Do you still like book hauls and monthly TBR lists? I’m asking this of myself in the advent of many catastrophes happening in the world right now, and the economy still recovering from the pandemic shutdown (interest rates and inflation are enormously high in Australia, people are struggling and homelessness is the highest it’s ever been.) So are book hauls a tad tone deaf, playing into consumerism… and do I really enjoy indulging in them or does it make me feel a bit jealous that I can’t afford to do the same?
In truth, I stopped watching and reading about book hauls years ago. Mainly because it kept me adding to my wishlist and it was getting out of control. Plus they were starting to get a bit repetitive. I would rather be informed with an upcoming releases list where I can discover books getting published soon. It gives me a little time to save up and curate my wishlist accordingly. Book hauls can be a bit random – and depending on the person creating the list – may only have one or two books that pique my interest. With my time becoming more valuable, I want to spend my limited free time on content I engage in.
I think the best thing about hauls is identifying if/where you got a bargain. So for a savvy book hunter, they can grab a bargain too. I like to own books and expand my library, so discovering great places to earmark for a shop is a great help.
There are always exceptions to the rule. I feel book hauls work well when you are talking about collectors. Vintage books, out of print books, trying to complete big series… but it is very niche and not something that has a large market share. I don’t mind the odd vintage/classic horror haul video now and then (Check out LibraryMacabre) and I’d love to find someone who does some great vintage/classic science fiction hauls, but nothing I’ve seen has grabbed me yet.
Are there any types of book hauls that you think are worth the time?
I’m of the same opinion of TBR lists because much of the time the reader does not complete the list in the time allotted… and I want to know what they thought about the books and if they are worth picking up. So Wrap-up’s are more my thing. More so reading actual long-form book reviews and getting to chat in the comments.
Again the exception would be genre TBR’s or reading challenges: they can be fun because other people get to join in. It’s like a quasi-book club. If you are just posting about your reading goals it’s not that interactive and doesn’t give much information about the books, or your reasoning why you selected these specific books.
I’ve seen some TBR videos on YouTube that do a Lucky Dip method to choose titles – I see that as more of a reading challenge than a TBR List. What’s your opinion?
I have a TBR bookshelf and each month I select a book from each genre, two series that I need to finish, and two favourite author books for a smaller selection to pick from in the coming weeks. I’m a mood reader, but don’t want to be crippled by choice. It’s all about #BeatTheBacklist – getting all the books I already own read, and finally completing series that I’d abandoned or forgotten about years ago because I got distracted by the next shiny thing. But it’s my personal motivational method for reading, I don’t think anyone else would be all that interested in the lists every month. Reading tastes are so unique to each person, as is reading speed, and I know some who get anxiety over this sort of thing.
What’s your opinion of book hauls and TBR’s as content? Is it a thing you indulge in regularly, or do you find the content irrelevant or stale?
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