Reasons Why I Add a Book to My TBR

Why I Adda Book toMy TBR

There are so many amazing books out there that it can be almost overwhelming at times. I try to only add books to my TBR that I am truly interested in reading, and I thought it might be fun to share some of the reasons why I might add a book to my TBR shelf. I



This is probably to most obvious! I will look at a book’s star rating and read a few spoiler-free reviews (both positive and negative) before I add it to my TBR. I do take the average rating on Goodreads with a grain of salt because it is so subjective. I think reading reviews from readers with similar readings tastes as me is very helpful. There are definitely a few reviewers on Goodreads who I trust.

Example: The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

Fellow Blogger Recommendations

Sweetpea (Sweetpea, #1)

Since I started blogging, recommendations from fellow bloggers and people in the comments are probably the main reason that my current Want to Read shelf on Goodreads is sitting at 461 books. I love that I am recommended books that I never would have found on my own and it has lead me to find new favourites!

Example: Sweetpea by C.J. Skuse

Gut Instincts


I am definitely a believer in following your gut. There are some books that I come across that stick out to me for reasons that I can not put my finger on. Usually when I end up reading books like this, I really enjoy them. This was the case for both Swimming Lessons by Clare Fuller and The Lonely Heart’s Hotel by Heather O’Neill. They are two books I knew nothing about but I was compelled to by them, and they have become two of my favourite books of all time.

Example: The Silence of the Girls by Pat Barker

Gorgeous Cover


I am not going to lie- I judge a book by its cover! There are definitely books on my TBR that I know little to nothing about but the cover is so stunning that I instantly clicked the ‘Want to Read’ button. I am not ashamed!

Example: The Psychology of Time by Kate Mascarenhas

Author I Love


There are a few authors that I just adore and I will read absolutely anything that they write. These authors include Mitch Albom, Khaled Hosseini, and Lisa Genova, just to name a few. I am also more compelled to add a book to my TBR if I have enjoyed a book by the author in the past. It means that I enjoy their writing style and their characters, so there is a good chance I will enjoy their other books as well. This is definitely not fool-proof because I have been let down in the past.

Example: Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

The Hype


If there is a book that I am not particularly interested in but it seems as though everyone is talking about it and raving about, there is a good chance I will still add it to my TBR. I have found amazing books this way but I have also been burned by this. I have come to the conclusion that I should not give in to the hype if it is a book that I really do not think is for me. I am looking at you City of Bones!

Example: We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson



I have really been in to bookish podcasts lately, particularly the Book Riots ones and Anne Bogel’s What Should I Read Next. They share so many intriguing recommendations and I just sit there listening to them with my Goodreads open. This has been one of my main sources of recommendations lately!

Example: Trail of Lightening by Rebecca Roanhorse

My Buzzwords

Image result for book set in 1920as circus

I am thinking about writing a separate post all about my buzzwords, but there are certain words that if they are used to describe a book make it instantly appeal to me. A few of those words are atmospheric, 1920’s, gothic, circus, and friendship. Is there are book that has all of those things because if there is I need to read it ASAP. I will definitely elaborate more on this in a future post.

Example: Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford


These are just some of the reasons that will compel me to add a book to my TBR! The examples that I shared are books that are currently on my TBR. If you have read any of them, please let me know whether or not you enjoyed them! I would also love to know what makes you want to pick up a book!


32 thoughts on “Reasons Why I Add a Book to My TBR

  1. I add books for the same reasons too. And sometimes it’s because I like a title or think the title sound’s interesting, like the Song of Kali by Dan Simmons. I thought the book title sounded interesting and was glad that the story was gripping and unsettling when I read it.

  2. I totally agree about the hype. There have been so many books that I wasn’t initially interested in but then added to my TBR because I caved to the hype monster. I used to avoid hyped books, but then I end up reading and liking a lot of them so now I tend to give in to it sooner.

  3. Hmm this is interesting. I think I mainly add because of blogger reviews or reading the back cover at the bookstore or because it’s part of a series I am reading.

  4. ooh i love this! i’m a real sucker for the Author I Love one, even though it lets me down a LOT. i’m planning to read Bridge of Clay too just because Zusak is an auto-buy author for me!

  5. Ahhh this is such a great post and I can relate to all of your points here. I tend to add some books to my TBR almost automatically, obviously when they are from an author I love, but also when some bloggers recommend them to me and I know I can trust their recommendations 200%. I also happen to have some key words and things I love to see in books, like sisters and the childhood friends trope, haha, I have a weakness for these kind of books, too 😀

  6. Most of these are my reasons as well! Though I haven’t looked much into book podcasts! I didn’t even know there was such a thing until last well LOL. But I think I’ll check out the ones you mentioned! And I definitely agree with buzzwords. Descriptions that include the words carnival or circus, Victorian, steampunk, and friendship always pique my interest.

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