This Thursday PHS editor Donna Alward tries to determine what to pluck next from her TBR....
If I've come to realize one thing about romance readers - and writers - over the last few years, it's that we ALL have a TBR. A to-be-read pile. A giant stack, or shelf, or box, or whatever, of all the books waiting to be devoured. Because let's face it, there are so many books. So little time.
When I see some of the counts of people participating in the eharlequin challenge, I feel really inadequate. It's August and they are counting their reads in the hundreds. Not me. I'm at about fifty books for the year, which is much better than last year's grand total of fifty-six. Will I make one hundred? I don't know. But I do know that reading fifty, sixty, or even seventy books is quite a number.
But I do what I can, between running after kids, keeping up with the house and yard, and oh yes, WRITING.
I have certain parts of my tbr "system" that are organized - for example, I keep a notebook with all the titles of my tbr and I check them off when they've been read and reviewed for eharlequin. Each one is numbered too. I'm currently at nearly 100 since the beginning of the year - ones I started with and then each new purchase or gift added in.
Other parts are not organized at all. Research and craft books are on one shelf, fiction on another, but other than that, my tbr shelves are not organized at all. And neither are my choices.
Do any of you have a system for conquering your tbr? Do you organize by date of publication? Purchase date? Author groupings? Genre? Alphabetical? It occurred to me that there are tons of ways to tackle that growing pile (and as much as I say I'm not going to add to my tbr, somehow it keeps growing!).
My current system, or lack of, is to look at the shelf and read what grabs me at the moment. If I am really pressed for time, I grab a few category romances for quicker reads. But I have some new historical single titles taunting me, as well as a book on craft and some research books and some women's fiction.....Decisions decisions!
How in the world do YOU decide what to read next?
Donna's next release is a holiday story, coming in November! Yeah, it's early to be excited about snow, and Christmas carols and all the rest that goes with it, but she can't resist - not with this great cover! MONTANA, MISTLETOE, MARRIAGE is out in hardback in September and in stores in November.