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Are TBR’s necessary to be a book blogger?

“Wind howled through the night, carrying a scent that would change the world.”

First line in Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Hi, guys and welcome to another Let’s Talk Bookish post. Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme created and hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books. Each week we discuss a new book related topic and this week we’re on the topic of TBR’s. The specific question is whether TBR’s are necessary to be considered a book blogger or a reader.

I will start off by saying that the only thing necessary to be considered a book blogger is that you talk about books. Nothing else. In what way or how much you do it are solely your own choices. Therefore, no, TBR’s are not necessary to be a book blogger, but they can still be convenient.

If you’re able to stick to your monthly TBR (more or less), I think it’s a great way to let your followers know what to expect on your blog. Personally, I like to look forward to a review on a book I love because I’ve seen it on someone’s TBR. That also means, of course, that it can be frustrating for your followers if you post a TBR and then don’t stick to it at all. I know that I don’t like reading monthly TBR’s that include 20 or 30 books, because I know they’re not going to read all of them anyway.

I don’t post monthly TBR’s myself because I never know what I’m reading, and it would stress me out too much to try and stick to it. For me, seasonal or maybe even yearly TBR’s work better.

Posting about your TBR (not necessarily monthly) could also just generate some buzz around those books. Through your comments you can find out what other people think of them and find out which ones your followers look forward to your review of the most. It could help you pick out which books to read first if you care about that sort of thing.

That was it for me this time around. Do you think TBR’s are necessary? Or do you find them too restricting? If you’re someone who do monthly TBR’s, let me know why.

8 thoughts on “Are TBR’s necessary to be a book blogger?

  1. Of course they aren’t necessary and I don’t create post around them. Here is why I have one. I have found that like wish lists on Amazon and other stores, when I have money to spend, having a TBR keeps me from buying books at random and aimlessly. Instead I know I have books I haven’t read yet and don’t have this fear of forgetting other books I want to read because my TBR is always there.

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    1. Agree. Wish lists are very convenient in that regard. I also only have a TBR on Goodreads so that I don’t forget books. My memory is not capable of remembering 100 titles. I imagine most readers have that but as you say, it’s not necessary to create posts about them.

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  2. Thanks for taking part again!! And I totally understand the pressure of keeping a TBR, and at first that’s what I thought and for that reason didn’t have one. I didn’t want to say that I would read xyz books, and then end up not doing so because it didn’t really seem fair? But this past month, I had a TBR and I’m really happy to say that it actually helped me read more than normal, and I got through most the books, so I’m pretty proud of myself. But as with everything, TBR’s have their downsides as well.

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    1. Interesting to hear that a TBR made you read more. It’s so far from my own experience with it, so I’m always impressed with people who manages to read all their planned books. So I agree – you should be proud of yourself!

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