Let’s Talk Bookish: Prioritising TBR Books

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme that was originally created and hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books starting in August 2019, and was then cohosted with Dani @ Literary Lion from May 2020 to March 2022. Book Nook Bits has hosted since April 2022.

Had a little bit of a blog break as the last thing I could get scheduled before going away for a few days was Top Ten Tuesday, and though I’ve been home since Monday, I didn’t want to push myself too much and stress about getting posts up for Wednesday and Thursday. So yes, I am back, and returning to regular scheduling as of now!

May 19: How Do You Decide What Books to Prioritize on Your TBR? 
(Jillian @ Jillian the Bookish Butterfly)

Prompts: Do you have a lot of books on your TBR (to-be-read) list? Do you always have specific books at the top of that list? Or do you just pick up whatever book you feel like? How do you decided what books to prioritize on your TBR? 

I do have a lot of books on my TBR, both physical and digital. I’m usually quite good at not buying books, but I usually still end up with some anyway, and it’s hard to keep the TBRs down! Specific books at the top really depends. I recently logged my physical books on a spreadsheet, so I could more easily see what I wanted to read next. For physical books, I’m prioritising arcs at the moment, but I’m also trying to work through a lot of the older books I’ve had for a while!

With the digital books, the majority of these are NetGalley books. I do try and prioritise future releases, but at the same time I’m clearing through my backlog. I don’t always follow the same rules for picking out my next book, and if I’m not reading a future release, I’ll likely look for something on the shorter side, or one of the oldest books on my TBR.

Largely, I do tend to pick what books I feel like. But since I’ve been doing reading challenges this year, I’ve been planning out my books more. I’ll read a challenge book, then have a look at my NetGalley TBR to see if anything there catches my eye! Like I said, I do try and prioritise future release books, but sometimes the ones coming out in the next couple of months don’t sound all that interesting to me in that moment, so I’ll switch to something else (shorter or older books, usually) instead. If I’m not in the mood for a particular book, I won’t enjoy it as much as when I am in the mood for it.

Reading Challenges have helped me on prioritising books, too – when I’m planning out my next books for the prompts, I can look to see if any of the ones I feel need to be read sooner rather than later might fit that prompt! It’s come in really handy, especially as I mix and match between Audible titles, NetGalley arcs, physical books and purchased books on my Kindle.

So yeah, mainly I prioritise through planning out my reading challenge books, then between reading them I give myself a ‘freebie’, whatever book catches my eye, though I look for these in a particular order, to try and clear both upcoming releases and backlog books.


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