Are TBRs Working For Me?

Posted July 4, 2017 by Bekka in discuss / 3 Comments

So for a while now, Alexia and I have been posting monthly TBRs. As the end of June was nearing, I took a peak at my latest TBR post to see exactly how many of the books I read or attempted to read. It was not pretty. To further humiliate myself, I thought I’d do an actual breakdown by month of the books I put on my TBR and see if I read any of them. I’m interested to see if posting a TBR is actually helpful and if I really do stick to my plans. (Probably not.)


january

The Last Harvest – This one I did read, but not until March. Oops.

Dreamland Burning – Nope. We’re off to a good start here.

Crooked Kingdom – I actually DNF this one. It just wasn’t as good as Six of Crows. I will come back to it at some point though.

Beautiful Broken Girls – I still have no read this and it makes me so sad.


february

I did so terribly in January, that I just rolled the TBR over into the next month.


march

The Bone Witch – This one was a DNF. I really don’t remember anything other than the voice not being what I expected and I was in a bit of a slump, with the new baby and everything.

A Good Idea – I did end up reading this one in its allotted month! And I really enjoyed it!

Hunted – Nope.

The Abyss Surrounds Us – This one I started at the end of March and didn’t finish until April, but still.


april

The Abyss Surrounds Us – Like I said, I did end up reading this one!

Queer, There, and Everywhere – I read about half of this and skimmed the rest.

Ramona Blue – All the “discourse” surrounding this on twitter and Goodreads just left a bad taste in my mouth I couldn’t get away from when I went to start this.

The Love Interest – I tried, but the thing is: at this point I was reading mostly eBooks and this was a physical ARC.


may

One of Us is Lying – Nope. I know I downloaded it, but I couldn’t find it anywhere so I had to wait for its release day.

Tash Hearts Tolstoy – I just couldn’t get into it since I was into fantasy around that time.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue – Another yes! I loved this!

Grit – At the time, and now still, I just wasn’t into contemporary books.

The Hating Game – Nope. *shrug*


june

So now we’re here, June. In June I read one of these and DNF another. I had intentions! I was sure I was going to stick to my TBR this time. But somehow when putting it together I forgot all about Pride month?? So I made it a point to read almost exclusively LGBT books (or books written by LGBT creators), with the exception of one small comic. So there are no regrets here.

This brings me to my issues now, when I have to put together my July TBR. I think my problem is that I’m not really putting enough thought into each list. The best example of this is completely overlooking Pride when making a June TBR. My TBR posts haven’t added up at all to what I’m actually reading, but I’m not ready to get rid of the feature all together just yet. So from now on I’m going to be more careful about the lists I put together, and I’ll revisit again at the end of the year and see if it’s gotten better. I love doing these, but if they’re not actually functional, then I don’t really see the point.

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3 responses to “Are TBRs Working For Me?

  1. I don’t do a TBR because it would be filled with unread books. I have started to do a carry-forward, addition and deletion type post, so that books don’t just languish on the TBR forever. And every year, I start over. No carry-overs!

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