Today’s Musings post is something I’ve been thinking about a lot, in a rather abstract “my TBR list is out of control and yet OOH NEW BOOKS” way. Most likely I have been thinking about it specifically because I’m not doing a lot of reading, so I’m not ticking a lot of books off said list, and yet I just keep finding new ones to add to it. As you do. Or I do. And I definitely do.
So, let’s talk about TBR Lists, shall we?
First off, I shall direct you to my Goodreads to-read list, which stands at a ridiculous 991 titles. Now I know full well I am never going to read all of those books. It just isn’t going to happen. And probably, I should take some time to go through it and get rid of titles that I’m not actually interested in reading any longer. But even doing that, the list will still stand at a rather staggering number, and while a part of me is sad that I’ll never get all the books read that I want to read, I do kind of like to keep track of the books that struck my fancy at some point or another. Probably because I am a list person at heart, so that particular feature speaks to me on a personal level.
And yet, should I really be adding books to said list that I know full well I’m not ever going to get around to? I mean, interests and tastes change as you grow as a person, so something you wanted to read five years ago probably isn’t actually going to be something you’re going to pick up now. Or at least, that tends to be how I roll. I also have a rule of only adding the next book in a series I’m reading to the list, and not all the subsequent books, unless I already own them (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, I’m looking at you, even though book two was such a disappointment that I’m thinking I actually don’t want to read them). This helps keep the number of books on the list smaller, but it isn’t REALLY smaller, because I’ll just be adding them as I get time to read them. So we’re right back to the whole “my TBR list is ridiculous” issue.
Of course, all of this refers to an overarching, huge, massive TBR list that probably all avid readers have. So let’s talk about something I see a lot around the blogosphere – and that I’ve actually started doing myself – and that is Monthly TBR Piles/Lists. I’ve talked to a few of you who have stated that you don’t have TBR lists, because you’re a mood reader and would never be able to stick to it. I fully commiserate with this, because I am the same. However, I have library books and galleys that I need to read/want to read, so to some extent there is a certain “list” quality to what gets read each month. (And talk of galleys and how you balance them out is a whole other topic that I shall save for a different date. Suffice it to say, it can be overwhelming and – if you go on a requesting spree – turn into something you’re forced to do, which isn’t fun for anyone. But I digress.) I will typically look at galley release dates and try to schedule the book in at some point prior to that date. Library books can be renewed – unless they’re new and have holds on them – so I will typically renew them several times before actually getting them read. And then there are the new releases that might have caught your fancy that you need to read in a fairly timely manner to avoid spoilers.
Which basically turns itself into a TBR list. Or at least, that tends to be the case for me.
So, here’s a question for those of you who say you don’t make lists. What do you do with your galleys/ARCs? Do you schedule them in? If there’s a new release you’re super excited about, do you sort of schedule that in? What about library books? Or do you just have such an assortment that you have a built in variety that keeps you from falling into a “I have to read this right now” mindset in an “ugh” way instead of a fangirly, fun way?
For me, I like the list. I’ve already established that it just sort of does something for me; I like creating lists even if I don’t follow them exactly. I also like seeing which books I really need to try to make time for, and having it in a list makes it organized and easy. And also I just have a thing for book stacks and pictures of said book stacks, and a TBR list post is a perfect excuse for those. Ha.
So hit me up! What are your thoughts on TBR lists? Do you create them? If so, do you stick to them? Inquiring minds (namely me) want to know!