No…seriously to read pile.

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August 16, 2012 by Heidi

Hoarder evidence.

My hoarding corner. Yes, there are at least six piles of books and several bags and boxes of yarn.  I also have bookshelves…

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.

Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith book coverSunshine by Robin McKinley book coverThe Winter Prince by Elizabeth E. Wein book cover

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!

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  1. Alyssa says:

    I was literally looking at my shelves this morning ad thinkin the same thing. I am going to The Book Barn on Saturday to pick up books I want to read and have wanted for years and I told myself that I REALLY have to read them!! I’m thrilled to read these books before they’re out and there are some that I DESPERATELY wanted but for most of them I won’t read them until they’re released anyway. I am doing the same as you except I’m on a library ban, after I get through these books I want to get through my NG TBR pile. I think I am going to how to read at least 1 book that I OWN (and not an ARC!) a month because WHY ELSE DID I BUY THEM?! If I want to read that romance or favorite author from years back but knew I won’t review it, why shouldn’t I!! Brava Heidi you have made me feel better in my feelings of angst over “having” to read an “October release” vs a 1998 release :)

    • Heidi says:

      I’m glad to help! Seriously, setting little goals like this for myself really help. Atm I try to read a NG book every other book till I get through them, and in between I either read a library book or a book that I own. I tried to go on a library ban, but I’ve been bad about it. Meh!

      So excited to hear what you pick up at the Book Barn! I’m so bad about reading books that I actually own, I’m really starting to make more of an effort to do so.

  2. Nafiza says:

    I do a periodic purging of my reading list as well. GR makes it just too easy for the list to grow exponentially. I’m starting my Masters in September and I have no idea how challenging it’s going to be so I’ve worked all summer to get my NG titles read. (Only about four more to go!) I also love ARCs (who doesn’t?) but at the same time, I hate the feeling of obligation and in the end, I think I may as well buy/get it from the library rather than request and read in a rush.

    • Heidi says:

      Right? I agree! Grats on getting your NG titles down so far, I’m impressed. I really want to get rid of all of mine, and I really need to do a full on TBR purge. Good luck with your masters, Nafiza! I just finished mine this last year, and it is SO nice to be able to read for fun again. =)

      • Nafiza says:

        Was it much more demanding than undergrad courses?

        • Heidi says:

          Hmm…reading wise I’d say that it was more in general than my undergrad courses, but it’s hard to say as I always took more courses at one time in undergrad and I didn’t mind doing the bulk of my grad reading because it was stuff I was interested in. I think it depends largely upon what you’re majoring in, but for me I’d often be tired in the brain at the end of a day of study, and so would turn to something like a movie and knitting instead of recreational reading to relax.

          • Nafiza says:

            Ah makes sense. I’m doing a masters in Children’s Lit so I’m hoping it doesn’t drive me completely up the wall. Thanks for the reply!

          • Heidi says:

            Oooh, that should be fun! Hopefully that means you get to read a lot of kids books.

            I specialized in Youth Services while obtaining my MLIS, and so I got to take classes on resources for children and resources for young adults–they were the best! I got to read kids and YA books for school. It’s part of what got me reading so much YA in the first place. :D

          • Nafiza says:

            That’s awesome! I hope so too.

  3. I feel the same way sometimes!

    I have a “priority” shelf on GR. I add a lot of other things to certain shelves not because I have a burning desire to read them, but to help when I go to make booklists or suggestions to patrons.

    I try and balance reading adult and YA, fiction and nonfiction, new releases and older titles. I only request and read an ARC if I am not sure if the library should purchase it or not and want to check it out.

    • Heidi says:

      Yes! The shelf I created is essentially the same thing as a priority shelf. Many of the books on my TBR aren’t ones I’ll ever actually read, but I like having the titles there in my face to help me remember when I go to do reader’s advisory.

      I’ve been balancing my reads more now, I got burned out when I wasn’t mixing it up a bit more. I like variety!

