To TBR or Not To TBR


I definitely have a large TBR on goodreads, but I really don’t do monthly TBR’s.  I see so many people that do, so I thought it would be fun to discuss this topic.


For me, I’m a mood reader.  If I set a very specific TBR, I am setting myself up for failure.  It also takes away some of the fun of reading and makes it feel more like a chore at times.


I however do have to make a partial TBR each month.

  • I have arcs that need to be read and reviewed
  • I am joining a group event or book of the month
  • I’m doing a specific type of readathon


Most months I have 5-10 arcs that need to be read, so that fills up a lot of my TBR.  But I like to fill in with other books of my choice in between those.  Sometimes I’ll read something brand new, and other times it will be something I’ve had for a year or more.


Some of my months are pretty much set and I tend to get a bit frustrated at times.  But other months are really easy for me and I can just pick up whatever I want with no pressure to read.




Do you make a TBR?

If you do make one, do you usually stick to it?  Why do you make a TBR?

If you don’t, is there a reason why?  Did you used to make one and quit?


I’m curious to see what everyone does, so I hope you comment below! 

Author: confessionsofayareader

I'm Kristi. I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I have been breeding leopard geckos for ten years. I love to read and have been trying to review more books (the reason for this blog besides wanting to talk about books with everyone). I also love music and going to concerts, mostly punk and pop punk.

25 thoughts on “To TBR or Not To TBR”

  1. I tried to make a TBR each month for a while, and then failed to read the books on the list, reading other stuff. So, I don’t really make one either – except ARCs and books for blog tours.

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      1. Yeah, same here. I went a little out of control with ARCs this month, so I’m going to be a little pickier in July, haha.

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  2. I’m like you a mood reader. So I usually take it book by book. I will however try and read ARCs in between a book of my choice. However if I’m not feeling the first few chapters, I’ll start a new one. I kind of like have a big TBR then I can hover and think about what I fancy next, the minute I pressure myself to read something by a deadline then I don’t enjoy it as much.

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  3. I’m a mood reader as well. This year I have been challenging myself to do some TBR challenges but it doesn’t always work out lol.

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  4. I do TBRs and I’m starting to be a bit more vague on it. i.e. I’ll TBR an autobiography, but not pick a specific one. In my current life situation I’m not reading that much, so my TBRs are small, 3-4 books, and sometimes I don’t even get through that many. Which did make me feel like a failure at first, but I got over it. It’s my reading life, and sometimes I can’t meet all my goals, and I know that’s okay.
    I write them in part because they’re some of my favorite things to read of other peoples. The Wraps up are probably what I enjoy even more, because I can talk to people about what I have read and make recommendations. Which I know I could do without doing a TBR, but I just enjoy planning. Even if I’m going to deviate from the plan.

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  5. I tried making a TBR but it just caused me so much stress. I would want to read books not on my list and I wouldn’t let myself and then I wouldn’t want to read what I had written down. It was just a stressful mess. The closest thing to a TBR I have now are books that I have committed to reading either an ARC or a book for an author.

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  6. I always set a TBR each month because I feel like if I didn’t I wouldn’t get as much reading done as I usually do. For the most part I usually stick to my TBR sometimes I will add something else or I want get to some of them but I usually stick with it.

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  7. I dropped the TBR act. I do have books to conquer too. I thought I could by setting one but like you said it was set to fail.

    However on the take on ARC it’s totally true! Especially when you sign up with blog tours. Haha

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  8. I’m a mood reader, too so I technically don’t have a monthly TBR. But I admire people that have one AND stick to it. I usually don’t. The only ones I schedule in are ARCs that I need to review on a certain date. Otherwise, my TBR is a free for all. 😊

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