Bookish thoughts

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.

Other thoughts/revelations:
• 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?


4 responses to “Bookish thoughts

  1. I’m trying to decide if I’m going to continue with The Pursuit of Happyness or pick up something else; I’m having a little trouble getting into this book.

    I don’t read “romance” novels, either – the “heaving bosom and throbbing member” books that my biological couldn’t get enough of hold ZERO appeal to me – though I did love, with an almost unreasonable fervor, the Outlander novels. It wouldn’t be much of a stretch to call them romance novels, I suppose, though there was so much more to the plot than ripping bodices.

    I went through all the Twilight novels and enjoyed them for what they were. I started by reading them to preview for my eleven-year-old and found them completely acceptable. Beyond those and The Book Thief, I’ve not read much young adult lit.

  2. I’m starting to feel the same way about my TBR stack. It’s gotten too large over the last couple of weeks and I have been feeling overwhelmed. I think I might just give away a large number of my books.

    I do not read romance novels at all. I do read young adult books, but it depends on the subject matter.

    I just try to read what I love and not rushed through a book, which is one more thing I’ve been doing lately.

  3. I don’t have a TBR stack quite yet. It’s little and manageable and I just don’t feel like reading those books right now. But I have a huge stack of books from BookMooch in my mailbox when I get home, so I don’t know, maybe that will turn into a TBR pile! I know the feeling of being stuck without a book. It was pretty much the definition of my winter break this year. I’ve only read 3 books, which is abysmal for having infinite time to do… nothing. Ha.

    Found your blog through a link trail through the blogs and thought I would say hello! Like the reviews and your bookish thoughts. Hope you’ll check me out over at Regular Rumination.

    – Lu

  4. I never had a tbr before blogging (and I didn’t know what ‘tbr’ stood for until blogging, either.) I’m so gung ho on the idea of all these reading challenges but I’m already bogged down trying to decide what titles to choose or if I should just see what happens. My wish list is crazy and I miss the days when I could enjoy a book and then go lazily look for the next without tripping over so many on the floor already. Happy New Year!

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