  4. Miss Anderson says:

    I don’t actually use Goodreads for a whole lot of list making, but I can see how it would get totally overwhelming! Since I far prefer reading e-books, my “Priority” reads are the ones on e-book wish list on Overdrive (books I know I want to read from the public library). For books I can’t get from the library, I download the sample to my Nook App, and keep those samples on a shelf there. The sample means I’m one click away from a purchase if I start reading 20/30 pages and want to keep going.

    • Heidi says:

      Yeah, Goodreads can be super convenient, but almost TOO convenient because then I add so much. I prefer e-books as well, but have been horrible about using Overdrive for anything but Audiobooks in the last six months or so.

  5. meghan says:

    I totally agree. I am so addicted to reading and to goodreads that there are times when I feel so overwhelmed. I don’t really have a good system yet on how to organize my shelves. when I am ready to read something I scan through my shelves and pick three books that sound good to me at the moment (my book mood changes a lot) then I pick the book that the library has available. I am really bad at buying books so if I don’t do it this way I fear my buying will really be worse than what it alreay is.
    This was a great post today. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
    http://inthekitchenandonthecouch.blogspot.com/

  6. Noelle says:

    Haha! I love the No, seriously–TBR. I know what you mean. I had to start focusing on my TBR of the books I already own. Sometimes they get put on my bookshelf and completely disappear off of my radar. Don’t get me started on my black hole of a Kindle. I get swept up in adding books to my TBR just to keep track of them. I’m going to try to focus on the books I really truly want to read and stop getting distracted by the newest books available at my library etc.

    • Heidi says:

      I know!! I’m HORRIBLE about reading books I own (which is why I made a ‘books I own but haven’t read’ shelf on GR), but at least physical ones are there staring at you…my Kindle is totally a black hole! I put myself on a library ban a few months ago…it hasn’t really worked because I’ve still been picking up older titles by some of my favorite artists, but I have been resisting putting holds on every new release.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Goodreads lists tend to overwhelm me (and I’m a huge nerd) so I keep my TBR list in a spreadsheet where I can sort by all sorts of things like where I can find the book, who recommended it to me, etc. I try to go through and remove stuff periodically as I lose interest/read reviews/realize that I’m probably never going to make time for a book about mermaids. It might help, though, if I had some way to designate must-reads as opposed to when-I’m-in-the-mood-for-it books. Maybe I need to add another column to my spreadsheet ;-)

    • Heidi says:

      Oooh ooh, you can color code it! That’s what I would do. I’m a big nerd for color coding (I fill the cells of a spreadsheet in with different colors based on priority).

      I think if I had a spreadsheet I’d forget what the titles were. I’m pretty visual, so having the book covers to look at on Goodreads is easier for me to remember what everything actually is. I do need to go in and do a major purge of the shelf in general though.

  8. Grace says:

    Your TBR pile looks a lot like mine. I sorted my books based on month of publication, as I have ARCs that go up to November. After that whatever isn’t read is fair game based on whatever mood I’m in at the time.

    • Heidi says:

      Hehe, that’s how the physical books in those piles in the picture up top are arranged–ARCs by publication date. Luckily, all of those physical ARCs were from BEA so I don’t really feel the obligation to try to read them all by release date. I’ll still try to read them, but I won’t feel bad if it’s not by the time they’re published.

      • Grace says:

        Most of my physical ARCs are from BEA as well. I’m using the publication date as a rough guideline more than anything else, since I know I won’t feasibly read them all before they come out.

        • Heidi says:

          Seriously. The number of fantastic releases upcoming in September and October are overwhelming!

          • Grace says:

            Agreed. And that’s not even counting the summer releases that I didn’t get to from June/July… :D

            September’s the month I’m most excited for. So much to choose from!

  9. I guess I figured out the depth of the pit I’m currently in when I noticed that I’ve actually stopped adding to my tbr on GoodReads. Having a tbr you can choose from means that I actually get to choose what to read next, and that hasn’t been the case for months now! My schedule is so tight, I barely get to read the newspaper! So yeah, ARCs are kinda nice sometimes when you really care about a book, but they are a double-edged sword.

    • Heidi says:

      Oooh, yeah that’s pretty bad! I at least get to read a ‘me’ book between every ARC. Def. a double edged sword. I hope you dig yourself out, Maja! Though at least you get some awesome ARCs.

