As a writer I am most definitely a reader as well and as such I typically receive a fairly hearty pile of books for Christmas and birthday gifts. But once all the wrapping is discarded and the new and wonderful books sit piled high next to my desk the real trouble begins. Where do I start?
In all reality I’m making this a bigger deal than it is, but still…
Aside from finishing whatever book I’m currently reading, how do I pick the next one? Should I go with the one I’ve wanted the longest or the newest release that looks incredibly enticing?
Like most readers I have a running To Be Read List (TBR) that is longer than a skyscraper is tall. It’s a list that is never ending and grows longer more than it shrinks. Some books have been on the list for years and others only a few months or less. Do I pick up where I left off? Or pick up something different too keep things from getting tedious?
Back sometime last year I decided I was going to try and read an entire series (16 books) beginning to end. Haha, yeah. That didn’t last. Maybe the reason I stopped was me, maybe it was the series. Maybe someday I’ll go back and revisit that question along with the remaining 14 books. But nevertheless, I made it 4 books into that series and was distracted by a new flashy title away from books that (although I wanted to read – and still do) I planned to read. With that task abandoned I am back at square one.
This year I received a couple of classics, a couple of graphic novels, and a couple of newer releases I’ve been waiting to get my hands on. So, as I am about halfway through one of those newer releases I couldn’t wait to get my hands on I’m already itching to pick up another of the shiny new covers from the TBR.
Sometimes I think about actually creating an all encompassing TBR instead of the mental one I currently have so that when I can’t decide what to read next I can literally just throw darts and TADA!
Until then, I’ll just continue to look over the top of my current read, eye-balling the pile, already ruminating over where I’ll let me mind travel next.