Before I start my Top Ten Tuesday post today, I want to give a shoutout to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting the topics & linkups for the past seven years. They are retiring for now but Top Ten Tuesday will go on, thanks to That Artsy Reader Girl!
Now, on to today’s topic: Books We Didn’t Read (But Totally Meant To) in 2017. It’s sad but true…. my TBR pile is bigger than my ability to keep up with it (understatement of the millenium). So instead of listing the books I wanted to read last year but didn’t get to (because we would be here a while), I thought I would ‘fess up to WHY even the most avid of bookworms just can’t tame their TBR piles.
1. Writers gonna write.
I mean, it really isn’t my fault that I don’t get all the books read because THEY KEEP WRITING MORE!! For every book I take off my TBR pile, at least 10 more take its place. Because the quality of Christian fiction (and cozy mysteries and clean fiction) keeps going up… and so does my TBR pile. And, trying to eliminate the ‘just ok’ reads for the sake of time is getting more and more difficult because the number of ‘just ok’ reads on my radar is less and less. To be honest, though, I’m so thankful for all the authors who are writing such fantastic books – even if I haven’t read them yet 🙂
2. Sometimes I’m forced to socialize.
I know, right? And I’ve been told that reading at social-type events is generally frowned upon. What’s up with that? Aaaaand… not everyone reads for fun (Gasp!) so I’m also discouraged from turning these events into a book club. Go figure.
3. Reviews don’t write themselves.
Book blogging really is hard work – and it takes up a lot of time! If I just read and didn’t blog or review, I would actually get a lot more books read. BUT… then I wouldn’t get to hang out with all y’all and that would be sad. And I don’t like sad. Happiness is much more fun 😀
4. Goodreads is a temptress
(and so are ‘coming soon’ lists)
I just… ok, I admit. I have a problem. I see a book previously undiscovered OR I get caught up in the bookworm heaven that is Relz Reviewz ‘coming soon’ cover reveal posts (by publisher) and … well… I just lose my mind. Before I know it, my TBR list has grown by at least 100 books!!! Is there a cure for this?? (If there is, don’t tell me. I like living in these delusions)
5. The pretty book covers call to me.
This is very closely related to point #4. I’m a sucker for a book with a cover that catches my eye. Sometimes, in fact, that’s all it takes. A blog tour email arrives in the inbox and… HELLO PRETTY COVER! Aaaaaaaand just like that I’ve signed up for another book i don’t have time to read. (But they’re so pretty)
6. But … it was on sale!
Book sales are my kryptonite, y’all. If I think I’m getting a good deal on a book, I can hardly resist. I’m trying to be better about this lately because I. have. so. many. books. in my house already. Even (dare I admit it) a couple of unopened boxes from CBD just because the sale price was so good! But it keeps me from reading all the books i want to read because I get overwhelmed by the sheer volume of books I own but haven’t read yet and I crawl into a corner and whimper.
7. All my fave authors seem to release books in the same week.
This is the single greatest reason that well-intentioned book bloggers get hopelessly behind. Even those of us with reading superpowers just can’t keep up when 10 authors release their new books ALL AT THE SAME TIME. Especially when you’ve promised each of those 10 authors that you’ll review their book – before you looked at release dates. Hey y’all – the struggle is real 😛
8. I’m not so good with math.
This is somewhat related to #7. Words are my thing…. not so much the numbers. So I don’t always stop to consider how many books I’ve already committed to or how many books are releasing in the same day/week/month/year. This leads to my current problem – more books on my to-read list than I will ever manage to read in one lifetime haha!
9. I NEED MORE TIME!!
Even if I found some self-discipline when it comes to books and even if I figured out to make math work for me and even if I convinced all the authors and publishers to release books one at a time…. the fact remains that I would still need more time. I read almost 350 books last year and I still didn’t have time to read a bunch of books I really wanted to read. Until we figure out how to stop time while we read (oh wouldn’t that be lovely!!!), we’ll always have more books than time left at the end of the year.
10. The best laid plans
Math trauma & time limitations notwithstanding, sometimes the best laid plans go awry. Life interrupts. People interrupt (you’d think they’d learn… but no). God interrupts. And at least for 2017 my reading plan got interrupted every time I turned around. It happens, fellow bookworms. And that’s ok. Because sometimes (brace yourselves) there are more important things than the next book on your TBR pile. (I feel a little faint after saying that)
But in all seriousness, dear friends, read what you love & read what you can & be present in the life that God’s given you – the good, the bad, and the ugly. Release yourself from the pressure to read ALL THE BOOKS that came out in 2017 and ALL THE BOOKS that come out in 2018. And I’ll try to do the same ♥