If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you might remember this post about my big book TBR.
I’ve read ONE book from that list (IT – Stephen King), and that blog post is two months old. However, I have not read that much during this time. Three books to be exact.
So, why I can’t stick to a scheduled TBR?
I’m a mood reader
I usually let my mood pick my book. So even with a scheduled TBR it’s really easy for me to stray from it. I absolutely love books with a heartbreaking story, and because of this I usually read a fluffy book after I finish it. And after a though read, it is not that compelling to pick up a chunky book like these on my TBR currently.
I’m a spontaneous reader
This goes hand in hand with being a mood reader. If I read a good review or see a book frequently feature on bookstagram/goodreads I will with 99% certainty buy and read it. Instead of sticking to the books I already got.
I almost always prioritize my newly bought books.
When I buy new books, which happens every month (no shame) is that I want to read my new crisp books as soon as I get the chance. However, since I buy books quite frequently some of my new books are still unread on my shelves.
I easily “get stuck” in series or genres.
This is literary my worst enemy. I should never ever start a new series when I have a scheduled TBR of some sort. I started reading A Court of Thorns and Roses a while back. And instead of reading the books I’ve been wanting to read and set aside for this summer, I’ve been reading that series. I’m now on ACOWAR. At least these books are over 500 pages (roughly) so they’ll count for my reading goal this year. But, I’m a bit disappointed with myself for not sticking to my big book TBR.
This is also a factor. The last months my reading has been slow and I haven’t felt as driven to read books as I usually am. And because of this, I do not want to pressure myself to a strict TBR. I tried to read Wolf Hall after I finished IT, however, I got about 20 pages in and felt it to be a bit to slow for my taste at the moment and did not finish it.