Do you ever feel pressure when you’re reading?
I do. A lot. As in, it’s a problem.
I feel completely stressed out when I take too long to read a book, or I’m not just knocking those guys down. Probably because I know I could never read all the books I want to, even if I lived to be one hundred and eleventy. But still, not a great idea to turn one of life’s greatest gifts into a task on the mental checklist.
One of the New Year resolutions I set in 2015 was to bring my TBR shelf on Goodreads from about 90, down to under 50. At the time, that seemed like a reasonable goal for the year, given that I knew I would read more books that weren’t on the shelf, especially new releases that didn’t have pages yet. But I think I’ve only knocked one off of it and we’ve already reached mid-March!
Part of the problem is that I naturally read thick, heavy books in winter (I have no idea why, it just happens). For example, right now I am working on a few text books because I went back to school for a semester to finish an old degree.
Then I’m also working on the third Game of Thrones audiobook, which has 82 chapters and is 48ish hours long! Craaaa-zy. I’m trying to finish it before the next tv season starts up in April, and I’m confident I’ll make it but it leaves no time for anything else.
Luckily, I’m in a position where I can take a bit of a break from school for the next two weeks, so I just ordered the first book in a series called Suddenly Royal, from Interlibrary Loan. It will be a great change from the heavy books I have been into this year and should be a quick way to knock a book off my TBR list, while adding one to my Goodreads challenge. I swear I am dedicated to my goals, but I think the challenge is a little skewed when it gives you the same credit for a 48 page novella as it does for a 1300 page tome.
When Suddenly Royal arrives, I’ll be sure to leave a review. Check back soon if you’re in the mood to hear about a little YA chick lit.