I like to go through my whole TBR every now and then to route out the books I’m not that jazzed about and take them off the list. I like my TBR to be as short as possible. I’ve realised that a weird mini bout of almost-anxiety grows the closer my list gets to 340. I don’t know why that number. Even 341 would make more sense because I could pretend it has to do with the number π. All I know is I want my TBR to reflect the books I’m most curious about* and to be reasonably tackle-able.
*My TBR tends to exclude many novelty/coffee table/reference books I’m interested in. Those tend to go on my Waterstones wishlist.
Anyway, it just occurred to me that every time I browse my TBR thinking of books I might want to check out next, I always go straight to the last page. I think this is probably common, as those later additions will be the ones you were probably excited/intrigued by most recently. So I thought, instead of always doing that (or simply reordering my TBR to list books in the opposite order…), I’ll try actually using that default ordered list function on the TBR shelf!
And it was a task.
Basically, I went through looking at books I had easy access to first: books I own, books my library has, classics that cost £1 or less from Nook or Kobo. I also considered books I am likely to buy very soon. Those all went to the first and second pages of my list more or less. Then I tried to predict what I might feel like reading soonish. Now, if you know me, you’ll know I’m really bad at following specific reading plans like that, so just think of it as subtle suggestions I give myself.
So. I currently own all of these books (except Sputnik Sweetheart). Generally speaking, comics tend to be unscheduled and will pop up into my reading as well as the occasional short story, but this is what I’m thinking. This is absolutely not fixed, though! I change the order around as I see fit and if this doesn’t happen in exactly this order, I’m not too bothered; it’s just meant to be a guide. I might be misguided in thinking I can put my future whims in order at all, but the process of doing this was bizarrely satisfying.
Do you set yourself specific books to read next? Tried the Goodreads ordered list function yet?