Say, you want to have a TBR that caters to you no matter your mood? So do I, and this is how I personally do it.
DON’T JUST BUY ANYTHING
I am selective, If I see something I want, I’ll think about it first. While yes I may enjoy it, I might even give it 5 stars, do I have so many books in that genre at home that it’s going to get lost? And am I even going to read this book in the next two years? If the answer is yes and then no, then I put it back until I know I will buy it and start reading it straight away.
PUT IT ON YOUR GOODREADS SHELF FIRST
It costs nothing and it helps you decide if you actually want to read a book, or it’s just the hype binding you. This also stops you from accumulating a ridiculous amount of books in one genre
LOOK AT YOUR TBR BEFORE BUYING
Consider your TBR, are you buying a YA political fantasy when you have 11 on your TBR of that specific sub-genre? Well then, unless you’re going to read that straight away, put it back. Otherwise it will become number 12 on a long list and you might never actually read it.
SPEAKING OF TBR, CONSIDER ARRANGING IT IN GENRES.
This was a game changer, I knew I had a lot of YA fantasy, but I didnt realize I had 3 shelves full. It also let me see what other genres I have and what I’m lacking. This has made me pick up more from my TBR in the last month than I ever do because if I’m in the mood for a adult thriller, I know exactly where to go. Try it out.
IF YOU WANT TO BUY, LOOK AT THE GAPS IN YOUR TBR AND BUY THE GENRES YOU’RE MISSING
For me right now, that’s romance and contemporaries which I do enjoy to break things up. Because obviously sometimes you just want to buy a book, and honestly there is NOTHING wrong with that! Now, when I go out and desperately want to buy a book (which I normally do at a second hand shop) I will specifically look for titles that might fit into my holes. So I’ll go looking for adult novels and contemporaries at the moment.
Obviously, sometimes you wont follow these rules, that’s normal, but if you do most of the time, you’ll have a TBR full of every genre you read, and whenever the reading bug strikes you’ll have SOMETHING you can consider. At least, that’s how it’s worked for me, and I can’t be happier.