Let’s Talk Bookish – TBR Priority

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May 19: How Do You Decide What Books to Prioritize on Your TBR? (Jillian @ Jillian the Bookish Butterfly)

Prompts: Do you have a lot of books on your TBR (to-be-read) list? Do you always have specific books at the top of that list? Or do you just pick up whatever book you feel like? How do you decided what books to prioritize on your TBR? 

Welcome to another week of LTB here at DTRH, everyone! Today’s topic is from Jillian who is wondering about priorities on a TBR. I’m pretty lax with my TBR, so much so that it is hardly ever even written down, just mostly in my head. Though that being said, I also have my own prioritizations of what to read next, even if my TBR isn’t always concrete.

I don’t have too too many books on my TBR. And recently, knowing my own schedule, my TBR is actually pretty short. However, that being said, I know that if I talked to any bookish friend for maybe five minutes, I’m sure I would have to add five books to my list. Such is the community right? Let me know if it’s the same for you!

I usually have a specific set of books that I want to read at the top of my list, and that is kind of what forms my “TBR.” It will usually be books from different genres or different suggestions from friends. Or more likely it will be something I want to read personally, versus the things I have to read for a book club or a review, etc. Not that they’re like obligations to me, but there is something to the way it’s prioritized when other people are also waiting for me to read it.

I generally do just pick up whatever book I feel like though, because who wants to read something they’re not really into? I will try and put off books that I “must” read until I am feeling it, and usually that will still be on time, so I haven’t run into too many problems there, luckily. Reading is one of my favourite hobbies, and I would hate to diminish my enjoyment from it by forcing myself to read books that I didn’t really “feel like” reading. Of course, inevitably sometimes that will be the case, but I try my best not to have to force myself to read anything! (Don’t we do that enough for school?!)

I guess I gave away the answer to the last prompt, which is really that I just go off feeling for what I want to read. If it’s a series, I will generally try and finish the series. But assuming there are no tight deadlines, I will make sure I read all the books I want/need within that timeline, and just read them in whatever order. I used to never read multiple books at a time, but now I find myself doing it occasionally, just to make sure I’m always enjoying what I’m reading. Does anyone else relate with swapping books on a whim purely because you feel like it? Let me know in the comments below!


4 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish – TBR Priority”

  1. Pretty much how I go about too- depending on my mood at the moment.
    What im wondering is how you keep track?! I fear that if I wouldn’t devide my shelf between read and unread I wouldnt even know what I have 😂🤦🏽‍♀️

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    1. I tend to just “remember” what I’ve read, but I also have my goodreads and storygraph that I use to record what I have read just in case I’ve forgotten. Also writing reviews helps me to remember more clearly what I’ve read too! But dividing your shelf between read and unread seems like a great idea anyway!!

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