Why I don’t (really) do TBRs

It seems that TBRs are really popular in the book blogging community. It also seems that I am sort of a black sheep, given that I have never, ever done a blog post about my TBRs on this blog and probably never will.

Before heading into this: in case you are not aware, TBR means: To Be Read. You see that endless pile of books you have to / want to read, yet threatens to fall on top of you and just kill you? Well, that’s what I’m talking about. Sounds fun, right??

I’m not saying that I don’t have a TBR. I do have a massive list of books to read, even if it is pretty ridiculous compared to other book bloggers and big readers.

I have a ridiculous TBR. RIDICULOUS, I TELL YOU.

I have 307 books to be read on my Goodreads shelf. I know. Ridiculous, but let’s face it, this list grows and grows and grows, so that number means nothing.

When it comes to my physical TBR, a.k.a the books I own as physical (or virtual, in the case of e-books) copies, I have, *drumrolls*, 4 BOOKS. I am counting the book I am currently reading.

I’m not kidding, but this happens to me fairly often. It seems like, compared to most of the bookish population on here, I somehow have my book budget under control and do NOTΒ  buy any new books unless I have like, only 2 books left to read on my TBR – meaning, books I have at hand, ready to be devoured by yours truly.

I know. It’s weird, isn’t it? I have no idea how I do it, but somehow I can. Maybe I don’t belong in the book blogging community?? But… I can’t do a TBR when I really don’t know what I will be reading next, can I?

I have to buy all of my books

Thing is: I have to buy my books. ALL of my books. Okay, if I’m being completely honest here – you know, I always try to be -, I buy 99,8% of my books. I already mentioned it a couple times, but as an international bookworm, I don’t have a library to get books from, so… that’s unfortunately not a possibility. So why don’t I buy 100% of my books?

Because 0,1% of these come from my sister, family, loved ones that know how obsessed I am with books and are occasionally being very generous with me. Which results in me screaming and loving them even more. Obviously, they’re sick of me and regret it already.

The another 0,1% comes when I’m lucky, which doesn’t happen too often, but when it does, I am screaming even more. It comes from the giveaways I get lucky to win once every eleven months, the e-ARCs or ARCs I get lucky enough to receive every once in a while.

I don’t buy enough books to make monthly TBRs – well… for now. I never buy 10 books at once (which probably makes me a bit of a black sheep in the book community?). I don’t hold a list of books to buy next and even if I did, I am not really sure I would manage to follow it.

I’m a mood reader.

I also like to read whatever I want, whenever I want to. Which is probably the reason why I’m not participating in any reading challenge, or at least not the ones with strict TBRs or themed TBRs I can never follow because I don’t own the books, I can’t buy the books right now (see above, where I ranted about my not-book-buying abilities) and I am sort of a mood reader.

Thing is: I could never, ever do a fantasy reading challenge, or even a contemporary reading challenge, even if these are my favorite kind of books. I need to change things up, I need to read something weird, something fluffy, some incredible world-building, not in that order necessarily, but… my mind needs to change things up. Helps me avoid the dreaded reading slump and helps me WANT to keep on reading so much.

Monthly TBRs are very popular blog posts in the book blogging community.

Reading challenges TBRs as well, and so on. Just, TBRs everywhere. Saying that I don’t have a TBR would be lying. Saying that I don’t have tons of books I want to read next would be lying, as well. Yet, if I can tell you what book I will be reading next, right now, I can’t tell you what book I will be reading at the end of the month. Thrilling, isn’t it? The ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES.

When it comes to blogging, I know what’s coming next. I might not know what’s coming next month, or six months from now, but I have ideas, a schedule to follow, PLANS. When it comes to reading, I just let my next small book-haul and my mood decide what will happen next and… so far it has been working pretty well.

Do you make monthly TBRs? Why, or why not?

How does your physical TBR looks like? And your Goodreads one? Are you holding on okay??

Do you have your book-buying habits under control or… are you forever struggling to refrain yourself from buying all the books? Let me know in comments!

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128 thoughts on “Why I don’t (really) do TBRs

  1. YES TO ALL THIS HONESTLY!! I loveee that you talk about how you don’t buy more then 10 books at once because I never see any other book blogger of booktuber SAY that. It’s always “here’s my monthly haul of 40 books and I think I did pretty good on my book buying ban”….AND HERE I AM CRYING because at Christmas I get to order 10 books and that’s lot 😭. So thank you for making me feel less alone in the corner.
    And I never understood TBR posts! Good for the people that make them if it helps them of course it’s just that I’m such a mood reader that I know if I did one none of the books on the list would end up being read πŸ˜‚.

