Happy Tuesday, friends! Today’s topic from the awesome folks at The Broke and the Bookish is supposed to be the Top Ten 2016 Releases I Meant to Read But Didn’t (But Totally Plan To).
Good grief, y’all. Do you even KNOW how many books would be in this post if I listed all the ones from my TBR list that fit that criteria. (Since I never bother with pesky things like sticking with ten books) We would be overrun. I mean… Denise Hunter’s Summer Harbor series, Kara Isaac’s books (both of them!), the Drew Farthering books, Irene Hannon’s newest (both of them!). Argh. And that’s just off the top of my head. There are more. Oodles and oodles more.
So…. I tweaked the topic. (Yes, again) And I decided instead to give y’all some advice on what to do when your TBR pile becomes its own planet. I speak as one with experience.
1. DO NOT PANIC
This may seem rather self-explanatory but I cannot emphasize strongly enough how important this is. Panicking only leaves you at risk of being buried by an avalanche of books from said TBR planet. Stay calm and stay in constant communication with your planet.
2. Add more books to the TBR planet
I mean, you might as well. Because, let’s face it – it’s impossible not to add books to our want-to-read lists, right? We’re trucking along just fine and dandy, breaking our own reading records, when SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! Is that a new book by Carrie Turansky I just spied on Goodreads? (Why yes, actually, it comes out in February) And WHAT DID YOU JUST SAY?!? Did you just say that Jody Hedlund and Jen Turano and Roseanna M. White are all starting new series this year?!? (Yes, yes I did.) And then… you know … TUESDAY comes around and you visit everyone’s Top Ten Tuesday posts and … yeah. Just go ahead and keep adding books. Resistance is futile.
3. DO NOT PANIC
Seriously can’t stress this one enough. Panicking causes books to go unread, reviews to go unwritten, and blogs to die a sad, lonely death. Instead, keep calm and read another book!
4. Become a hermit
It’s not like you’ve been cleaning anyway. And if you’re going to make a dent in that TBR planet any time in the near or distant future, you really need to stop going out with friends. Or grocery shopping (move someplace where Amazon delivers fresh produce!). Church is fine… but go straight there and come straight back to the books.
5. DO NOT PANIC
I’m really not kidding here! Panicking uses valuable mental energy that you could be using instead to read and review and talk all things books with your friendly neighborhood blogger.
6. Put those books to good use
Landscaping is so tedious, particularly when it cuts into good reading time. Solve that problem – and avoid being overrun by all your books – and make a book tree. Or ten. And if you’re really feeling creative, make some book bushes and a nice book hedge. When you’ve mastered the art of landscaping with books, move on to furniture making!
7. DO NOT PANIC
This may seem repetitive by now, but I really want to make sure you understand the importance of this survival tip. In fact, the best way to ward off episodes of TBR-planet-induced anxiety is to curl up with a good book, your favorite hot beverage, and a comfy blanket and refuse to acknowledge the planet in the room. It’s also wise to approach the pileplanet as though you were involved in an intense life-or-death game of Jenga. But… remember … do NOT panic.
8. Spend an inordinate amount of time deciding how to organize your books
Now….at first glance this survival tip may seem like another waste of time, much like grocery shopping or socializing. However, don’t underestimate its importance in conquering the TBR planet! You see, organizing your bookshelves… again…. and then again … and maybe even once more … allows your inner nerd to relax while you are reading.
9. DO NOT PANIC
By now, I fully expect you to have recited this with me in unison and with a dose of rallying pride! It also helps to repeat in a soothing manner the following mantra, “It’s not hoarding if it’s books.” (The internet says so)
10. Tell your family you’ve enrolled in the Dr. Seuss School of Decorating.
In short…. embrace the TBR planet and let it embrace you! “Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks.“
So there you have it. My survival guide to help you face your TBR planet and live to tell the story. Speaking of stories… I have several to read….
What about you? What’s your favorite tip for surviving the out-of-control TBR pile?