TBRs are very common in the book blogging community. A “To Be Read” list is something that all readers have. However, in the book blogging world it has come to mean a list of books you are planning to read in a certain amount of time. It’s also a topic that I’ve struggled with personally. So, I thought in today’s Thursday Thoughts I would talk about the pros and cons of creating TBR lists.
- Provides Structure:
- As readers it can be helpful to have some sort of structure when reading. It can be nice to just pick up a book without really thinking. That’s something that TBR lists can really be helpful with. I can pick up a book out of my TBR shelf and just dive in.
- Limits overbuying books:
- I have a book buying problem. I am constantly finding new books that I want to read. However, if I limit myself to only reading books on my TBR list I find that I do not spend as much money on books per month. This definitely helps my wallet.
- Inability to Mood Read:
- I am a huge mod reader. I like to pick up books on a whim. Sometimes I’m just really feeling a fast paced contemporary. Other times I need an intense fantasy novel. I’ve found that TBR lists prevent me from reading books depending on my mood. This makes reading feel more like a chore than a pleasurable hobby.
- Reading Slumps:
- Reading slumps are every reader’s worst nightmare. They can come out of nowhere and make it so that you don’t want to read anything for weeks at a time. Set TBR lists make it difficult to bring yourself out of a reading slump. They also have a tendency of putting me into a reading slump. Altogether, I have a hard time sticking to a strict list.
All in all, I haven’t made up my mind about TBR lists. I go back and forth about it all the time. I don’t know that I will ever commit myself to one side or the other of the argument. I’m just going to go with the flow.