DISCUSSION: Why I Think That TBRs Are BS.

Hello everybody! I hope that you are all enjoying this long Easter weekend, whether you are religious or not.

Today I thought I’d share my feelings about TBRs, and I would welcome any opinions that you guys have too. So, please feel free to comment your thoughts on TBRs because I would love to hear them.

As suggested by the title of this post, I think that TBRs are BS. If you don’t know what BS stands for, I essentially think that they are pointless and actually ridiculous in some cases.

The book blogging/bookstagram community is full of talk about TBRs. There are posts about monthly TBRs everywhere. There are photos of stacks of books claimed to be a person’s TBR.

And I just don’t get it!

I don’t understand why people would want to set out a few specific books to read and then stick to those books. I don’t understand why everybody seems to do this. It’s almost like it’s a competition to have as many books to read in a month as possible.

Personally, I am a massive mood reader. I read whatever I want to read, whenever I want to read it. If I fancy diving into a completely different book to what I usually go for, then I will do it.

But most people are actually forcing themselves to read what they’ve got lined up, even if they don’t want to! Because someone decided that you have to have a set of books every month that you’re not allowed to stray from.

Don’t get me wrong, I definitely have a list of books that I want to read at some point during my life. However, I don’t force myself to read these books, and I don’t buy them just because I’ve put them on next month’s TBR.

Maybe it’s not actually like this, but I constantly see people DNFing books or complaining about reading them, just because they felt they had to read them, as they were on their TBR.

I could have got this completely wrong, in which case, I’m sorry for misunderstanding the big thing around TBRs. I just struggle to find the appeal in setting out exactly what books to read, and frankly I’m getting bored with seeing so many TBR-related posts.

Thank you for listening to my TED talk πŸ™‚

– Bee 🐝

9 thoughts on “DISCUSSION: Why I Think That TBRs Are BS.

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  1. i understand where your coming from but maybe they like it that way. it really depends on the person. tbr is like a to do list and it helps you keep track of what you should do, for this matter, read. though i get how sometimes we end up dnf-ing bc ‘were not in the mood for it’.

    personally, i don’t stick to TBRs too just like you (news flash: i tried having a tbr but ended up not following it siwjsso) which is much greater. πŸ’•

    anyways, this is such a good discussion post! πŸ’–

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    1. Thank you 😊 I do understand that it helps keep track and stay organised but I feel like it limits the reader in a way. If it helps a person then I’d say definitely keep a tbr


  2. I’m also a massive mood reader and I never stick to TBRs lmao. I’ve made a few tbr lists for Top Ten Tuesday, but those are just books I’m vaguely interested in reading and if I read like half of them that’s an accomplishment considering I never look at that list after I post is

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  3. I feel like I have a middle ground approach. I read around 15-25 books each month. I decide on 5 or 6 that I definitely want to read that month. The rest is mood reading. Though tbh, if I don’t get to all of my goal books in that month the world doesn’t end. I set a goal because I have some classics (or books I can’t believe I haven’t read yet) on my want-to-read-before-I-die wishlist and need to have some discipline/schedule/accountability in order to accomplish that. :). I also love buddy reads and that requires some form of scheduling.

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    1. That’s actually quite a good idea. I may actually do that myself because there are some books that I definitely want to read. Thank you πŸ™‚


  4. I have the same opinion about TBR personally. But i actually know people who find happiness in adding and ticking off books from their tbr. I create some probable books I might read in every monthly wrap up. But I’ve never complied with that or no one’s accused me. It’s become a tradition to me. Wait, i had a point. I forgot it. Nice post bee. Happy reading!!


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