Let’s Talk Bookish – Are TBRs necessary to be a reader?

Hello my friends and welcome back!! As you already know, it’s time for Let’s Talk Bookish. Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by me, where we discuss chosen topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.

Today’s topic is: Are TBRs necessary to be considered a book blogger, or reader? (suggested by Heran @ Be Frisky)

Many thanks to Heran for suggesting!! This is definitely an interesting topic because I thought that everybody had a TBR, and that it was one of those things that you just had to have as a reader.

First off, obviously no. You don’t have to have a to-be-read shelf, or list. There are benefits to having one, but nobody can force you, or say that you are not a reader if you don’t have a TBR. It’s simple: live, and let live guys.

Are there pros to having a TBR? Yes. Definitely.

They can help you keep track of all the books that have piqued your interest and give you a wide selection when you aren’t sure what to pick up next. It’s also kind of important sometimes when you’re doing tags, or TBR posts, or whatever, and the question asks you to find xyz in books from your TBR.

Are there cons to having a TBR? Yes. Absolutely.

This seems to be a problem for a lot of people. They add A LOT of books (think several hundreds, and thousands) to their TBR, and they really do want to read all of these, and then they have this mountain of books that probably sticks out into the great Milky Way. This can either discourage them and they never plow through it, or they actually push through and start making headway. But then a new book comes out, and they have to read it, and a friend recommends another book here, and you get another ARC there, and they end up back at square one.

It’s a blessing. And a curse.

In conclusion, if you don’t want to have a TBR, that is your choice, and people should respect it, and it doesn’t mean that you are not a reader or blogger.

This Week’s Participants:

Line @ First Line Reader | Jane @ Blogger Books | Aria @ Book Nook Bits | Vicki @ Diverse Fantasy Reads | Evelyn @ Evelyn Reads

That’s it for this Friday! You can expect a post sometime this Sunday with November’s topics, and it will also be available on the Let’s Talk Bookish page.

Do you have a TBR and how many books are on it? Do you plan on actually pushing through and reading all the books on there? Do you think TBR’s are necessary? How was your week? Chat with me in the comments below!

24 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish – Are TBRs necessary to be a reader?

  1. I agree one hundred percent!! Though there are some readers out there who can perfectly stick to a TBR, I just can’t. There’s something about planning my reading that just sucks all the fun out of reading. I literally made a five book TBR for myself in JULY and I’m still making my way through it :(( So yeah, TBRs will never work for me, and they always backfire. (not to mention that I always add way too much into mine when I already know that I’m a slow reader haha.)

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    1. Yeah, it isn’t easy being a mood reader. It does kind of feel constricting when there are specific titles picked out that you plan to read (It was one of the reasons why I didn’t want to do a monthly TBR before). But, for me, I think having a TBR helps cause I had one for October, and I’ve read all of the books on it, except for one so that was a surprise. I think it’s the first time that I’ve read over 10 books in one month also, so yay!

      Aww, good luck with getting through it!

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  2. I definitely agree with all the opinions stated here ! For me personally, I love TBR’s. If I don’t put a book on my TBR list on goodreads I forget the book hahah. If I change my mind about a book and suddenly feel like I don’t want to read it, I delete it from my list. It’s as simple as that. Sure, sometimes my huge list stresses me out, but in the end I need my TBR πŸ™‚ It’s all about controlling the number on the list as @Dedra mentioned πŸ™‚

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    1. Haha, yeah, that’s happened to me too. My problem is that the very thought of going through and cleaning out my TBR stresses me so I procrastinate…and then never do it πŸ˜‚ Yeah, you have to find the right balance, and TBRs are important for some readers.
      Thanks for reading and commenting Syl πŸ’š


  3. I agree with what you’ve said – there are both good and bad points to having a TBR. The worst is definitely the pressure. I actually try not to look at mine as it stresses me out πŸ˜… I don’t think you need one to be a reader but it’s definitely helpful. I made mine basically so that I wouldn’t forget any of the wonderful books that I’ve heard about so I love it for that. I just need to remember that it’s all things that I want to read and isn’t any kind of ‘to do’ list or chore.

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    1. I’m so glad my TBR is online so it doesn’t really sink in for me that 263 books is a lot…if it was physical, I’d definitely be stressing πŸ˜‚ It really is super helpful for keeping track of books that you’re interested in. Lol, good luck and I hope you enjoy reading them!

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  4. I do have a huge tbr–physical books and on my Goodreads–but I try not to let it be this big thing that hangs over me. On Goodreads I have a shelf that’s called ‘interested’ for my tbr books. And I try to go through that shelf once a year and get rid of anything I’m no longer interested it. I also do that with my physical books as well. That keeps the number from getting too crazy. ;). Great topic!

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    1. I try to focus on reading books, not worrying that my tbr is growing larger everyday as well. I also have a similar shelf called maybe-tbr, that I use when I’m not sure if I really want to read the book. It helps to keep the number from growing too big (but now I have like 35 books on my maybe-tbr and I keep adding to it πŸ˜‚)
      Thanks for reading πŸ’š

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  5. Interesting topic πŸ‘Œ

    I think carefully before adding a book to my tbr. Like, do I really want to read this or do I like the sound of it or what?

    And I only add the first book of a series that I want to read. So in that way, it brings my number down.

    I also enjoy going with the flow and picking up a random book from time to time. It all just depends….

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    1. Yeah, I try to pick books that I really want to read, and if I’m not sure, I have a label called Maybe-TBR and I dump the book there for the time being. If I go back later and don’t want to read it, I can remove it, or add it if I still want to read it.

      Yup, it depends on a lot of different things. Lol, and sometimes, following the hype can be good and you can find a new favorite book πŸ™‚

      Thanks for reading and commenting!


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