbers; they’re still something we strive for, but we shouldn’t freak out just because we don’t achieve that number.

And other people’s reading goals will be different than ours–and that’s okay.  I’ve seen some on Goodreads that are 100, and others that are more like 20.  You are you and I’m me; our lives are different and I don’t think that what we read (or how much we read) is any exception to this!

My TBR for 2016 used to be 50, but–after a lot of debating with myself–I changed it to 35; it just seemed like a much more reasonable goal.  That doesn’t mean that that decision was an easy one to make, but it’s a lot of weight off my shoulders.  :)  Funny how such a little thing can seem like such a big deal, isn’t it?

In the end, I still love TBRs!  I like to challenge myself when I can.  And I feel like I read more when I do have a goal, however small it is.

Reading slumps are a thing of the past now that I take the time at the beginning of the month to choose what books I want to read!

So what do you think of TBRs?  Are they a gift or a curse?  Do you find them helpful, or just too much of a commitment?

Thanks so much for having me, Filipa!  It was great!  :)

And thank YOU for reading!  :D


The Loquacious Bibliophile

4 thoughts on “TBRs-Helpful or Hurtful?

  1. Hi RaeAnne! Thanks for coming here to Down The Reading Hole and for this amazing post! I love your TBR book jar – that's really an awesome idea! Well, for me TBRs are indeed helpful. I love setting goals and I feel much more committed to reading when I have a TBR list. I don't really choose which books I want to read at the start of the month because there are always new books coming my way, but I decide how many books I want to read in a year – I started with 25 but I already surpassed that number so now it's 30 – and that is how I fight my reading slumps. By the way, I have a friend on Goodreads that has already read 403 books this year out of her goal of 435! This is just to prove that everyone is different because I surely wouldn't be able to get past 50 books in a year, let alone 435 :p

    Thanks again for being a guest in my blog and I would definitely enjoy having you here again! :D


  2. Hello Filipa!!

    Thank you so much for letting me post here! Your post is scheduled to be live in three hours here and I can't wait to share it with my readers!!

    I think TBRs are awesome! And that's a good way to keep your reading “schedule” flexible, not necessarily choosing what books you read each month! I quickly get sidetracked from my goals, but . . . well, that's life! XD As long as I'm reading I'm happy!

    Wow!! Just goes to show how everyone is so different, huh?

    Thank YOU for letting me post here and you're more than welcome on my blog again! <3 Just let me know if you're ever in the mood for a guest post!


  3. I used to do monthly TBRs because I like to-do lists, and I’m not a mood reader. It worked really well for me. Then, last month, I decided to let a random number generator pick most of the books I read. That also worked well, so I’m doing it again this month. I guess I’m just not picky about which book I grab off my shelf.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!


  4. That's awesome AJ, I wished I was like that! I really like RaeAnne's idea of the TBR Book Jar, but I also think that it wouldn't really work for me. I need to be the one deciding which book I'll read next, not by some game of chance. If I drew out a book that I just wasn't in the mood to read, I would probably stumble into a reading slump after a while and I wouldn't even finish that book. Yup, I am a bit picky :p


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