I’ve seen several people, in the past few months, who’ve become overwhelmed by their TBR stacks, particularly in reference to books they’ve made a commitment to review in a timely manner. Although I have begun accepting a few books to (read and) review, I hope to avoid this trap. I don’t want reading to become a chore, and I’ve already caught myself feeling like my TBR stack is too large. Having a TBR stack at all is a new circumstance for me — until I discovered and joined BookMooch this year, I basically never had a stack of books waiting to be read.
Having a stack, in the house, waiting to be read, has certainly increased the number of books I’ve read. For instance, I never face the situation now in which I’ve finished what I was reading, I want to start a new book, but I don’t have a new book to read (AND, the library’s closed). Now I just pick another book from the stack.
Instead, I now have trouble deciding what to pick up next. So many books, so little time! I do love having a stack, don’t get me wrong; I feel like I have a bit more control over what I’m reading when I’m not just trying to scratch that itch at the library-with-the-limited-selection. Still, it’s not like I’m buying (hardly any of) the books in my stacks. I don’t have total control over the content of the TBR pile.
• It’s so much easier to write reviews of the books that I read over a course of a few days (or longer), that I savor while I’m working on other things.
• It’s much harder to write reviews when the books pile up and wait to be reviewed.
• This year, particularly the past six months, I’ve been trying to read books that will hopefully inform my writing. Reading books I’d like to have written. Reading books that stretch me, that thrill me. A couple highlights: Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear, Dakota by Kathleen Norris, and the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy by Sigrid Undset.
• I don’t read romance novels.
• I don’t appreciate teen angst much, either.
What bookish thoughts have you been having lately?