My bookish rambles, November 22nd, 2020: organizing TBRs, and buying books!

We are more than two thirds of the way through November, which is crazy, because there are so many things that I wanted to do this month that I still need to do. But I still have eight days, and will be making the most of the week left of this month. Which means writing until my fingers are exhausted and until my brain melts.

My Bookish Rambles is a feature on my blog where I talk about all sorts of bookish things! I write about topics that I’m interested in, and also answer questions that you all send to me, and write about things you want to know my opinion on.

I originally had this as a weekly thing, on Sundays, which is what I have written in my introduction post, but now, I’m probably just going to do them every other week, and maybe not always on Sundays. really whenever I have lots of random bookish thoughts.

You can always read my introduction post, for more information about this feature!

Organizing and setting TBRs

I am bad at sticking to TBRs. Almost every month for the last year, I’ve made a list of books I wanted to read, and almost every month, I’d read a few of those books… and also veered off and reread some favorites, or impulsively checked out eight books from the library, and read them all in a week.

But what goes into my head when I actually set the TBR? That’s something that I didn’t really think much about in the beginning, but now I try to put more thought into it. When I first started making monthly TBRs, I would just take all of the books that I had physical copies of, pile them up, and say those were the ones I wanted to read.

Now, when I make TBRs, I try to think about multiple things. For example, are there any books that I need to read within a certain timeframe? Those would be review copies, or books I’ve borrowed from the library that I need to return.

I also try and pick a realistic number of books, considering what I have going on during the month. This month, I only set a list of seven books that I wanted to read, because although that’s less than usual, I knew that I’d be spending a lot of time on nanowrimo, and would have less time to read.

The third thing that I consider when I’m making my TBRs is to have a variety of genres, and types of books. I set up my December TBR earlier today, and what I was really looking at was having a variety of books; of different genres, lengths, and also formats.

I started by laying out the physical books I wanted to read, and even there I had longer books and shorter books, as well as different genres; some contemporary, some historical fiction, some fantasy, and some science fiction.

I also thought about an audiobook I wanted to read, and an ebook that I could have on hand, because that is something that I also like having: a variety of formats to choose from.

Sometimes, I really only want to be reading a physical book, and sometimes I only feel like I’ll be able to read an audiobook. Or sometimes I won’t care, and will just decided to pick up an ebook. It helps to have options on hand.

Buying books

So. Buying books. Why did I decide to talk about this topic this week? I really don’t know. But I do have a few things in mind, so here I go answering questions no one asked!

How do I decide what books I buy?

It depends. Sometimes, I’ll read a book that I love so much, and know that I will reread, and I’ll decide to buy a copy, to have with me. Most of the time, I’ll be in a bookstore, and I’ll notice a book that I’ve seen a review of, or I’ve seen talked about, and I’ll want to get it.

Today, I went to a bookstore near my house, and two of the books I got were books that I see talked about everywhere. For example, one of those books is Cinder, by Marissa Meyer. Cinder, the first book in the Lunar Chronicles, is the sort of books that pops up everywhere, that so many people have read and loved. I’ve read the synopsis, and I’ve wanted to read it for a while, so when I saw the copy in the bookstore, I was really excited to get it!

I usually buy books that I recognize, that I’ve heard good things about. Another book I got today was Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares.

Dash and Lily is a show on Netflix inspired by the book Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. The show is really fun, and really adorable, and I really wanted to read the book after watching the show. (Yes I watched the show before the book, but don’t worry. I will read the book.)

So the books I buy I usually recognize from some place or another. From a show on Netflix, to a review on a blog, they all impact the books that I buy.

And I’m not actually going to write more on the books that I buy right now, because I don’t have much more to say.

Wrapping this up…

The two topics I chose were surprisingly fun to write about, and I’d love to hear what you thought of it!

As always, I’d love to hear from you what you though to of this post, and any ideas for topics or questions you have for me that I could write about in my next post!

Here is the link to the google form:

I’d also love to hear from you in the comments, and that is another way you can talk to me!

How do you make your TBRs? How do you decide what books to buy? Chat with me in the comments below!

4 thoughts on “My bookish rambles, November 22nd, 2020: organizing TBRs, and buying books!

  1. I do a similar thing with my TBR – books I need to review soon are definitely prioritized! I’m also a seasonal mood reader so I like to pick books from my physical TBR that I think I want to read during that time of year. I don’t know that I do have a book-buying process to be honest (although I really should), but I would say most of the time I look for it at the library first!

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    1. Nice! I haven’t really ever thought about reading certain books during certain seasons, but I have set aside a few for this winter, so I’m going to see how that goes. I also usually look for books at the library, although if I see a book has fourteen holds on it before me, I’ll probably buy it if I think I’m going to enjoy reading it! Thanks for commenting 🙂


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