Saturday, May 31, 2014

All about my (very long) TBR pile

Lately, I’ve seen a few other authors talking about their TBR (To Be Read) lists so I thought that might be a good topic to write about as well. I have a HUGE TBR pile—it’s kind of crazy actually. Some of the books have been sitting around on my shelves for years, just waiting for me to pick them up.  They remind me a bit of the unused toys in Toy Story that get sad when they’re never played with.  It’s not because they’re uninteresting or poorly written—in fact, many of the books are classics—but I always have to prioritize what I’m reading based on what I’m writing at the time.  For example, a few years back, I was writing a MG novel so I went out and bought a bunch of similar books so I’d know what was being published. I read many of them, but not all, and now that I’ve shifted over to YA I just don’t have enough time to read MG.  I actually really love a lot of MG novels though so it makes me sad.  One of my favorite MG authors is Jessica Day George.  She writes such fun novels full of princesses, dragons, castles, and all kinds of fantasy mischief.  I wish her books had been out when I was young because I would have eaten them up.  I buy everything she writes, but I’ve just gotten a bit behind in reading it all.

I’ve also had The Casual Vacancy from JK Rowling on my book shelves since Christmas at least.  I love JK Rowling (of course, since everyone in the world loves her), but again it’s hard to find time to read anything but YA. Speaking of YA, man oh man, do I have a lot of that to read.  I can never keep up despite the fact that it’s all I read. I’m still working on Allegiant even though it’s been out for months and I’m listening to Linger (the second book in Maggie Stiefvater’s series)…which has also been out forever.  And don’t even get me started on John Green.  I’m so behind on his novels it’s embarrassing.  I love his writing, but maybe I’m so behind because every time I start reading one of his novels I can’t help but compare my writing to his.  As you can imagine, that’s not a good comparison for my writing ego! 

Not only do I have this big stack of old-fashioned paper books sitting on my shelves, I also have a huge (and completely different) list of books to read on my e-reader and another list for audio.  I have a weird hang-up where once I start a series in one medium, I’m very reluctant to read the subsequent books in a different one.  For instance, I could have easily read a hardcopy version of Reached by Allie Condie years ago, but I’d listened to the first two as audiobooks so I had to stubbornly wait until I could find the third book on tape as well.  Don’t get me wrong, I love living in a time when I have the ability to read books in different mediums (particularly now that I can also read on my phone!) but sometimes all of these conveniences can be a hassle too. 

My goal is to make at least a tiny bit of headway over the summer. I’m behind my usual quota of finishing a book every 2 weeks (which isn’t particularly impressive for a wanna-be writer to begin with) so I better crack the whip.  No more blogging for tonight—time to go read.  J

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