It’s been a while since I blogged last about my TBR, but there were still a few things that I wanted to cover, so today I’m talking about how I decide what I add to my TBR list.
You wouldn’t know it by the number of books on there, but I’m actually really selective about what I put on my TBR list. The past few years have seen less and less being added – not because I don’t think something looks good, but because I have a feeling I’m never going to actually get through the list. And because I mostly limit myself to only allowing myself to buy books that I already have on my TBR list (unless it looks REALLY good), I have less impulse buys – meaning that the piles seem much more manageable at any given time.
But how do I decide what I actually add to my TBR list? It really depends on how I hear about the book – if it’s been recommended to me, if it’s through an email from an author/publisher/publicist/etc, if it’s through another site in the book community, if it’s by an author I’ve recently read another book from, if it’s a part of a series I’m reading… each of these dictates what I look at before deciding whether I am going to add something to my TBR list.
There are very few people who I will automatically add a book to my TBR when they recommend it. (Really, it’s only Rachel, Karen and my mother that I do this for.) Most of the time, though, I’ll research the book on various book blogs to see if it sounds like something I will really enjoy.
Through Promotional Emails
It’s very rare that I will add these books to my TBR list. Often I get emails about books that are completely irrelevant to what I read… or they are addressed to “blogger” or “blog owner” (which means I automatically hit that “delete” button.
Through the Book Community
In this I include both books from other book bloggers (via their blog or Twitter), books I hear of through LibraryThing, and books I hear from publishers websites/blogs/Twitter feeds/etc.
Often if there is a lot of hype in the community, I will skip the book completely. But if there are a few people I trust who have been talking about it, or if the publisher sounds really excited about it, then I’ll look further into what it is. If it sounds like something I would have seeked out on my own, it gets added.
By Series or Trilogy
If I have absolutely loved the first book I’ve read in a series/trilogy, all of the others get added. This happened in the case of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld books (and I have still only read 2 from that series at this point). Most of the time, however, I will only add the next book in the series, and once I have finished that one I will determine whether I want to continue reading the next one, and so on.
As far as series that I’ve loved that haven’t been completed yet, I will often put placeholders for my favourite series, for two reasons. First of all, it means that I don’t have to update the list as soon as the book has been released, second it allows me to add the date it will be released, and I have a very easy place to keep track of upcoming books I want.
When I’ve read a book by an author I enjoy, I will often go out in search of other books by the same author, but that doesn’t mean I will add them all to my TBR list… except in the case of authors like Georgette Heyer, whose books I have a little obsession with. Usually, I will look up the books on the author’s website, and if they sound good I will then look them up on LibraryThing to see how the ratings and reviews are for that book. I will only add the ones that sound the best to the TBR list.
What about you?
How do you determine whether you add a book to your TBR list?