How I’m Structuring My Monthly TBRs in 2019


Y’all I LOVE goal setting. Like to the point where I have a 12 page google doc of my 5 year writing plan broken down by month (I’m seriously not jokingย ๐Ÿ˜…). I love New Year’s Resolutions, I love monthly goals, I love to-do lists, and I loveย reading everyone else’s goals and lists for the new year!!!

I’m going to try to calm down for the rest of this post but like, no promises ๐Ÿ˜ฌ.

One thing I really want to do this year is be more intentional with my reading. I’m not entirely a mood reader; I don’t really DNF books but I also feel like whether or not I enjoy a book definitely depends on where I’m at in my life at that moment.

I don’t want to get too in-depth into my reading goals because I’m saving that post for next week (which now I’m thinking that might be slightly redundant but that’s a question for future Seal).

Ok anyway (my excitement for this post is making me DISTRACTED but like I’m not apologizing).

I realized this past year that structured TBRs work really well for me. I read about half of the books on my TBR, and I’m really content with that success rate. I like to use TBRs as more of a guideline and most of the time I end up reading the books I miss in the following months anyway.

Like always, I have an incredibly ambitious list so I’m just gonna slide right into it.

2 books each month will be pulled from my TBR jar.

I went through every single book I own that I haven’t read, wrote them on a slip of paper, and stuffed them into a bowl/vase/jar thing. I purposefully did not count how many books I put in there because like, I don’t want to know.ย I love my library but this past year I’ve borrowed like six books from the library and then I go to the bookstore and buy another six books but I’ve been prioritizing reading my library books (probably because they have a due date). This means I’ve been racking up a crap ton of books I haven’t been reading!!

I’ve seen a ton of people do this so I’m not sure who to credit, but these 2 books I pull from my TBR jar have to be read in the month I pick them or I’m getting rid of them.

2 books each month will be a 2019 release.

I’ve realized this year as well I didn’t read a lot of 2019 releases. I read a lot of 2017 and 2018 releases, but I just don’t keep up with new releases that much and that’s something I’d like to get better at. That said, Iย buy a lot of new releases so it’s not like I’m completely oblivious to books that are coming out.

These don’t have to be books I own. They could be library books or audiobooks or ARCs. They also don’t have to be published in the month that I read it. January will probably be the hardest month because I’ll have the smallest selection, but for example in August I could read a 2019 audiobook that came out in June and a 2019 library book that came out in February to satisfy this requirement.

1 book I’ve kept from a Down the TBR Hole.

I’ve been doing this meme/challenge forever now because I love it so much. It’s helped me clean out my Goodreads TBR shelf, but it’s also brought my attention to the large list of backlist books I still want to read.

For this, if I pull a book from my TBR jar that is on one of my TBR Holes then I’ll count it (I don’t mind double-dipping books). If not, then I have free range!

1 book will be a book Iโ€™ve never heard of before.

I had a moment about a year ago when I walked in a Barnes and Noble and was just so overwhelmed by the amount of books that I recognized that I actually didn’t buy anything.

Becoming more active in book communities on the internet for the past couple of years (and working at Barnes and Noble for a little while there) means that I’m constantly inhaling information on books and learning about all these different titles. But some of my favorite books I read this year are books that I hadn’t seen anywhere on the internet and didn’t know anything about.

I feel like I’m missing out n some of the magic of going into a bookstore or library and just browsing and picking up random books to see if I’d like it. For this particular requirement I won’t be adding a book to my TBR post each month because I’ll be going to a bookstore or a library and picking out a book to read on the spot there and reading it within that month.

Less important than the 4 categories I listed above, but I’d ultimately like 1 book each month to be a classic, and continue reading a nonfiction book each month as well. However if these are not as crucial to me than the ones above, but I’ll still include them in my TBRs.

Do you consider yourself a mood reader or do you benefit from monthly TBRs? If you use them, how do use decide which books you’re going to read each month?



7 thoughts on “How I’m Structuring My Monthly TBRs in 2019

  1. Iโ€™ve never actually tried to just read based on my mood. I always set a TBR every month and for the most part I stick to it. Sometimes I read something I didnโ€™t put on it and sometimes I donโ€™t read everything that I put on it but it works for me. Iโ€™m actually afraid to not set a TBR because I feel like I wouldnโ€™t read as much that way.

    1. thanks! feel free to steal it! I generally like to give myself a list of books each month but I usually only follow about half of it, but that works well for me!

  2. This sounds very structured, but still unpredictable enough to keep things exciting! …not that I would know what that feels like. My TBR is 100% structure ๐Ÿ˜‰ But then again, it’s probably much, much shorter than yours.

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