When I started this blog back at the beginning of January I said I would limit my TBR (To Be Read) piles to books that I thought I could finish in a month so I would always stick to the pile, but still have free choice. Actually following my TBR pile as many have said is hard because I didn't know how long any of those books would take. In January I set two books on my TBR list so it was easy to complete. In February I set five books for myself to read. I read 8 books in February so I way surpassed the number of books I planned to read.
Then when it came to setting up my March TBR there was a lot of books I was excited to read Thanks to project Fairy Tale so I again set six books to read figuring I would work my way through the list easily and still have two free choices. I didn't realize how long The Host would take me. Although I have loved every minute I have spent reading The Host by Stephenie Meyer it has really backed up my TBR. I'm not sure how many books I will get read off my TBR for March because the month is almost over.
Here's my question. Do I feel stressed out because I didn't read those books in the timeline I had set? No I know I will get to them eventually and I'm okay with the fact that I didn't get to them. I'm more than willing to read those books in April. Many people say they think their TBR lists limit them. I don't think mine limits me at all because I'm not afraid to deviate from the TBR list. I'm not afraid to read a different book if I want and not finish my TBR list.
The reason I like to plan out what I'm going to read that month is so I have a general idea of what I'm going to be reading. If a find a great book in the middle of the month and decide to read it so be it. My library just got 75 new teen books there is no way that I don't want to check some of those out and see how they are.
Blogging is not my job. It is a hobby. Blogging is the place I come to share my feelings about books and my life that I wouldn't otherwise share. If the TBR list becomes my set reading list I will stop doing them because that is not their purpose. Their purpose is to give me a general idea of what I'm going to read. If I don't get to those books I will get to them at some point.
Let's Discuss. Do you do a monthly TBR list? Do you stick to your TBR list? Does not sticking to your TBR list stress you out?
Tell me your feelings below in the comments.