  10. Wow, you have so many pretty ARCs, but they really can be a pain sometimes! On GoodReads, I’ve separated my TBR-Shelf into multiple piles, so there’s a Classics-TBR Shelf, 2012-Releases-TBR Shelf of books that haven’t released yet this year and once they have been released, I put them on my regular TBR-Shelf, 2013-Releases-TBR Shelf and then I have an Own-TBR Shelf and very recently a To-Read-Soon Shelf of books I actually want to get around to reading within the next week or month. When I just had a regular TBR-Shelf I would always get so intimidated by the hundreds of books on there, but when I split it up, I realized that half of them were books that hadn’t even released yet, so why worry about them and have to look through them to choose what books to read? Plus, around a quarter were classics and while I adore classics, you need to be in a certain type of mood to read them, so I separated those and then took all the books I had at my disposal and put them in a separate shelf so now my TBR-Shelf has less than 100 Books in it and those are books I want to read, which have already been released, and which I either need to buy or pick up from the library.

    I also keep pruning my shelves every-so-often. I go through all the book, read the reviews, and decide so many times that a book just isn’t for me. It sounds good, but ultimately it’s the execution that counts and I’m FED UP and have NO TIME to read insta-love or love triangles! Give me originality! Give me creativity! Give me GOOD writing! Give me developed characters! Give me ACTUAL romance! I even knock off books from my ARCs Shelves because of bad reviews and it seems like whatever ARCs I receive these days are all for books that I don’t even wind up liking, so I’m getting mad at them too since I’d rather wait for reviews to trickle before being one of the first to decide I hate a book. It’s such a tedious process and it’s all because publishers are accepting every single author practically and churning out formulaic stories that I am simply fed up of.

    I totally understand your dilemma though Heidi! I’ve been meaning to read so many books – such as Crown Duel or Kite Runner or dozens of other truly classic fantasy literature – and I’m always bogged down by new releases or my never-ending TBR-Pile. I’m so scared to even add stuff onto that shelf these days, so I wait until I see a good review before adding it on. I never used to do that, but now I do. Plus, with the school year starting I’m going to swamped with school work AND reading, so it’s definitely a tough choice.

    On a side note, I’ll be really curious to see what you think of The Winter Prince. It was such a strange story and I still can’t wrap my mind around it even though I read it months ago, but overall I rather enjoyed it, even though it was so psychologically mind-warping. I really hope you get to read some of the novels you really want to though, Heidi!(: Good Luck! :D

    • Heidi says:

      Thanks, Keertana! I do the same thing with the 2012 and 2013 releases shelves! I do still add upcoming books pretty readily to my shelves if I have any interest in them, but if I see enough bad reviews I’ll ax them pretty fast. I just don’t have the patient for bad books these days either, and a lot of books I would have been willing to give a shot to even a year ago I’m sure I wouldn’t make it past 10 pages these days. It’s all a balancing act, but my standards are certainly going up!

  11. Sandy says:

    I had this issue too and while I still battle with my TBR pile, it’s much smaller than it used to be. What I did was I stopped requesting so many titles from publishers and I stopped participating in ARC tours…. it’s nice to get ARCs and have that opportunity to read something before it’s released but the way I see it, it’s a lot of responsibility! And when so many arcs come through the mail, it’s overwhelming; I would get so excited and then feel burnt out since I was on a reading scheduele. So to fall back in love with reading, I cut off all temptations: I stopped requesting, I stopped entering giveaways and I just let myself pick up whatever I wanted from the library or bookstore. Sometimes I didn’t even review what I read but I didn’t feel guilty about it since they weren’t books specifically sent to me for review; I could put them down and never look back if I wanted to.

    I don’t know if it’s just me but if I have a LOT of books to read, I end up reading none of them…so to avoid that, I minimize. As for GR, I wasn’t in love with the site to begin with and after using it for a year, I deleted my account. It felt GOOD, lol.

    • Heidi says:

      What you did sounds exactly like what I’m trying to do right now! I only really request through NG, but I’m stopping even that, and just accept the occasional request if it’s from an author I’m already a fan of. There are so many older titles I haven’t read that I would love to, so I want to focus on reading them rather than whatever the next big thing is. I can get to them all eventually, and I’ll be burned less in the end.

