One problem that bookaholics are always dealing with is our never-ending to be read pile. I currently have more than fifty books waiting patiently for me to read them. Some of these books have been on my shelves forever.
With such a huge pile of books to be read you would think that I would stop buying more books but unfortunately I don’t work that way. I am easily swayed by other people’s recommendations, pretty covers and new release books surrounded by buzz and so my pile keeps growing and growing. Maybe I should stop sugar-coating it and just admit that I am greedy when it comes to books. I see, I want, I will maybe read it later.
On top of that are the books my husband reads and pleads with me to read as well. But there aren’t enough hours in the day to get to them all.
While some readers are disciplined and follow strict to be read lists (or read books in the order that they buy them), I am very much a mood reader. I read wherever my mood takes me.
If I am tired or low on energy I will choose a book that is light and fluffy and doesn’t require much effort to devour.
If I feel like a challenging read I will pick a classic or something literary–you know the type of book where you have to read each sentence twice to decipher its meaning.
If I want a quick read I will choose a popular thriller with a fast pace.
If a book is getting lots of love on bookstagram I will buy it and read it quick to avoid spoilers and so I can join the conversations. I love climbing onto a bookish bandwagon.
And sometimes I just want to revisit a favourite book so I will do a reread.
You can see why sticking to a particular reading list is just impossible for me. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with going where my reading mood takes me but I do need to get over my book buying guilt. I can only hope that the books I haven’t read yet will wait patiently for my attention. Maybe one day they will become my new favourite read.
How do you tackle your to be read pile? Tell me in the comments.