August 16, 2012 by Heidi
You know when you first start book blogging and everything is all shiny and new and exciting and it is so easy to get overwhelmed with all of the awesome possibilities and forget those books that led you to want to do this in the first place?
Honestly, I didn’t read very much YA before about a year ago, and then I read TOO MUCH YA and got totally burned out on it. Then of course, there’s the existence and possibilities of ARCs. Yes, they’re exciting, and I love when I get to help promote this book that I love and had the lucky opportunity to read early, but honestly? I don’t like the feeling of obligation. Get this: I picked up something like 50 books at BEA. I’ve read two so far. Two! That’s it. Sure, I honestly want to read (and will eventually try to read) all of them, but in the meantime it seems so silly to have all of these books sitting around my house when I could easily just check them out from the library upon release, because no, I will not actually die if I do not get to read them beforehand. I also currently have 18 titles from NetGalley I’m trying to get through asap, and have sworn the website off all together unless the book is by an author I already know and love or if I have read multiple great reviews from people I trust.
This weekend I was looking at my TBR on Goodreads and realized it’s almost 1000 books long…that’s insane! Then I thought about it and I add a lot of books to my TBR that I’m not likely to ever actually make the effort to read, but am at least mildly interested in. As a result, books that I really desperately do want to make the effort to read get lost in the shuffle. They get lost among shiny new titles and what everyone is talking about now, and I kind of forget about them. Well, I want to stop being distracted.
That’s why I’ve created a new shelf: the No…seriously TBR. Full of those titles that I really truly 100% want to read.
Yeah, that includes authors like Sherwood Smith, Robin McKinley, and Elizabeth Wein. Authors and books I want to read more of, or just read period. Books all of my friends have read and given amazing ratings, but have somehow passed me by. Most of them aren’t new books at all.
I’m going to try to read at least one book off this shelf every month because life’s too short not to read awesome books. Consider this public accountability, yo!
What books would you put on a no…seriously shelf? How do you organize your Goodreads shelves to keep things in hand? Do you only add books to your TBR that you 100% without a doubt want to read? Do you organize into smaller categories? Tell me all your secrets!