Tackling the TBR [7]: January 2016

tackling the TBR

It’s once again time for my favorite feature: Tackling the TBR! There’s nothing I love more than picking out which books to read next, and this slightly organized method of reading has really amped my enjoyment to the next level. Bring on the mantras!

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

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.

You may have noticed that this feature (and my blogging presence in general) kind of disappeared over the last few months. I’ve still had a mental tally of the books I want to read each month, but blogging and actually getting to enjoy those books was almost impossible as I did everything I could to deal with an eye strain injury and extreme nausea that came along with my first pregnancy. Luckily, I’m feeling a little more like myself and am on the mend – let the reading/blogging resume!

Here’s a look at how the system works:

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:

January 2016 TBR Tackler Shelf:

There is a great caliber of authors on this list, but I think I’m most excited to finish off the Paradox series with Heaven’s Queen.

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. Does anybody want 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 (and the links to your posts if applicable) in the comments!

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

What books are you Tackling this month?

by Niki Hawkes

9 comments on “Tackling the TBR [7]: January 2016

  1. I hope you are enjoying the Red Queen–it was one of my faves from last year!

    This year I’m trying to do the Rock My TBR Challenge to get my TBR list down. I’m at a place now where I can read what I want whenever I want without due dates or the like so I’m really happy to start the year off like that. I’m hoping to get at least 4 books read from my TBR this month :)


    • Oh thanks! I think the beginning deserves 5 stars easily, but I’m finding myself less engaged as the story progresses… Might be my mood. :/

      I really like your TBR challenge! Is it for books already on your shelf or for a TBR list like on goodreads?
      It must feel good to start out without obligation reading. I’m almost there, but I committed to a couple of Arcs I knew I wouldn’t have time to read (doh!). Good luck with the 4 books!

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      • I get you with the ARCs, I had the same problem as well. It’s just so hard to say no sometimes.
        For my TBR I’m doing books that I have on my Kobo mostly. I read so many books from the library or NetGalley that I forget about the books I actually spend money on haha

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      • Right?! It’s weird too because I feel like I have such a good system for arc requesting, I just got caught up in a moment of weakness, lol. And I totally get what you mean about borrowed books vs bought books – I’ll spend $25 on a beautiful new hardcover from an author I love then let it sit there for months because it doesn’t have a deadline. It’s screwed up haha.

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  2. Good luck with your TBR tackling this month! I’m aiming to start the Paradox series this year. I’ve had the first book on my bookshelf for a couple of years now, so I think it’s about time I get around to reading it.


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