Thinking Thursdays

Thursday Thoughts (#2): TBR Lists


Thursday Thoughts is an original, weekly meme hosted by Ok, Let’s Read where I’ll post my thoughts on whatever topic is thrown at me. If you would also like to participate, find out the rules by clicking here.


This Week’s Topic:

TBR Lists


My Thoughts:

I’ve never been very good at making TBR lists, because I always fail at reaching my goal. Sometimes I ended up too busy reading books for all my literature classes. Sometimes I even strayed from the list after purchasing a book that looked so good I started reading it immediately. I think my biggest problem is -try as I might- I can’t read more than one book at a time unless the two books are completely different. (For example, I can’t read to fantasy fiction novels, or they’ll start melding together. I can, however, read a fantasy fiction piece while also reading a historical fiction book.)

Because I never finished my TBR lists, I stopped making them. The only one I regularly make now is a “Summer Reading List.” Since I’m usually no longer in school during the summer, I have more free time to read. This list helps me catch up on some of the books I desperately need to get to.


Do you keep a TBR list? Does it help or hinder your reading routine? Leave a comment below.

10 thoughts on “Thursday Thoughts (#2): TBR Lists

  1. I usually make a TBR list for every month. I haven’t been very successful at keeping to them, but I find that it works as a fall back for me. When I create it the books on it are usually the ones I want to read at the time, but I tend to be a mood reader. So if I find that I am not sure what to read next I resort back to the list. I think it also shows my followers what I plan on reading soon so they can share their thoughts or suggestions, etc. But I hope that this month I am actually able to keep to my TBR better!


  2. I’m a total mood reader too, so that’s probably why TBR lists just don’t work for me and so I never use them. If I say I will read something one month then when it actually comes to it I might have changed my mind or no longer be in the mood for it. Usually a read-a-thon or buddy read helps because I have some motivation to actually get to it. Here’s mine, my answer is at the bottom.

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  3. I’m ify about TBR lists. Last year I didn’t make one for June and it worked great. I read 8 books, but once I started College I no longer had the motivation to read a lot and there was no need to because I didn’t have 5 to 6 books on my TBR that I wanted to complete that month so I didn’t read as much the second half of the year. I started making TBR’s again in January and so far it has helped me keeping reading, but on the other hand I have not encountered any bad books this year so I think my TBR list is working. I limit myself to five books. If I don’t finish them oh well. I will put them on next month’s list. I think the whole thing is taking pressure out of the TBR list then it can be fun again. Here’s my post.

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    1. Compared to most, I’m generally a slow reader. Depending on how busy college and work life are, it takes me one to two weeks to read a book…sometimes even three. I never understood how you guys do it. 😛


  4. I don’t keep a strict TBR list either. I keep in mind a few goals though: for instance, I want to read one book from a country I never or rarely read anything from each month. I have a list of “want to read” and I just pick the one that I feel drawn to when the time comes.


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