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

August 27, 2019

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.

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  • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 1, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    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.

    • Reply Brooklynne Michelle September 2, 2019 at 11:59 am

      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.

      • Reply Destiny @ Howling Libraries September 13, 2019 at 5:50 pm

        Oh, that’s actually really awesome to hear! I promise I wasn’t looking for compliments on them or trying to disagree with you but I just saw this comment and it was so nice, thank you! <3

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