It’s usually right around this time of the month that I see a lot of fellow book lovers post their TBR for the upcoming month – be it on YouTube, Instagram or their blogs. And every month for a short few minutes I will consider setting up a TBR too and post it but then I realize that I just can’t do it. And I thought I would talk a little bit about why with you guys today!
I’m A Mood Reader
I go into every month not knowing what I am going to be reading – or at least that’s true for 95% of the time. I will have looked at which books are being released in the upcoming months (as part of my research for my monthly New Releases posts) and I know what I have on my shelves that’s still unread. That’s my starting point.
Some months I will have a super anticipated book being released so I know that I want to read it as soon as I can get my hands on a copy (which often ends with me being angry with Amazon for delivering pre-orders a week late) and other months I have nothing that I want to immediately get to which can be quite a debacle because how do you choose??? There are too many options – even on my physical shelves at this moment. May’s book haul was a bit much.
Whenever I feel like picking up a book, I will then look at my options and start reading whatever is the most appealing at that particular moment. Do I want to revisit favorite characters? Great, let’s go for one of my favorites on my shelves! Do I want something light and fluffy? Let’s go for a contemporary! Though to be honest, that doesn’t happen too often. You might’ve noticed that I don’t read too many contemporaries.
I Feel Like TBRs Limit Me
This is connected to being a mood reader, but I still wanted to include this as a stand alone too. I often feel like if I set myself a TBR for an upcoming month I am limiting myself in what I can read. Logically, I know that no one is going to hold me to my TBR and I can pick up something else whenever I feel like it, but I would also want to read what I told you guys I would be reading as some of you might be excited to hear what I thought about the book!
I’ve seen many book lovers set up TBRs and not read what they said they would and they were fine with it and so was their community, but in my own head, I can’t do it. I like knowing that I can just pick up whatever I want whenever I want to. I also feel like I might set myself to big of a goal and then be intimidated by it and not feel like reading at all.
Even when I made a loose plan in April to re-read the first two books in the A Court Of Thorns And Roses series in preparation for the final book I ended up not really feeling like reading those two books which then resulted in me reading almost nothing all month long. And I hated it. It felt like even my loose plan messed up my reading for the month!
I Don’t Like Pressure When It Comes To Reading
Basically, in my own head I see a setup TBR as something that is going to put pressure on my reading and I reject the idea of a TBR because of it. I want to be as free as possible when it comes to reading since it’s a hobby and I want my reading to be about me having fun and exploring new worlds!
I will often find myself reading ARCs pretty much at the last minute because I keep telling myself that I have to read them immediately and that kind of pressure will result in me putting them off for as long as I possibly can. It’s a vicious cycle and I really hate it, but I haven’t been able to break it yet.
Well, technically I read my two most recent ARCs weeks before their release, but the publisher requested that the reviews go up two weeks before the official release date. So it was kind of last minute.
What About You?
Do you plan your reading for the upcoming month in advance or do you prefer going in with no plans at all? Do you feel like a TBR limits you in what you can pick up during the month? How do you feel about TBRs in general and your’s in particular? Let’s discuss in the comments below!