Have you ever had days where you feel that you may never conquer that TBR mountain? I have been struggling with the massive load of books that I have sitting here, just waiting for me to read them. This year, I decided to do things a little differently, and see if I could conquer the TBR that has been staring at me for months.
Now, if your TBR is like mine, it is sitting there, silently judging you, as you bring new books into the house each month. I just add new books to the pile and back away slowly. It feels almost like offering the new book as a sacrifice to the pile. It used to once be a lot more manageable than it is today.
As an avid reader, I am loving sites like NetGalley and Edelweiss. Each offers fabulous new and upcoming books to read and review. I love to read through them, I just struggle writing the reviews. There are times that I have the “what if no one likes the review,” and “we all read books differently.” Well, this year, the excuses stop. I am going to be reviewing more, and sharing more. However, this means you are going to get my lovely ramblings. They will be on some fabulous and amazing books that are just waiting for someone else to discover them!
In order to conquer the pile that is literally staring me down, while possibly plotting how to fall over and squash me, I devised a strategy to read and review on a more efficient level. Instead of pondering over what I am going to read next, I literally close my eyes, mad scroll, and then pick the book that my finger stops on. Simple and easy, yet, I have not been disappointed with a single book I have done that with yet.
We all have them. Excuses as to why we are not reading, or making ourselves feel better about the books that we are buying (and not reading) as we continue to avoid that large pile of artistic works. I have made every excuse – “I have no time,” “Work is so busy.” Then I decided that if I could listen to the tv while I was working (as long as its a day that I am not in the office), I could turn my kindle on and let it read to me. Sometimes I have to stop and go back a few pages to ensure that I am actually hearing everything, but it has worked well so far! I have been using this method for several months, and while there are days where I have more meetings than quiet time, I have started getting through more books.
I also decided that I was not going to care what people thought about the reviews, and I am going to share away. Sharing books is something that I have truly enjoyed, and I want to help everyone find their next great read! Finally, I can’t wait to share some of the books that are coming out this year!
What are your reading goals for this year?