Tackling the TBR [4]: August 2015!

tackling the TBR

I don’t think I’ve ever met a book lover who didn’t have an endless TBR. There are just so many amazing books out there! And we all have different ways that we like to work our way through the ever-growing pile. I started this feature back in April with the hopes of building a hub where book lovers could support each other’s tackling of their TBR’s and share their progress. Alas, it hasn’t caught on yet (which surprises me because it is seriously my favorite topic to discuss with other readers) but I’m in love with it so much I’m going to keep posting it at the first of each month, regardless. Here are the feature’s mantras:

Read the best books first.
Life is too short to read books you’re not enjoying.

I live by these mantras and as a result of that the best two years of reading in my entire life. However you put together your TBR for the next month, the goal is to reduce the amount of obligation in reading and increase the fun.

Over the last several Tackling the TBR posts, I’d been utilizing the following method:

1. At the beginning of each month, I select an author from each of my favorite genres
2. I compile all of their unread books onto my TBR Tackler shelves (physical & digital)
3. I pick from that pile throughout the month as the mood strikes me

This TBR strategy took away a lot of the stress I was feeling to get through all of my titles, but now that I have whittled away most of the books from my big series priority authors, it’s time for an adaptation. I also discovered that, while certain authors may be top priority, not necessarily every book they’ve written holds the same weight (authors who cross genres like Ann Aguirre is a great example). Because of this, I found my system needed to evolve to include slightly more variety, hence the new system.

I’m still focusing on the best books first, I’m just changing it to include more authors. My new system is a little less complicated:

1. Identify the titles that take top priority in your TBR.
2. Combine them all in your own Tackling the TBR post.
3. Throughout the month pick from that pile as the mood strikes you.

Here’s what mine looks like:

August 2015 TBR Tackler Shelf:

Many of my all-time favorite authors are on this list, so I know there’s no shortage of good books on my TBR this month. I love officially putting them in the top priority, because it really bothers me having so many unread titles from authors I absolutely love.

Now, I can tell you from experience that this Tackling the TBR experiment is so much more fun and rewarding when there’s more than one person (me) participating. I will still be posting a linky on each post in case anybody wants to play along!

Even if you don’t specifically use my system, feel free to share your versions of how you manage your TBR pile!

Maybe we can help make each other’s systems even better. :)

What books are you Tackling this month?

^Yeah, you totally have to click on the frog to see everyone’s links… wish I had been smart enough to figure that out before now (especially since it says so right on it).

by Niki Hawkes

2 comments on “Tackling the TBR [4]: August 2015!

  1. I like the idea of this. I am currently trying to get through all my books too. For a while I let ARC’s take over and only read them, which is no use since I have plenty of books that I have bought waiting for me. I got a tin and put all the ARC i have in it and choose one for every second book I read, every other book is one I bought and still need to read. Not a foolproof system but it’s getting there :) Good luck with yours.


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