I wanted to come at you all this week with something I’ve been thinking about a lot recently – themed TBR’s! This year one of my goals was to do more themed reads throughout the year. Last year I didn’t do any themed reads/TBR’s at all, and I felt like I ended up really missing out on events like Bingos and awareness months like Black History Month. I have a lot of books that I always intend to read but never find the time for, so sometimes themed TBR’s can be a massive kick up the butt!
However, this year I’m having the opposite problem – lots of themed TBR’s but no time for other books… (the hard life of a book blogger, ey?) For example, if you saw my June Pride TBR it’s pretty much allllllllll pride reads, which there’s nothing wrong with imo, but it does mean that I get behind on my ARCs and owned TBR. I do my best to match up appropriate ARCs and owned books to the theme for that month but it often results in lots of other books getting left behind.
Everyone has a completely different way that they read, plan and blog so I wondered how you all organize yourselves each month? I know some people do away with TBR’s completely which really works for them, while others need to structure their reading otherwise, all hell breaks loose (the latter one is me for sure).
Do you like taking part in themed reads? And if so, do you only dedicate a small number of reads to the theme?
I feel a bit frustrated with the rigidity of my themed TBR’s at the moment but I think a lot of that comes from me getting carried away. Rather than select 1-3 books that fit the theme, I end up orientating my entire TBR around the theme so there’s no room for anything else.
I really loved Wendy‘s brilliant video where she let her boyfriend pick her TBR for the month and would love to try that out. Sometimes I can be really controlling so it would be nice to have someone (albeit someone who knows me well lol) to choose my TBR for me. I’ve also been eyeing up the State of the ARC posts I’ve seen by bloggers I follow which I think would be brilliant to help me tackle that peskily long ARC list I have going on at the moment.
It’s always great to try new things and I think these next few months would be a great time to mix up my style a bit more over the summer!