This entry is pretty much what it says on the tin – I am not longer committing myself to a monthly TBR.
And honestly? I feel so much better for it.
In the book community world, I see so many TBR piles – monthly ones, challenge specific, etc, etc. And I am so in awe of anyone and everyone who sticks to their TBR pile and reads the entire thing.
Last month that was almost possible for me. I didn’t get one book (Storm and Fury) read from my TBR pile and I felt so guilty. Especially because I ended up reading 12 books in July. And I feel like if I could read 12 books then surely I should have been able to read that one book from my monthly TBR pile?
But I am very much a mood reader.
I think maybe assigning myself one specific book to read a month is the most doable that I can do. But even then I look at the book and go “do I have to?”
Which also brings me to – I am breaking up with review books and advanced reader copy (ARC) books, too.
Unless I find something that one thousand percent intrigues me, or is an author I love, or a sequel to a book I love love love then I just am going to step back and let someone more deserving have my slot.
This year, I started signing up for book tours – which was super nerve wracking and daunting. And I honestly only signed up for the first one, We Are Okay, because I had previously read and loved the book.
So I signed up for a few more. These have been really hit and miss for me. One book I hated so vehemently that I just get baffled when other people like it (again, my issue there). And then there’s been ones were I’ve been =/ at the book contents, but still persisted.
I also requested a few ARCs from NetGalley, too. And. Well. There was one specific ARC that I really should have given myself permission to DNF, but stupidly never. But! One good thing – I will let myself DNF any of the remaining ARCs from NetGalley that I have been granted access to if they don’t engage me, or have content I find questionable or offensive. So, small plus there?
I just don’t like feeling pressure to read something. Sure, most of the time I put books on my TBR pile that I want to read, and will actively try to read at some point, but like I said above – I really am a mood reader, and I’m restricting myself when I choose a TBR pile for a mood I’m in when I won’t be in that same mood for an entire month.
What about you – do you like the structure of a TBR pile? Or are you like me – a mood reader through and through?
Let me know in the comments!