This discussion post was inspired by Chiara from Books From A Delicate Eternity’s post about prioritising reading. It really struck a chord with me and made me think about how I’ve changed my attitude towards reading.
Like many a bookworm, I have so many books waiting to be read. I don’t want to begin to add up both e-books and ‘real’ books because the numbers would SCARE me. No one wants that!
I’ve always had a bit of a struggle with deciding what to read. I have books that I pre-ordered because I was excited to read them…still sitting unread on my bookshelves. Eek. I also fell into that trap of wanting to request so many books on NetGalley and the like. I’ve got much better at that now-thankfully. I only request books I KNOW I’m going to be interested in. I feel I’m in a better place with my reading now. I make time for books I’ve bought and manage to fit in the ARCs too-albeit the balance is much better now I only request books I’m really looking forward to.
The way that I’ve done this is through prioritising and organising. I think it could be the teacher in me. I organise my ARCs much better. I try to read them in the last week of the month before they’re released. I then write my review and schedule it in for either release day or close to release day. This really works for me because as soon as I’ve went through the ARCs, I know the other 3 weeks of the month can be dedicated to books I want to read…which fits into my new found mood reader phase. It also means that I’m knocking books off my TBR list. I’m all about featuring a range of books on my blog- from new releases to kid-lit to older releases. Hopefully then, there’s something for everyone!
I also try to dedicate some reading time to working on reading series, so I try to have a focus on series every other month. I’ve got much better at this over the last year or so. It’s so rewarding to complete a series or find new ones to delve into. It also mixes up the reading/reviews so again, it’s a win-win situation for me.