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To Be Read or not To Be Read?

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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.

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To Be Read or not To Be Read

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!

34 thoughts on “To Be Read or not To Be Read?

  1. My Goodreads TBR is 141 books right now. I mostly use that for books I don’t own that I want to buy or get from the library at some point. I have a “next up” shelf that I use for ARCs and reading challenges, and that usually has around 10 books on it. Other books that I actually own and need to read just lay around my house waiting to be read, haha. 🙂

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  2. I never try to use my TBR as a list of books I HAVE to read or else I’d freak myself out, mostly I use it to keep track of books I’d like to read and don’t want to forget about or upcoming releases I’m excited about

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    1. I used to view my TBR quite rigidly, although I am primarily a mood reader. You’re right, if it wasn’t for Goodreads, I would probably forget about the books I would like to read!

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  3. My TBR list is a disaster. It currently has around 400 books on it. Yeah, I’m never going to read all those. That’s why I don’t keep it on Goodreads. I mostly use the list so that I can keep an eye on fluctuating book prices. If something on the list goes on sale, I grab it.

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  4. i feel like i have so many books on my goodreads tbr (around 200 i think?) that i don’t even use it anymore just because it’s so hard to keep track haha. i totally get what you mean by it being stressful😂

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  5. I agree! I’m completely a mood reader, not a scheduled reader. That’s why I only request arcs that I know I’m going to really want to read, instead of requesting things that I’m only mildly interested in? TBR’s can definitely be really pressuring for sure!

    julianna @ paper blots

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  6. I mostly add books to my Goodreads to-read list if I think I will forget about them. I don’t add classics typically, for example, because I know I want to read more Charles Dickens. This works well for me because I can scroll through my list and find books I put on there three years ago and think, “Yes, that DOES sound good!” I read Keeper of the Lost Cities that way. Now I’m obsessed. Past me has good taste. ;b

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  7. I have 243 books on my TBR at the moment. Some of them aren’t out (or even have covers) yet. I also create monthly TBRs. There aren’t a ton of new books coming out this summer that I feel like I must read, so for my Summer TBR I went through my Kindle, physical books I have but haven’t read yet, and books I’d like to read from the library in the near future… I came up with 25 books, and used a random number generator to narrow it down to ten.

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    1. Ah I can completely relate! There are probably way more books that should be on my priority TBR, but I try not to think about it! 😂 Thank you for commenting! 🙂

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  8. I have around 20 or so books on my Goodreads To-Read shelf but that certainly does not reflect the number of unread books I own and don’t own but want to read at some point. I just got to the stage of not really caring what books were on there and simply focusing on my physical shelves instead which is now rather liberating. I’m also a massive mood reader so even though I will mark down books on a mental TBR, I cannot and will not adhere to any kind of Goodreads or popular hype TBR. I find this particularly true with certain classics and more recent releases. I’ll pick up a book at the right time for me and if that’s a few years after publication then so be it. They’re not going anywhere.

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