Ever since I was introduced to the online book community I have loved the idea of setting monthly to-be-read lists. It’s a great way to organise which ones you want to read in advance and to make sure you don’t have too many unread books.
Yet for me there has always been a consistent pattern each time a new month comes and goes: I never end up sticking to them.
As someone who is a huge fan of making lists I thought this would be perfect for me! That feeling you get when you get to tick off tasks that you’ve done can at times be more satisfying than the actual task – so why doesn’t it work for me with books?
The main issue I seem to have is that I’m extremely indecisive when it comes to picking what to read. I’ll say one time that I’m going to read a certain book next but when the day comes I’ve lost interest and want to read something else. It’s almost like I’m jinxing myself! Even my love for routine can’t help me with this dilemma.
I don’t like to say that I have too many books because I want to believe that’s not possible. Although I do tend to feel overwhelmed when I look at my bookcase filled with over 100 books and wonder where to start! There’s the ARC shelve and the Harry Potter shelve with the rest organised by colour, height then alphabetically to make it aesthetically pleasing to the eye. All I need to do is walk past the bookcase to have a book catch my eye and that’s my TBR list out the window!
The downside to all of this is that I will then be disappointed because I didn’t stay to what I said I would read despite being happy with the books I did pick up instead. Reading for me is a way to escape into another reality, learn something new and relax. What’s the fun in doing what you know doesn’t work for you? Answer: there’s not.
I still read some amazing books and I get to have a nosy at what everyone else is reading so all-in-all I’m not losing anything from not setting myself a TBR list each month. I know that it doesn’t work for me and that’s okay.
Do you set yourself a monthly TBR list? How do they work for you?