What’s this? A post that’s NOT a review or a meme? You’re probably wondering if you’re on the right blog. But yes, it’s true, I have my blogging mojo back and I have a tonne of things that I want to talk with you about. The first of which being the topic of monthly to be read lists.
Monthly TBRs are huge on Booktube. HUGE. When my channel is actually active, I post a TBR video at the beginning of each month to share which books I’m interested in reading in the upcoming weeks. But I don’t do this on my blog, and I don’t see any monthly TBRs from any other bloggers either. At least, no one is jumping out at me at the moment. And I’m not really sure why this is.
So I wanted to ask you what your views on sharing monthly to be read lists/piles are. Do you think they’re a great way to keep yourself motivated, or do you think people who do this overshare?
I used to loooove doing monthly TBR videos. I love lists, and this was kind of an extension of that. I liked to have an outline of what I would be reading over the next few weeks, and at the beginning of each month I would speed through the first four or so books. But then I’d eventually lose steam.
My problem with creating a monthly TBR for myself nowadays is that after the first week or so, I find my mind and attention wavering towards other books that weren’t on my initial TBR pile. And what I used to do was stick to my TBR pile no matter how I was feeling, leading to me trying to read books that I wasn’t interested in and eventually throwing me into a reading slump. In an attempt to counteract this, by week three I would abandon my TBR completely and slip into free mood-reading. So the monthly TBR seemed a bit pointless.
I have decided that I want to change my methods. I need to do some experimenting to find a balance between my love of planning and my mood reading tendencies. I have a couple of ideas when it comes to the solution, the first of which being switching to weekly TBRs instead of monthly. I’ve seen this mentioned by a couple of other bloggers before, and the idea intrigued me. I think if I were to switch to weekly TBRs, I could still give in to my list-making tendencies, but I could also stay pretty flexible when it comes to my reading. I imagine it would be less draining. This would also leave me with more room to fit in new purchases that I will most definitely acquire throughout any given month.
Another thing that I am considering is bringing my TBR lists to the blog. Like I said, I share my TBR each month on my Booktube channel, and for the past six months or so I’ve also been sharing it on Instagram. But I’ve never done so on my blog. I think if I were to share my TBR every couple of weeks or so, it would keep me motivated and it would hopefully spark some discussion.
That’s enough of me rambling. Over to you.
Very important questions
- Do you think TBRs are awesomely necessary, or a waste of time?
- Do you make monthly TBR lists yourself, and how are they working out for you?
- Would you be interested in reading about other bloggers’ TBRs at regular intervals? (Weekly/bi-weekly/monthly TBR posts)