Discussion: Monthly TBR vs Immediate TBR

Alright, so I’m going to forewarn all of you. This post will probably be all over the place. This is more of a rant for myself than anything else.

I’ve been trying to decide what would work better for me. I generally stick to monthly TBRs (at least I have been recently) but sometimes I just want to go outside of that.

So, only option I was thinking was to do a monthly TBR still but make it larger than needed. I wouldn’t pressure myself into reading all of the books because I made it over ambitious on purpose so that I have more options.

Another option is to stick with monthly TBR again except only count books I “have” to read. So in other words, ARCs, book club books, buddy reads, etc. Then I would know what I have to read, get those out of the way and have the rest of the month to read whatever.

And that leads to the next option. The immediate TBR. In other words, books that I’m most excited about.

I’m recently trying to change how I read series. I want to collect the entire series before I even start it. The only exceptions to this would be large series. Then I’ll start out with the first couple and go from there if I’m enjoying it.

But by reading my series this way, I’ll be able to read standalones during the time of me not having the series to read. I’d have to reorganize my bookshelves so I have series together and standalones together but that’s not too hard since I have to reorganize at the end of the month anyway.

So here’s my question, how do you go about deciding what to read? Do you just grab whatever or do you have a TBR?

How do you like it and what are the perks in your opinion? And of course, what are some negatives that you see?

Thank you all for dealing with my little “discussion.” I hope you enjoyed this even though it’s kind of a mess and not really a well done post.


Happy Reading!

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22 Comments

  1. I don’t really have a monthly TBR, I personally feel as if I would be confining myself to those books. It doesn’t work for me as I’m one of those who picks a book up depending on the mood I am in for that split second. The option of posting those that you have to be would be interesting to see, but the ones you’re excited would be just as good. Especially if there’s not a lot that you have to read that month, you could always then name some you’re excited about too.

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    1. That works! I think since I’m starting school in Sept, I’ll just start posting the books I have to read then after I read those, if I have time, I’ll read what I want. Thankfully I’ll still have audiobooks at work.

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  2. I never used to set myself TBR goals for the month but the last couple I’ve set myself out a list with a reasonable expectation. I try to balance out books I want to read that I’ve bought recently with things that have been sitting on my shelf for a bit, and so far I’ve actually been sticking with it. I add a couple of books into a “if I finish” section which gives me a little bit of freedom too. I think your idea of creating a list of the books you have to read is a good one for your situation. Read what you need to read and still pick whatever you want for the rest of the time. 😊

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    1. This whole post seems obsolete since I’m starting school in Sept. But I’m going to figure it all out! Thank you so much for the input.

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      1. I’m sure and I hope so! It’s going to be crazy since my setup for classes is different than normal classes. But I’ll manage.

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  3. I set a TBR each month with all the books I need/want to read. I usually read the ones that I have to read first (ARCs, buddy reads, etc) and the. I will read the others. However if I’m not feeling like reading a particular book that I put on my TBR at the time I will just read whatever I’m in the mood for. Basically my monthly TBRs are just a starting point for me.

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    1. That’s pretty much how it is for me right now. Except this month I didn’t read any of my necessary books first so I’m a little stressed that I have a lot to read still. But not too overwhelming. They all see like quick reads.

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      1. Like I said I set a TBR but I’ve never really stressed over if I get to a book or not. I guess that’s probably because I always make myself read the ARCs first so that gets rid of the stress factor for me.

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      2. Yeah. I mean, it’s not a huge deal if I finish an arc late or not. But I do want to get through my buddy read books. I need a better plan for next month 😂

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      3. Haha. I love buddy reading. I figure a week would be a good amount of time to read a book of any size for me and be able to read other stuff along with it.

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  4. July was my first month trying out a monthly TBR and let me just say that I will never do it again because it was a complete and utter fail. I’m a general mood reader and I tend to choose what book I will read next based on how much I enjoyed my previous read.
    This month I chose books for my TBR based on what was “trendy” and being the most discussed. The only books I actually ended up reading from my list was When Dimple Met Rishi and 13 Reasons Why. All the other books I read were either author requests of ARCs that I decided to put before my TBR in order to make their 2 week deadline.
    All in all, I find TBRs limiting and a bit suffocating for a reader.
    Great post btw! I look forward to reading more from you in the future… Happy Reading! 🙂

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    1. Thanks for reading and commenting!
      I feel like monthly TBRs aren’t for everyone and take “practice.” Looking back, I probably didn’t do very well with my TBRs. Maybe I’ll do a look back at them and see how I did. But this month I think I did so much better. I usually write my TBR on my whiteboard with my calendar and I cross them off as I read them. I think of the 13-ish I wrote, I didn’t read like 5. And that’s because I decided that 4 of them (a series) I won’t read until Autumn/Winter and the 1 I’m reading for Unhaulathon.
      But monthly TBRs definitely aren’t for everyone!

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      1. That’s good though! Everyone reads different! I am a genre mood reader. Like, fantasy right now just isn’t working. But that didn’t stop me from putting fantasy on my August TBR 😂🤷🏼‍♀️

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