Archive for February, 2014

I read Rebecca’s post (she’s an amazing BookRiot editor and book lady extraordinaire) about letting go of the TBR list and actually commented that my list doesn’t give me any grief. And as I was listening to a podcast this morning (there might be a recurring theme here) I realized that I do let my TBR cause me grief, stress and guilt. But I didn’t realize it when I first read her post as I was thinking in literal terms. I use Goodreads to keep track of my reading. I do that only because I tend to forget books I’ve read and I have bought books in the past to read, gotten 3 chapters in, and had such strong deja vu before I remembered, oh yea, I read this book already. So, when I first read that post I thought of my To Read list on Goodreads and was like, eh, I don’t even go on there unless it’s just to check if I own a book already. (I keep track of that too–own and unread) 


I also go to the library quite a bit, and this is where the stress and guilt come in. I tend to place holds on a lot of books, and I also wander through the stacks and grab whatever suits me at the moment. I like the combination of serendipity and planning. However, they only allow you to check out a book for three weeks. Two if it is new or a bestseller. Most of mine tend to be just that. And you can only renew for one cycle before having to return the book. And if there is a hold on it? You can forget the renewing part then. Which leads me to stack these books (sometimes 20 of them at once) by my bedside in the order that I need to read them in based on their return dates. THIS is what stresses me out because even in a perfect world where I don’t have to do anything but read, I can’t get through more than 2 in a week. And a lot of the books I read are chunksters and those take a bit longer to plow through. So what’s a book nerd to do? Constantly go over the TBR stack from the library. Meanwhile, during this time, I stress that I’m ignoring all the 400+ books I own and sitting on my shelves and not reading because I am stressing about the library books. And don’t get me started on the stack of books on my ereaders.


When I listened to Rebecca and Rita (not me) on the Dear Book Nerd podcast this morning I realized I was doing this to myself and I didn’t even realize it. I get stressed about which book to read next because of the library. I then get stressed that I’m not reading anything I currently own and then I started stressing about the Tournament of Books and how I wanted to read all those books by March. Which is completely unrealistic!  I decided right there and then, sipping my coffee in my car, that 2014 is going to be the year of serendipitous reading. I will continue to check out 20 books at a time, but only so I can have free reign at home to read whatever calls to me in that moment.  Good thing my other half doesn’t mind all the piles. This year for us is going to be one of planning and some change, so letting go of my book guilt feels very freeing! 




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