Back in May, I discovered, like most avid readers, I have problems tackling my never ending TBR lists. I was putting too many books on hold at the library and buying more books for my Kobo than I was reading. Things improved by the end of June but I still had more I wanted to accomplish. I found that by posting my goals on my blog, I was making a great and more conscientious effort to carefully select what books I read and when. So, I decided to make this a bi-monthly feature!
For July and August, I had 5 targets:
- Read a total of 6 ARCs (3 per month)
- Read 2 TBR jar items a week
- By the end of August, limit the number of library books I read to 1 a week
- By the end of August, have a maximum total of 10 books on hold at the library
- Execute my Trilogy Termination Blitz by end of August
So, was I successful? Here’s how I actually did!
Rule #1: Read a total of 6 ARCs/review copies
I read a total of 9 ARCs/Review copies in July and August. This was more than I had planned but it was just so easy to press that request button on Netgalley!
Rule #2:Read 2 TBR jar items a week
This one did not happen! To be honest, I kinda forgot about it! I read a total of 6 books from my TBR jar and that was mostly thanks to the Make Me Read it Readathon. That’s almost one a week but not nearly as much as I wanted to get done.
Rule #3:Limit library books I read to 1 a week by the end of August
This goes hand in hand with Rule 4 and I think I did a great job with this. By the end of August I had reduced my library holds so that I only had 2 eBooks out from the library during the first two weeks of September. And that was pretty fantastic considering earlier in the year, I could have had upwards of 5 books out at a time.
Rule #4: Have 10 Items MAx on hold at the library by end of august
I actually managed to get this done by July and dwindled down to 4–YES only 4! Considering I had more than 30 books on hold at one point this year, this number doesn’t seem real to me! It definitely helped that I made myself stop adding holds (there was the rare exception) to my accounts but it also helped that I read most, if not all, of the books I did have on hold.
RULE #5: Execute my trilogy termination blitz by end of august
This also didn’t happen, but because I met most of the other targets, I truly think I can start this in September!
So what did I learn?
I really love this having fewer holds at the library! Originally, I planned on no more than ten because I couldn’t fathom having any less than that on hold. But once I was down to five, I REALLY felt like I had more control over what and when I read. So I decided to cut the 10 to a maximum of 5 and only update the holds list once at the start of the month (instead of continuously having 5 on hold at all times). While I have an unending list of books I can put on hold, it doesn’t mean that I have to add them all or reach the maximum capacity for holds my library allows and that was a really important lesson for me to learn.
Also learned that summer book sales are killer for buying hiatuses…I bought more than I really should have but the deals couldn’t be beat! And most were to complete series I had already started/had so I did it for the sake of the blog 😉
My Game Plan for September & october:
With school starting, it’s hard to say if I am going to have more or less time to read. I’m easily distracted so I’ll probably read more than I should. Which is A-OK with me, I just want to be more proactive about it! I have some trilogies I want to finish (Trilogy Termination) in addition to clearing up my Kobo of unread books (which is what my TBR jar is).
So here’s my new game plan:
- Read a total of 2 ARCs per month
- this probably won’t start until October because I had a lot of carry over from August
- Read 1 TBR jar item a week for the rest of September; 2 for October
- unless I have multiple books for the pulled TBR selection if it’s a series
- Read only 1 Library Book per week
- exception to be made for my Trilogy Termination picks
- Read 7 of my 10 selected trilogy series for Trilogy Termination
- Only add books to my On Hold list at the start of each month
- For a total of 5 books between all libraries (3 continuing series; 2 new novels)
Was the summer kind to your tbr list? Or did you just add more? let me know below!