I am terrible at TBRs. I always get distracted by a new book that was sent to me or a hold that finally arrived at the library. I don’t do monthly TBRs because they don’t work for me. I tried one in March and again it didn’t really work for me, but lets take a look at how I failed, and what I read instead.
I had seven books on my TBR for March.
- Save the Cat Writes a Novel by Jessica Brody
- Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes
- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
- My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
- Writing is my Drink by Theo Pauline Nestor
- The Writer’s Journey by Christopher Vogler
- Below by Jason Chabot
Of those seven I finished two and hope to have two others finished before the month is officially over. I also, however, read eight books that were not on my TBR.
From the TBR I read:
The other books I will hopefully be finishing up in the next day are Below and Year of Yes. Look for them in a future post.
Books that I read that were not on my TBR:
Y: The Last Man Vol 8 by Brian K Vaughan ✰5✰
Y: The Last Man Vol 9 by Brian K Vaughan ✰4✰
Y: The Last Man Vol 10 by Brian K Vaughan ✰4✰
Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata ✰4✰
Sadie by Courtney Summers ✰4✰
And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer by Fredrik Backman ✰5✰
The Deal of Lifetime by Fredrik Backman ✰3✰
In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire ✰4✰
All but the last three have been posted in recent reads post throughout the month. The other two should be in a post coming up soon.
If the goal was reading books I enjoyed the month was a huge success. If the goal was to read the books on my TBR, it was an utter failure. I think for the most part I’ll stick to my TBRs with nebulous end dates, like my color coded TBRs. I have six hanging in the nether somewhere waiting for me to finish a book or two to finish them up, but no time table means no pressure and I’m free to read other things in between.
Do you make monthly TBRs? How successfully do you stick to them?