AKA the longest title ever
Happy Friday, friends! Today I thought I’d share some of my tips on how to make a TBR when you’re a mood reader and don’t like being told what to do. Essentially, sometimes when I make TBRs, I feel like I have to read those books. And because I’m stubborn, I don’t like being told what to do, so if I feel like I have to read a book, I don’t want to.
But, there are some things you can do to make a TBR and follow it, but still have flexibility and not feel like you’re being told what to do. So here are some of the things that I do, and that will hopefully help you!
Make a TBR for a long period of time, like the entire year or the summer
When I do make TBRs, they tend to be for weeks at a time. I’ll do a summer TBR, or a month-long TBR if I’m doing a readathon, or for all of 2019. That way, I can still read other books if I want to and I have a long time to get to the books on my TBR.
Make the TBR shorter than your actual reading goal
For example, if your reading goal is to read 10 books in the summer, make a TBR of five books. This leaves space for mood reads, which is great for us mood readers out there. It also makes it seem less like you have a giant pile to read, because five is way more attainable than ten.
For me, this is probably the most important one. By having variety, you’ll (hopefully) have something to read for every mood. You can also do variety for format of reading, too (i.e. have ebooks and physical books and audiobooks), to cover all your possible reading moods.
Only add books you’re genuinely interested in
I know this seems obvious, but it’s easy to forget sometimes. If all the books on your TBR are books you’re excited for and interested in, it makes you more excited to read your TBR.
Remember: your TBR is a guide, not a prescription
It’s not your job to read these books (unless it is, then ignore that). You don’t need to read the books on your TBR. Nothing bad is going to happen, in the grand scheme of things. It’s okay to not read every book on your TBR, or to only read four out of five. It’s okay.
So those are some tips I have for making a TBR if you’re stubborn and moody like me. Do you have any other tips? Is there anything else I should try? Do you use any of these strategies? Let me know!