      • Sandy says:

        OH NETGALLEY. I recently started using it and I finally see why people love it so much–it’s easier to get titles and they’re right there on your reader…sigh. But being picky is the best way to go; you won’t feel guilty or annoyed if you have less review stuff. I’ve also noticed that I’m happier reading library books and I don’t feel pressured to read them really fast. It’s good to focus on older titles because lately all the new, “hyped” books have been…er, lacking in some respects.

        • Heidi says:

          Agreed! I’d rather wait and hear that a new title is great than be the first one to read it and find it to be horribly disappointing. =)

  12. Oooof that is a lot of books! I feel your pain my friend- I am EXACTLY the same! I was so excited to get ARC’S and Galley’s when I first started, and accept books from authors, that I became totally swamped and never got around to reading the books I had always planned on reading/already owned because I felt too guilty. Now I think I have accepted that I will not be able to read them all and have deleted some books on NetGalley because knowing they’re there makes me feel bad. The last 6 or so books I have read have been Galley’s and I am trying to get through as many as possible but I think coming to terms with the fact you requested too many in the past and trying not to feel guilty is the best way! And then trying not to request too many in future…which it sounds like you are already doing!

    Just forget the guilt and read what you wanna read- that is my motto now! x

    • Heidi says:

      Yep! I like it. I’ve gotten pretty comfortable with declining to review NG titles if I don’t feel them, whereas I initially forced my way through whether I liked it or not. I always feel so light and refreshed after I acknowledge that a book isn’t going to work for me and that I’m not going to force it and move on to something I’ll enjoy. =)

  13. I don’t keep my Goodreads TBR/currently reading completely accurate, for reasons. So no one will ever know my complete madness, but it sounds pretty close to yours. haha

    Sunshine. That’s one that would be on my No…Seriously TBR. I’ve seen Heather at Flyleaf Review talk about how she loves it so much. Heather and I tend to read similarly and she loves it so I figure I want to read it too.

    I have a lot of NG titles too. And some ARCs. Nothing like a BEA or ALA stack or anything, but I feel so fortunate so be sent a few titles and I do the best I can with them. But I HAVE to mix in already-released stuff every now-and-then or I go a little crazy. Also, some of the ARCs and NG titles are ones that I really want to read, so I do okay. I just try not to let myself feel too overwhelmed because then it isn’t fun and this is my FUN thing, my end-of-the-day thing, my therapeutic thing. It’s what I do for myself.

    I think I’m rambling.

    Also, I’ve seen on Goodreads where everyone else has books on multiple shelves. I’ve never done that because I’m scared that if I make up new shelves, it’ll spam everyone’s feed. I still only have the three default shelves. I’d feel much more organized if I did it. So does it spam everyone’s feed. Do you know? Does that question even make sense? BAHHH.

    • Heidi says:

      It should only spam a feed when you initially add a book to one of your exclusive shelves, but it does not inform people when you put it on one of your other shelves (ex: I have a 2012 releases shelf, a needs-review shelf for books I’ve finished but haven’t reviewed, and a own but haven’t read shelf to keep track of what I actually have since so many are digital/audio it’s hard to just look at my physical bookcase and tell).

      Hope that info helps! I used to have genre based shelves, but it was too much, and I deleted them. I agree though–I try to keep this my FUN thing and relax. Honestly I haven’t read much in the past week at all because I’ve felt like doing other things, and that’s okay with me! Nobody pays me to do this, so I’m not going to treat it like a job. Also, my shelves aren’t technically accurate either. I tend not to add of the books to a series if I’m in the middle of reading it, because they’re things I know I don’t need the reminder for. It’s funny that those books I know for certain I want to read most don’t end up on the TBR!

  14. Unfortunately, my favorite parts of your new list are all the books that I don’t have marked as to-read yet…because they all look interesting. Thanks for lengthening MY to-read list with this list-shortening project, Heidi!!

