Why I Stopped Setting TBRs

Truly, I am terrible at sticking to a schedule.

I make my to-do lists daily and on my phone because I regularly delete and add things. I double-book myself on the regular. I actually list lateness as one of my characteristics.

So it surprises me that, for many months, I have been setting TBRs. Especially considering that, apart from readathons, I don’t think I’ve ever completed them.

I stopped setting TBRs for a similar reason I stopped setting myself reading challenges – because I stopped caring what other people think about my reading.

I was introduced to setting TBRs by the online book blogging community, and whilst I don’t necessarily think they’re a bad thing, I never used to set them before. That makes me feel like I only set them because everyone else did.

The good side of TBRs is that I’m likely to read more, but the downside is that they really stress me out. And another good side is that I read books that have been on my bookshelf for absolutely ages, but I am such a big mood reader that I pick up these books and end up not enjoying them as much as I may because I’m not in the right head space for them.

Setting TBRs does make me excited because it’s another chance to get through the sheer amount of books on my bookshelf, but I’m glad I’ve stopped setting them. For me, it’s much more fun being able to pick a book off my shelf when I fancy it rather than working my way through a pile of books that I wanted to read at the start of the month, but 25 days later are not looking like my cup of tea right now.

I’d love to know what you think about setting TBRs – if they’re something that you regularly make yourself, or if you, like me, have given up on making them!

Until next time,

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8 thoughts on “Why I Stopped Setting TBRs

  1. TBR’s aren’t for everyone, that’s for sure. I personally love them, but I’ve found the way that works for me. I have my monthly reading challenges, but I always make sure to mention some books I really feel like reading, even though they don’t fit my challenge. [Plus, I never commit to reading ONLY books that fit my challenge, so that helps as well.] Making sure I have different genres to pick from helps my mood-reading as well. That way I can still set a TBR, but never feel like I can’t read what I want to. 🙂

    But, like I said – TBR’s aren’t for everyone. 🙂

      1. I had this period of time where I joined every readathon I stumbled upon, haha. Those were hectic times! Now I mostly stuck with my own challenges and the occasional readathon I host with a blogging friend. Always pretty low-key since we know how people hate the pressure that often comes with readathons. 🙂

  2. Nice post. I can definitely see your point – setting yourself too many goals can take the fun out of reading, and it can feel like you’re only doing it for the sake of others. I set myself monthly reading challenges, but I don’t think I’ve managed to complete one once – I do it as a way of motivating myself… whether that is successful or not is yet to be seen, though :).

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