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    1. Oh you’re definitely not alone… and, 10 books is A LOT. I almost never buy 10 books all at once, I’d feel guilty already. I find it crazy how people do book hauls of 10, 20, 30 books, it’s INSANE, I don’t know how they do it??
      I agree, it’s great if TBRs works for them… for me, I don’t think it would haha.
      Thank you!! ❀ ❀ ❀

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  2. Ooooh I really enjoyed this post Marie… at first I thought it said, I don’t do DNFing, haha. It makes total sense you don’t have long monthly TBRs as you have to buy your books (and not to be competitive but I have 1000 book TBR, though I don’t buy my books, so… yeah no control). In fact I wouldn’t even read that much if I had to… so I’m very aware of how privileged I am! And I’m mystified why you can’t get tons of eARCs as you are so influential in the American Book blogging community, publishers really don’t know what they are missing!

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    1. Can I be honest with you, Dani? I don’t really do DNF-ing either?? Haha. I can’t remember the last time I DNF-ed a book, I think it was years ago.
      1 000 BOOKS??? Wow, that’s a lot haha. Also, you are WAY too sweet, I am no idea if I am that influencial but that is the kindest compliment ever. Thank you!!! ❀ ❀ ❀

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  3. I rarely set tbr goals because I know that once I lay out the books I intend to read I will not read them. It’s like I’m internally rebelling against any sort of commitment I make to the tbr haha. On top of that, my mood reading tendencies mean that I spend more time deciding on which book I’m in the mood to read than I do reading it. Basically my plan is to read through the books I own before I even think about buying new books.

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    1. Hahahaha, I so understand that. Sometimes, we just like to do whatever we want and won’t get into any kind of commitment haha.
      You have the same plan as I do! I try to read most of my books before getting new ones and I always read all of my books πŸ™‚
      Thank you so much for your comment, Lois!! ❀

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  4. This is impressive, honestly! Even when I did buy all of my books, I had backlog on my shelf, because I overdid it. Then I had ARCs and well, I overdid those too. Now, I rarely get more books than I read in a month, so that’s good, but the loooooong backlog will probably be around forever. I have at least 1,000 books to read, basically. My Goodreads list is worse, of course. I think there are about 1300 on my TBR now? Which is ridiculous. And I do pare it down, but then I add more and it is a never ending cycle.

    As for a scheduled TBR though? NOPE. I do have an idea of like “okay, I have to read X ARC by X date” but that’s the only schedule I hold myself to, and it isn’t really a schedule. Idk how people can do it, I feel very trapped if I *have* to read certain books certain times.

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    1. Wow, that’s sooooo many books. Well, at least you have a lot to choose from, so that’s good? πŸ™‚
      It is a never ending cycle on Goodreads – there are just so many books and it’s so easy to add them. It’s when we want to clean up our shelves that it gets tricky, haha.

      Same here – I only have a sort of very loose schedule whenever I get an ARC, other than that, it’s… whatever I want. I feel better this way haha πŸ™‚
      Thank you!!<3 ❀

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  5. I used to set monthly TBRs but I don’t anymore because… it gave me too much pressure and I felt bad when I didn’t achieve them? Major blogger guilt because I announced them on my instagram and blog as well. But I discovered I was a mood reader when I did my reading every day challenge and well, that was kind of eye-opening for me (even though most people just know I didn’t know?? So weird :P) Anyway, and then I always have an overly ambitious one because I want to read all the books. So no more TBRs for me!

    My recent post: http://oliviascatastrophe.com/2018/01/6-reasons-you-need-new-cool-socks/

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    1. Oh I understand – I always want to read ALL the books as well and would probably set my expectations up way, WAY too high hahaha. I think it’s great that you found your right rhythm and choose the books you want to read, when you want to read them πŸ™‚
      thank you so much for stopping by!! ❀

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  6. Ooh, I love this post, Marie! I don’t really do TBRs either (except for my one huge 600+ books one on Goodreads :P) because I’m a huge mood reader, like you! This month was the only month that I really had a TBR, because I got books from Christmas and I planned BRs and all that. Sometimes I have a bit of an immediate TBR with library books? But usually I just read whatever I’m in the mood for!

    Great post! ❀

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