    Geez. :P

    Also, I’m terribly disorganized with my TBR. I tried to break it up at one point but then the thought of going through them all and marking them as something else just made me weary before I’d even started. I do periodically just go through and delete ones that I know I don’t want to read anymore. Sometimes when I go through my list (okay, change sometimes to ALL THE TIME) I find ones that I have absolutely no memory of adding in the first place. It’s disgraceful.

    • Heidi says:

      Muahaha, lengthening others’ TBRs is totally what I’m here for!

      I need to do a full on purge one of these days and go through and delete a lot of stuff. I often add books when I first hear of them, and then they roll out with all of these reviews that indicate they are not for me, but I’m too lazy to go in and remove them. And yes, some of them I have to go look at because I’m like ‘this was what again?’. I’ve tried to be better recently about filling out the Recommended to me section so I can direct myself back to the review/conversation that got me to add the book in the first place.

  15. Ahh you need to read Crown/Court Duel asap! It’s still one of my all-time favorite fantasy duets! I can’t even count how many times I’ve reread them. They are definitely quality fantasy. I also have been planning on reading more Robin McKinley…eventually. I love her books as well. Sunshine is also fantastic.

    Your new shelf is a good idea. I haven’t allowed myself to become overwhelmed by books…yet. I don’t even plan to try for ARCs for a while. I feel like there are so many published books out there that I really need to read. And then I won’t get stressed going at my own pace. I definitely put books I probably won’t read on my goodreads TBR list, but I consider them to be more suggestions than anything else. I think I can understand where you’re coming from here, however. I hope that you’re able to maintain this and read all those fantastic books you haven’t had time to read yet! :)

    • Heidi says:

      Thanks! Yeah, I really think it’s easier to just not have ARCs in my life. I don’t read most of them until a week or two before the book is released anyway, so what’s the point of tacking on obligations to that?

      I really want to read more Robin McKinley, I haven’t read any in years! And I’ve never read ANY Sherwood Smith, which obviously needs to be remedied asap.

  16. I’m not feeling the whole obligation thing on early review copies either. I only just got out of a slump and really started devouring books again and I’ve behind on review copies ever so slightly now because I’ve just been reading what I want. Now I’m worried the review copies are going to send me right back into that slump. :/

    As for my own TBR, I’m just trying to force myself to read half and half every month. Equal numbers of older books with the new because otherwise I’d never get to read all of the books on my TBR. I do like the idea of divvying up my TBR shelf on Goodreads though. Having just shy of two thousand with physical and Kindle copies combined is crazy overwhelming. Maybe divide up the YA, the adult and the classics since those three are the majority of my collection.

    • Heidi says:

      I feel ya. Some of the review copies I have are books I really do want to read, but if I feel obligated to read them at a specific time rather than when the right mood strikes, it can really sour things.

      I try read an ARC every other book, and then I’ll read either a library book or a book I own in between to help keep things fresh. Hoping to get through the ARCs all together though! =)

  17. Ari says:

    I have so many books to read and so little time. I am even way behind with writing reviews, but from time to time I remember that I do this for FUN, so I just give up on the stress and take it step by step. ;))
    Also I keep changing my mind.. I start a book, leave it aside if i am not interested, come back to it when I am ready. I plan to read a book than see another one and forget all about the first one.. it’s all part of the charm of the reading world I guess.

    • Heidi says:

      I do the same thing! I’m notorious for not finishing books…you could go through all of the books on my shelves in my childhood home and I’d bet you’d find bookmarks where I’d wandered off to something else. I’ve been doing the a lot lately–I actually have a ‘hibernating’ shelf on Goodreads as well for books that I’ve stopped in the middle of but may want to pick up again at some point so that I don’t forget about them. :)

  18. readingaftermidnight says:

    I have so many books to read and so little time.
    I am even way behind with writing reviews, but from time to time I remember that I do this for FUN, so I just give up on the stress and take it step by step. ;)) Also I keep changing my mind.. I start a book, leave it aside if i am not interested, come back to it when I am ready. I plan to read a book than see another one and forget all about the first one.. it’s all part of the charm of the reading world I guess.

