As a blogger your TBR list is basically your life line.There are thousands of books published every year and there is no way to physically read everything you want to. You have to pick and choose what to read and when to read it. You have to give books priority and put some on the back burner. It is a constant struggle every month trying to decide what to read and what can wait.
Many moons ago when I was co-blogging I used to write out a specific list for what looks I planned on reading and I would read them in that order. At the time it worked for me and saved me the trouble of having to make the hard decisions on what book to read next. I gave that up when I started blogging solo and kind of went by the seat of my pants. But times changed and my TBR list got more and more out of control so I tried again in May. I wasn’t all that successful as I only read some of the books that month.
Trying to come up with something that would work for me I noticed Gail from Ticket to Anywhere did a list but it wasn’t a strict list with titles. She decided to do categories and it was something that worked for her. By not putting a requirement on a title she gave herself the freedom to still pick a book and just have it fit in a broader grouping instead of being specific. Taking a page out of her book I gave it a go in June and it was pretty successful for me. I was able to read 8 out of 10 categories.
Still trying to figure out what worked best for me I took another course of action in July. This time I went with publishers as my category. My theorizing behind this was that I sometimes find myself not giving the attention to some publishers that I should be. I figured this would help me get that focus. Sadly it didn’t work as well. Sure I read 8 books again but this was 8 out of 13 so I’m not sure this is the right course for me.
August I did something a little different and I combined the categories I didn’t fill in June and July to see if I could knock those out of the park. As you can see I was mildly successful. I ended up reading 9 books and finishing all the categories but I got more into New Adult books in August so I had to bend my list to fit what I read. Not ideal as I was trying to fill categories but further showed my experiment on using publishers as categories was definitely not a good one at all.
After 4 months of trial and tribulation I decided to go back to what worked best for me in June but makes things even broader and to include my new found love for New Adult books. I have a good feeling about September and the categories. I know I will be slowed down some by Queen of Shawdows release today since it is a big book, but we’ll see how it goes with the other categories.
How do you decide what to read next? Do you have a method for picking? Are you a mood reader or do you go by a strict list? Share in the comments!