Tackling the TBR [78]: February 2022

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.

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:

February 2022 TBR Tackler Shelf:

Last month I shared my confliction between reading books I had pre-determined has high priorities and other books that have caught my eye lately… well, I decided to try mood reading for a change, and It. Was. AWESOME!

I picked up many things on a whim (several of which came from my pre-determined list, which I’m totally okay with), and had one of the most enjoyable reading experiences in ages. I’m definitely going to continue this new strategy for a while. I’m calling it “structured mood reading” because I’m still taking the time to curate and evaluate my reading list, then choosing from a whim within it. All of the titles you see above are the pool from which I’m selecting my reading for February 2022, and I’m excited for so many of the titles. Even staring at it now, I’m not sure which one will be chosen next to read, and that prospect is new for me and very, very thrilling (take it where you can get it haha).

Have a great month in reading!

by Niki Hawkes

4 comments on “Tackling the TBR [78]: February 2022

  1. Hooray! I love your big selection to choose from and your structured mood reading, Niki! It’s nice to have a stack of options depending on how you feel for the day. :) I’m deep into too many series right now (Novik’s “Temeraire”, Rachel Aaron’s “Heartstrikers”, Anne Bishop’s “The Others” and more), and it’s stressing me out a bit, so for February I’m purposely picking up a few stand-alone novels to ease my brain. “It’s not a series, it’s a fun one-and-done read and you don’t have to commit to it” kind of thought.

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    • Ohh such a good lineup! I get stressed too when in the middle of so many. I think that’s a great strategy to pick some stand-alones. I’ve been also trying lately to treat smaller series, like trilogies, as one long book to read so I don’t get impatient and switch to other ones quite so often. It’s a really cool change of mindset!


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