  19. Angela says:

    My problem is my Kindle. I buy books, there are free books and then I hit the library… Before I know it, I’ve got a ton of books to read and I never touch half of them because I keep finding something new to read. Also, I started/joined a book club hoping to read a bit more out of my comfort zone… and so now, I am a WEEK until our never meeting and I have yet to pick up the book club book.

    I’ve sworn off my kindle for now… At least, sworn off buying new books until I go through all the ones I’ve purchased on my Kindle. It’s gone well so far. And will probably continue to do so until I hit the library tomorrow (I swear it’s for the book club book. Really. Honest.)

    I have a hard time with Good Reads, though I love it. I keep my books organized in a spreadsheet that is divided into four tabs (YA, Fiction, non-Fiction and children’s [I've been reading with my nine year old niece recently]).

    As for adding books to my TBR pile, I only add ones that I physically have. I have a list of “titles that pique my interest” that I HOPE I get to, since a lot of them looked interesting and there are several fantasy titles I want to get into.

    • Heidi says:

      I fall into the Kindle trap a bit too! I think those books are even easier to ignore than books on your shelf because they’re not there staring you in the face. I try only to actually purchase titles immediately before I’m ready to read them, and honestly I’m pretty good about not purchasing too many–but I do pick up a lot of freebies I never actually seem to read.

      I have a problem with overloading on library books too. I’m always prioritizing them above books that I own because they have due dates–but then I never read the ones I own! I’ve been trying to cut back substantially on my library requests lately, and it has helped.

  20. The TBR list I have on Goodreads is for my tangible TBR pile that’s haunting me in my closet at the moment. I have a Want list on Goodreads for books that look really interesting and I’d like to read eventually. That list is pretty small because I’m kind of picky about what I add. Mainly because I don’t want to be buried under my own love of reading.

    • Heidi says:

      Hahaha, honestly the idea of a tangible TBR haunting me in my closet is kind of terrifying…and I totally know wher eyou’re coming from. D:

      I know what you mean about not wanting to be buried, that’s part of what makes me compartmentalize so much.

  21. Have you thought about making a list like the one I did a few months back? (I don’t know if html works here but: http://www.thereadventurer.com/1/post/2012/02/110-books-i-have-every-intention-of-reading-next.html) Anyway, that is my version of your seriously-to-read list. I wrote a list of books that were an ACTUAL priority–gifts, series to finish, books people are always talking about, etc. It was in February and I’m at 11 or something so far. If you make an actual post and keep it on your blog, YOU WILL DO IT. Because creep shows like me will come here and check on your lists. (like I do with Bonnie on her list on Sweet Tidbits:)) Do it, I want to read your list and I want to cheer you on:)

    • Heidi says:

      Oh, oh! I never saw your list (until now, muahahaha), but I did see a couple of others do it at the time, like Holly from Book Harbinger. Yes! This is exactly the kind of thing I was talking about because honestly, a lot of books I fully intend to read aren’t even on my TBR because they’re series I’m in the middle of and have myself convinced I won’t forget.

      I think I WILL have to do this, because like you said, having it posted on the blog makes public accountability that much easier, and I’m more likely to DO it! Consider this a new project. :)

  22. HEIDI THIS IS THE BEST IDEA EVER. Now the test will be for me to actually MAKE this list and then actually READ the books on it. I feel like my READ ME NOW, DAMMIT! (this is the future name of my shelf, btw) shelf will constantly be changing cause I get a little moody with my books sometimes. But yes to this idea. :-)

  23. Chachic says:

    “Life’s too short not to read awesome books.” -> Yep, I wholeheartedly agree! And yes to you reading Sherwood Smith, Robin McKinley and Elizabeth Wein. Those are three of my favorite authors and I’d love to know what you think of their books.

    I have a bump up the TBR shelf on Goodreads but I haven’t been able to follow that recently. I also put up a post: http://chachic.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/listy-list-list-books-to-read/ but most of the books in that list are back home so I have no idea which ones I’ll be able to read before the year is out.

    • Heidi says:

      Yes! I remember that post. Flann’s been bugging me to make one, and I felt pretty stressed out after I started trying to do the 100 books I plan to read next thing as most of them were series and it just got to be too much really fast. I like how you’ve done it though, much more reasonable. Maybe I’ll tackle your method!

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