Book Chat: Why I don’t do monthly TBR posts

So you might have noticed that besides my first month on this blog, I don’t do monthly TBR posts. This isn’t a fluke or because I forget. It is a purposeful choice of mine. One I decided on after my first month of blogging.

I made a decision based on three key factors:

  1. Time
  2. Quality Content
  3. Enjoyment

First up was the most practical of the three, time, or more importantly my time and it’s worth. Monthly TBR posts take a lot of time energy to put up and make look good. I have to decide what books to read that month, take the photos, edit the photos, write up the post, chase down the links, etc. And to what end to have a list of books I might read in the next 28-31 days.

Which brings me to the next point, quality content. This is probably for me the most important of the three, I just don’t think TBR posts are quality content. They are at best filler content in my eyes and boring filler content. I don’t enjoy reading TBR’s and maybe it’s my assumption that others feel the same but it seems like a lot of work for filler content.

Finally the most personal of reasons, is I don’t enjoy restricting my reading down to a select few books that I might read. I can read upwards of 11 books a month and as low as 3. I am a mood reader to my core so I want to be reading what I feel like, not what I thought I would like at the beginning of the month. This can be especially true when I get a new book in the mail, sometimes you have to drop everything and read it NOW.

Being a book blogger puts enough constraints on my reading schedule that frankly, I don’t want to add any more. My last real reading slump lasted 2 years, it’s not something I want to experience again.

So even if I could somehow overlook the first factor, and be persuaded that I’m wrong about the second factor, the third factor is the one that matters the most. I don’t enjoy the restriction of monthly TBR’s and they negatively impact the enjoyment I have of reading.

The great thing is that we are all different and don’t have to agree. IF you think I am wrong and enjoy monthly TBR posts there are plenty of bloggers who do them, you should check them out. For me, I will continue to do what brings me pleasure in reading and blogging.

Brooklynne is an American born, Transgender Feminist who adores books. She currently resides in Wellington, New Zealand with her Boyfriend, Best Friend and Dog, only one of whom is not named Ryan. She enjoys all kinds of books and can often be found curled up in a corner with one glaring at said dog who refuses to cuddle.
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3 thoughts on “Book Chat: Why I don’t do monthly TBR posts

  1. Totally valid points! I love writing and reading them, but they’re the sort of post that I always honestly *expect* to get less views/engagement with because I know a lot of people feel similarly to you about them. I just wish I was as good at sticking to my TBR lists as I used to be, lol! Oh well.

    1. Your TBR’s are some of the few that I read because of the way you do them is interesting and I can just casually scan the books you are planning on reading without needing to read a paragraph on each book.

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