A Novel Experiment

A Novel Experiment #1: Monthly TBR


A Novel Experiment is a new feature of mine where I try some experimental reading over the space of a month or so, and then report back at the end of the month. What is experimental reading, you may ask? My goal is to try different ways of reading, such as reading only ebooks, only one genre, only non-fiction etc, for a month, and then see whether it affects how much and how eagerly I read. Obviously this is not going to be something I repeat every month, but rather every couple of months or so.

For the month of May, I’ve decided to try sticking to a monthly TBR list, meaning I can only read pre-selected books. It’s a good way to get through review copies and new releases, and I was inspired by Amber when she started posting them. It will be interesting, especially since I’m quite a big mood reader.

So what are my selections for May?

The Two Towers Uprooted Black Guard

Insurgent Bone Labyrinth Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Jane Steele Long Way Deep South

That should be enough for now! I’ve chosen these particular books for a reason. They are a mix of Books of the Month for Dragons & Jetpacks as well as a Buddy Read, some books from my top ten brand new books on my shelf, some to fit the DC vs. Marvel Challenge and one more because I can’t wait to read it!

I’ll report back with my progress at the beginning of June! 🙂 Have you ever set up a monthly TBR?


12 thoughts on “A Novel Experiment #1: Monthly TBR”

  1. This month is the closest I’ve had to a set TBR, just because I’m taking part in so many read-alongs that there’s not much room for improvisation if I’m to get through it all! I… don’t know how I feel about it. I’m loving the read-along books, so that’s all good, but historically I’ve always been an impulse reader who didn’t get tied down to lists.

    1. Yes, 5 of these are to do with the Dragons & Jetpacks book group! I’m glad you enjoyed the LotR read-along though 🙂

  2. I have started with making a monthly TBR this year, and it is really working for me. I just get so much more reading done. It somehow gives me motivation to push through when I get stuck at a more boring part of a book. I tried it earlier a few months ago, where I tried reading books with a certain theme (like retellings, dystopian, horror) for a month, but quickly gave up on that. Would like to see how this is working for you.

    1. I’m glad to hear it’s working for you! I’m not sure how the themes will work. Sometimes I do go a long time with only reading one genre, but I’m not really conscious of it – so I wonder if it’ll be different if I do it on purpose.

  3. The closest I get to having an organised TBR pile is when someone else reserves a book I have out from the library! Good luck with your list 🙂

    1. I’m actually feeling pretty good about it, but that’s because I’ve chosen a load of books I really want to read. It might have been a different story if it were just a load of review copies…

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