A to be reading list, every reader has one. A good bookworm can check all books neatly at the end of the moth, but I never manage to do so … I am that kind of person who handles my TBR-list extremely bad. Every time I add new books to the list, but they always end up never escaping my bookshelf. It is the same story with my monthly wrap-up. I, therefore, make a list of which books I will read in the next month. And as you might have noticed (for those who follow me longer) my wrap-up is always completely different from my last month’s TBR-list. Now I’m asking myself; Why am I doing this to myself?!
Personally, I think it is due to the fact that I am a so-called ‘mood reader’. I’m constantly jumping back and forth in between a ton of books while reading. You will therefore never see me reading two books of the same genre at the same time. When I make a short TBR for myself, I fill the list with books of all kinds of different categories within YA. When I then look back on my list after three days, the order has changed completely, four other books have been added, and half of it has been ditched. How can my interest in those ditched books disappear so quickly?! Two days later the thought arises in my head: ‘Meh, this does not feel right’, and I start making a new list again. As a result, many books end up in the DNF zone, which is such a shame!
Making a TBR-list does not help me to minimize my unread books. I think it’s pretty good if other readers have only a few unread books on their shelves. This seems to me to be a very special feeling, but I do not think I will ever experience such a thing. Meanwhile, my stack of unread books keeps growing and growing. In addition, of course, I also receive review copies, which I am very happy with. These are already in a different pile on my desk so that I know which ones I should read first. At the moment I have about 4 review copies. I always try to make notes while reading review copies. This allows me to write a better review, but taking notes takes a bit more time than a usual reading session. And because I read these books more slowly, my stack keeps on growing bigger.
Now, I have accepted the fact that my TBR-pile is never going to shrink! When I have finished a book, I just pick up a new book that I match my mood. So I feel no pressure on me to keep that TBR-list. In contrast, I have made a larger list of books that are still unread in my closet. No order, no deadlines, just a simple list in alphabetical order.
My name is Julia and I am a freshman journalism student at the University of Utrecht. On this blog, you can read about everything in my life, mainly about my reading and studying adventures. Have fun!
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