The Sunday Symposium is a weekly feature in which I'll be discussing various bookish topics and asking for your commentary, as well. This week, we're going to discuss our out-of-control TBR piles, or more accurately, why we can't stop adding books to our shelves when we already have too many to read.
So, this is going to be less of a discussion and more of me, um, whining. And some will say, "Oh, stop it...at least you aren't wanting for anything to read." Which is true. But I have an entirely different problem. It's become quite the conundrum, lately, trying to decide what to read next and whether or not I can sneak a "just for me" book into the schedule.
Yes, a reading schedule! I literally have to schedule my reading time. I know I'm not the only one. I know several bloggers who keep spreadsheets similar to mine, detailing upcoming releases, what's been read, what needs reviewed, and what's up next. But when is enough enough??? Here's a look at my current review TBR...this doesn't include the books I've bought but haven't gotten to yet:
|These are my expected reads for February thru July. *flails*|
Sometimes, I supplement my reading pile with audio, just to catch up on new releases that I didn't read prior to release. I enjoy audiobooks. I really, really do. But I miss actually reading some of my favorite books and series. But the only way I can make time for some of my "just for me" reads is to get them on audio. Even though I already own some in hardcover. I must have those lovelies for my shelf, you see, especially if I'd previously started the series in hardcover. *sigh* I really do have a problem.
But I keep doing this to myself. All these great new books appear on Edelweiss and Netgalley and in ARC form, and I can't say no. I. Just. Can't. It's an addiction. I gave up drinking for the month of January, just to see if I could. But there is no way in hell I'd ever voluntarily give up reading. NEVER. And then my husband says things like, "Sure, you're not spending as much on books as you used to, but you're spending more time away from us than ever before, and we're paying the price." OUCH.
I resolved to spend less time blogging this year and more time with my family. Because blogging/reviewing has taken a serious toll on my free time. And as much as I love it, I'm tired of getting grief from my family. I did incorporate my daughter into the blogging experience, thanks to Sara at Forever 17 Books, and that's been a lot of fun each week. But it's not enough. And yet, the books keep piling up.
So, for discussion purposes, I have a few questions, and I'm hoping your answers will help my situation, and vice versa:
- Do you read every single book you request for review, whether via ARC, Netgalley or Edelweiss? Um, I try to. But it's hard not to fall behind. And once you do, there seems to be no catching up.
- Do you attempt to read every review book by the release date? Sure. Well, until I start seeing a ton of negative reviews for a book; then I decide it's not worth my time.
- Do you post your reviews for requested review books prior to release date? As long as I've read it, I usually review it at least by the day OF release. (I am getting way better at this. No more waiting weeks and weeks to write a review. Go me!)
- How do you slip in those books that you had hoped to get for review but didn't and had to wait until release date to receive your own copy? Like I said, audiobooks. Or, very carefully, so as not to fall behind schedule. It may take me a lot longer to read a "for pleasure" book than a review book.
- Do you strictly adhere to your reading schedule, or is it more of a guideline and you read what you feel like reading as the mood hits? I was adhering to the schedule, for the most part, but that's becoming harder and harder to do. I've become quite the mood reader these days.
These are my bookshelves in their latest incarnation, and I'll be honest, only like 60% of the books on them have already been read:
Please, I'm begging you...someone help me! A TBR Intervention is in order here, I think. Or, are we all of similar minds and cannot help ourselves? Either way, I think we might need help. At least a support group, if nothing else. And a pact. Like, for every review book we read, we should also enjoy a strictly for fun read. Maybe a book that we don't even necessarily have to review. Whadya say? Any takers? :P
Any and all commentary, chastising, and public flogging is welcome...