Let's Talk Bookish

Let’s Talk Bookish: Are TBRs need to be a book blogger/reader?

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, created and hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books, where we discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts. Posts are written on Friday’s.

This Friday’s discussion the question is do you need to have a TBR to be considered a book blogger/reader?

First, for those of you who might be confused. TBR is an acronym meaning To Be Read. Many readers have lists of books that they really want to read, but haven’t yet had the time. Hence, the creation of TBR list.

Secondly, the very simple answer. No, absolutely not. You don’t need a TBR to be a book blogger/reader. Your book blog is whatever you make it and if you don’t have a TBR and aren’t worried about it then its not a big deal. Most book bloggers want smaller TBRs so if you don’t have one then you’re already ahead of the game.

Why it might feel like you need a TBR

So, this question really threw me for a loop if I’m honest. I feel like my answer is the obvious answer, but as I continued to think about it I can see how someone could really wonder about it. The book blogging community talks A TON about TBRs. It’s a uniting force within our community, because most of us have them. There are even reading challenges based specifically on getting your TBR list under control. I can see if you’re someone with no TBR to speak of that it might seem like you’re missing something. However, outside of bonding over the length of your TBR or similar conversation you’re not missing anything. You are still a very valid reader and blogger TBR or no.

If I don’t need one why are they a big deal?

  1. Community. As I mentioned before the book blogging community really seems to bond over TBRs. It’s nice sometimes to know you’re not the only one obsessing over book or have a large stack of unread books on your shelf especially if you have friends that aren’t big readers.
  2. They help people remember the books they want to read. As a book lover I want to read SO MANY BOOKS. I don’t have time or money to purchase all the books that I’ve seen that I think I would enjoy, but a part of my bookish heart dies at the thought of forgetting about a book that I was once so excited to read. That is why I have a TBR via Goodreads.
  3. People enjoy lists. There’s nothing more satisfying then making a list or setting a goal then getting to cross off a line of it as often as you can. While a small fraction of the reason I have a TBR it is nice to get that feeling of success not only from having read a good book, but also being one step closer to reaching your goal of books you’d like to read.

So, in short if you have a TBR that’s cool, but also if you don’t that’s also cool. You are still a reader and a book blogger if you don’t have TBR. I applaud your restraint at not hoarding books like a possessive dragon.

So, what do you think? Do you feel like you need to have a TBR to be a valid member of the book community? Do you have a TBR? I look forward to hearing your thoughts.

6 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: Are TBRs need to be a book blogger/reader?”

  1. You definitely don’t need one. I’ve given up on TBRs for my blogging and honestly it has made no difference whatsoever. I’ll admit that I’ve written all my books down in a new book/reading journal so I can keep tabs on them for blogging purposes (monthly wrap ups, ratings and so forth), but I rarely look at a list to tell me what I need to read. This could just be me, but I think a TBR also creates a sense of necessity to reading rather than wanting, which takes away the enjoyment of stumbling across that right book at the right time. I still have quite a lot of unread books on my shelves but I’m the kind of reader who likes to let a book jump out at me at the right time, rather than say I will read books x, y and z because they’re at the top of a list.

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    1. Yeah, I see what you mean. It can definitely feel like you have to read a book if you put it on your TBR rather just picking a book that you want to read at the time.I guess it just depends on how strict you are about your TBR. I have a decently sized TBR, but it never stops me from reading something I would prefer to read whether it’s on my TBR or not.

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  2. Thanks for participating again Vicki 💖 Also, I completely agree about it being unnecessary to have a TBR but I understand why everyone would have one, or think it’s necessary to have one. I’d also feel horrible if I forgot a book I was excited to read, and with all the new releases constantly coming out, it’s pretty much impossible to keep a list in my head, so online TBRs are so helpful that way. It didn’t even occur to me, but you’re right, there is definitely an amazing feeling when you cross off a book from your TBR as read and to see that list grow smaller 🙂
    Great post!!


    1. I agree that it is a bit of a funny question. I think most readers do have a TBR stack. Mine is getting a little crazy, but I can’t seem to stop buying them. 🙂 I still admire those who have the restraint to buy one at a time or utilize the library more. Thanks for commenting!

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