Hi everyone! Today I would like to discuss something which most bookworms have in common and that is TBR lists. Recently, while perusing Goodreads, I noticed that there are currently 20 books on my ‘Want to Read’ shelf. The reality is that I’ve lost count of the actual number of books on my TBR list. It’s probably in the hundreds and it’s definitely never-ending! These include: classics which I feel I should have read by now, new releases, series I need to finish, and novels which have received rave reviews from my fellow bloggers.
So why doesn’t my TBR shelf in Goodreads reflect this? It’s a conscious decision because I feel that I’m never going to be able to read all of those books. Also, I think it would stress me out. So many books, so little time! That’s why I’ve decided to keep a maximum of 20 books on this shelf. It’s primarily for ARCs and books which are on my reading challenge. I like to think of this as my priority TBR.
If you are a mood reader like me, sometimes you don’t want to read a book which is on your TBR. You’ll just pick up a novel which takes your fancy. So the idea of sticking to a set TBR doesn’t really appeal to me for this reason. On the other hand, creating a TBR list on sites like Goodreads can help you keep track of the myriad books you come across.
I know that book bloggers in particular can get reading slumps because of TBRs. Personally, if I feel that I have to read a book, it will definitely put me off. The exception to this is ARCs. Reading should be an enjoyable experience, not something which feels like a chore. Sure my TBR will keep increasing over time, but I’ve learnt that it’s okay if I don’t read all of those books.
Over to you! How many books are on your To Be Read list? How do you solve a problem like TBR? Let me know in the comments!