I’ve always loved reading. I don’t remember a time I didn’t read, actually. But once I started blogging reading became even more serious to me. Now I have interaction with authors, with other book lovers who share the same taste in books, and reviews, reviews, reviews that make me need, no have to read certain books. That has led to an overwhelming list of books I want to read and a huge pile (bookcase, actually) of books to read as well. On top of that I have constant review requests and so many are nearly impossible to turn down! If they sound good its so hard to say no. And that leads to me scheduling my books. Mostly it’s done in my head because I’m determined to not make reading a chore, but it is in my head and I’m constantly thinking that I need to finish this book so I can get through those three before the week ends. I’ve lost patience for books as well. If they don’t pull me in immediately then I find myself setting them aside at 50 pages. Sometimes I don’t even make it that far. I used to push myself to 100 pages because some of my favorite books were slow books in the beginning. I don’t have patience for that anymore. I’m finding myself reading my shorter books and my longer books sit on my shelf forever. I read far more young adult and some of my favorite adult series get pushed aside.
I feel guilty watching TV, I should be reading. I feel guilty shopping, I should be reading. I feel guilty cruising the internet, I should be reading. Luckily I still enjoy reading. I don’t find it a job at all. I love to read all day and my favorite days are the ones I can sit and read all day (other then caring for my family, of course).
My goal for this year is to get things under control a bit better. To get through my books I already own, including the huge fat ones, the adult series that I’ve gotten so far behind in and all those millions of young adult books I’ve collected in the masses because I have to read them.
So I know this is a common problem. How do you keep your reading pile from getting out of hand? How do you keep from stressing yourself out about reading faster? How do you handle it all?
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