This is not so much a discussion post but me thinking out loud, you find me here a lot of times with long ramble posts, talking about my whatever that I am in the mood to discuss.
This month the thing I really wanna talk about is TBR lists or To-Be Read lists.
For anyone reading this who is new to the bookish community, firstly let me welcome you to our side of the woods, this is wonderful community with wonderful people and you will have a great time here reading, discussing and talking books with us.
Second a TBR list, full form To Be Read list, is a list of books a reader chooses based on conditions prevailing at the time, it can be mood based, prompt based, readathon based, etc.
TBRs can be set over any duration of time, most common ones are yearly TBRs set at the start of the year (usually) like 21 Books I wanna read in 2021 lists and monthly ones set at the beginning of every month like monthly TBR.
The other durations for TBRs can be weeklong, day long, etc.
Now setting a TBR is a personal choice, some readers like setting TBRs and some don’t and this is a you do you situation.
From readers who like setting TBRs, their usually answer to why is that they like the structure and like having their reading month mapped out in front of them.
From readers who do not like to set TBR, also called mood readers, their usually answer to why is that they find TBRs restrictive, the pressure reduces the joy of reading and can even put them in a reading slump.
Both points are fair and valid and as I mentioned this is a matter of personal preference, so you find that difference in book readers.
Now why have I created this discussion post?
Well because I am in kind of a dilemma and I just wanted to talk about it, so sorry but you are gonna read my rambles now.
I personally love setting TBRs, well at least I used to, I liked having a structure to my reading and other than Book Club reads, readalong picks my TBR is always crafted based on my mood, which basically means that at the beginning of every month I search my feeling and based on what my heart and gut told me I picked the books I wanted on my TBR for that month.
So I kind of classify myself as a TBR-mood reader, I know it is weird but it is what it is or at least it was.
These past couple of months beginning in March I have not been wanting to set a TBR what so ever, in April however I did but I just didn’t feel like reading those books and in May I have not set a TBR whatsoever
(even though I have a post up on the same and there are 5 books that I have included on it)
This feeling of no TBR is very weird to me since I have always enjoyed setting TBRs, I like having structure to my reading so why suddenly it feels so off is something I have been trying to figure out too (hence this post).
The biggest change in my life recently has been that my days have gone from being extremely unstructured to pretty structured, I am working from 9:30 to 7:30 everyday and bullet journaling has also gone out of the window and I hate that is also making me feel kinda anxious coz I like my bujo though I digress, after work all I wanna do is whatever the hell I want to and having a reading list was not making me feel great anymore, it really did feel like a weird sort of pressure and thus I was kinda feeling disconnected with it.
I mean, I know this could be a temporary feeling and this post could become moot like in a month but at the moment this was something I wanted to get off my chest, so I am.
Ultimately reading is a solo game, read what you want, make as many or as little lists as you want to, do whatever you want to and TBRs fall high into that.
I know what I am feeling is ridiculous, I do not have to justify myself to anyone but I kinda feel like I need to talk to myself about this and there is no better way other than typing it out.
And to answer the question – To TBR or To Not TBR – Honestly You do you.
Are you a mood reader? Or Do you like setting a TBR?
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