When it comes to reading, I’m not much of a planner. Or at least, I used to not be. I’ve known various readers who have a pre-determined to-be-read (TBR) list for the month or even for the next six months, but I never understood how a reader could plan exactly what they were going to read for a period of time longer than a week. What if I don’t feel like reading that book at the time I need to read it? What if I discover a new book that grabs my attention more than the ten books I planned to read in the month? And what if I don’t read what I planned?
This all changed over the summer when I participated in two read-a-thons. If you’re curious about what a read-a-thon is, feel free to check out my previous blog post about them here.
I did the Book Junkie Trials Read-a-thon in the month of July and managed to read a whopping seventeen books in the month! Then in August, I participated in the Magical Read-a-thon: NEWTS 2019 and read eighteen books in the month!!
I’ve never read this much in such a short amount of time, and I think my success has been actually coming up with a list of books to read ahead of time and sticking to that list as much as possible. I knew exactly how to plot out my reading by knowing the length and content of every book. I also had a destination in mind. After I finished a book, I didn’t mindlessly roam until I found another book that caught my interest or left my decision up to fickle emotions. The books on my list were books I was genuinely interested in, and I prioritized just those for the month.
I haven’t found any read-a-thons to participate in for September, but I did find this awesome YouTuber named Codie who creates a monthly to-be-read list using a wheel! Each space on the wheel is a topic and with every selection, she finds a book that fits.
I decided to make my own Wheel of TBR just to see what came up. After having read so many books in the past few months (and with many of those books being smaller), I thought to just go for ten books. Spin the wheel, and let fate decide.
Here were the topics I included. Of course, if you make a wheel of your own, you can include whatever topics you want!
- Young Adult Fantasy
- Adult Fantasy
- Paranormal Romance
- Tome Tackle (book over 500 pages)
- Short Read (book under 200 pages)
- Graphic Novel/Manga
- Middle Grade
- Random Pick– Select a random book from my goodreads list
- Highest Rated – organized books on goodreads by rating
- TBR Vet – a book that has been on my goodreads forever
I used WheelDecide to make the wheel, and I spun ten times. After I got my selections, I made my September TBR list from books on my Goodreads, books I had on my own shelf at home, and books that I’d recently discovered.
These are my Wheel of TBR September Selections:
- Classic – The Last Unicorn by Peter S Beagle
- Non-Fiction – The Completion Process by Teal Swan
- Middle Grade – Beyond the Deepwoods by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell
- Erotica – A Lesson in Thorns by Sierra Simone
- Random Pick – The Story of a Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon
- Poetry – Depression and Other Magic Tricks by Sabrina Benaim
- Adult Fantasy – Sword of Destiny by Andrzej Sapkowski
- Short Read – One Piece #1 by Eiichiro Oda
- Mystery/Thriller – All We Shall Know by Donal Ryan
- Highest Rated – The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
I’ve spent the last week of August gathering these books from the library or by requesting them through Interlibrary Loan. I’m so excited to start with one of these books for the month and see if I can make my way through them all!
Do you think having a set TBR pile for the month would help you read more? Would you make a Wheel of TBR and let fate be your guide? Let me know if you give this a try!
P.S. If you’ve ever wanted to try a read-a-thon of your own, be on the lookout in the month of October. The library is planning something very special!