This post is slightly inspired by Niki @The Obsessive Bookseller who posted about her new method for tackling her TBR list. I had always planned to tackle my TBR list this summer but her post inspired me to take a more definitive route of action. I’ve tried various ways to tackle my growing TBR list (it was one of my major New Year’s Resolutions this year) but so far, my attempts have been futile.
So while I have a few personal goals (like finishing my t-shirt quilt and learning Spanish) for the summer, my main focus is tackling my purchased TBR list. This is my last true summer vacation as a student (I have a summer semester next year for school) so I REALLY wanted to get the majority of my books read when I have the time to read copious amounts of books and write the subsequent reviews.
For my plan of action, I had to ask myself: why do I not read the books I buy? It’s not a matter of finding the time to read (I still average 3-4 books a week) so what is it?
- I have WAYYYYYY to many books on hold at the library. It’s actually embarrassing since I have a spreadsheet to keep track of them all. I find that most of the books I am reading are because I have the eBooks checked out from the library and I have to read them before they expire. (And Murphy’s Law dictates that multiple books become available at once so that also adds to the problem). It’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s just something that takes up all my reading time.
- I buy too many books–-more than I manage to read. Honestly, who doesn’t have this problem? I blame Kobo and their awesome contest periods where I win promo coupons and subsequently do a bulk purchase.
Once I identified these as the source, it was time to come up with a game plan for May and June (so that I would be in better shape for July and August when I would reevaluate). And here it is:
- For the last half of May and the entire month of June, no books shall be added to my holds lists at my libraries. I will put novels on my wishlist reads instead to add at a further time.
- No buying books for the entire month of May and June. (The slight exception is if it is a series I select from my TBR jar and need the sequel to complete the review or a book goes on sale for $1–I’m not missing out on saving money!).
- I can browse freebies but can only grab sequel books that I already have or I have had it on my wishlist.
- Read at least 1 book from my TBR jar a week.
Hopefully, this will get me in shape for July and August when I can make a significant dent in my Kobo purchase list (I’m going to do a second post with my new game plan). I would love to use Netgalley more and read some of the freebies I’ve acquired over that last few months, but with my current system, it’s just not going to happen. In an ideal world, I would read one library book, one purchased book and one freebie/ARC per week. But it’s hard when I write a series review blog and have to read multiple books to write one review. Plus, I enjoy series a lot more when I can read all of the books at once and not have to wait–or try to remember what happened in the previous book–for the next book. So we will see how this goes!