Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme, that is hosted by Rukky @Eternity Books and Dani @Literary Lion. It’s a chance to discuss certain topics, share opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts.
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This weeks prompt is
PUTTING OFF BOOKS YOU ACTUALLY WANT TO READ
suggested by Jillian @ The Bookish Butterfly
Do you ever put off the books you actually want to be reading? What do you end up reading instead? Why do you put off the books that you would rather read for other stories? Do you treat reading books you’re excited for as a reward?
often sometimes find myself putting off reading books that I actually want to. The main reason over the past few years has been due to my addiction of signing up for arc books leaving me no with no free time. There have been occasions where a fear of missing out, a lack of self control or an over eagerness of grabby hands mean I’ve needed to read 3 or 4 books in one week. The last 18 months has seen me make a concerted effort to reduce that level of commitment. I’ve unsubscribed from PR company emails, left quite a few author arc groups and actively avoid sites where arc books can be requested/ downloaded.
For a good three years, I had so many arc books to complete, I rarely got to read any of the books I was choosing to purchase. It reached the point where I had over 300 e-books that I had bought but not read because, quite simply, I never had the time to do so. Even worse is that I know I am unlikely to read a good proportion of those books as my reading tastes have changed in the interim.
This year, I made a bookish resolution to actually reduce the number of unread-but-paid-for books on my kindle and, whilst the reduction isn’t huge, I have made steady progress on that front. There are still times when I end up with more arc books to read than I would like. Sometimes this is because, coincidentally, several authors I still arc read for all have releases at the same time, other times it’s because I’ve fallen off the wagon. Like many book addicts I still haven’t completely weaned myself off of arc reading, though my excuse is that it does allow me to read most new releases from my favourite authors. My fear is that I otherwise will not get to read them.
For a while I was still buying new releases from authors I’ve enjoyed previously, books that friends recommended, or just ones that caught my eye. However I realised this was just adding to my problems and I was running the risk of never reading them. I’m still tempted when I see a TBR book on sale, but I know that they probably will go back on sale again in the future and also that the world won’t end because I haven’t bought it. In particular I learnt my lesson when I bought a trilogy of books from an author I enjoyed in the past. By the time I got around to trying book 1, and deciding I really disliked it, I was no longer able to return any of them for a refund. Thankfully all had been released at a reduced price, so it wasn’t too expensive a lesson, but it was a salutary one.
An unexpected side effect of cutting back on “commitment reads” is that when I find myself with free reading time I actually can’t decide which of those 300+ books to read! For so long my reading has comprised of “I need to get this read asap”, that I seem to have lost the ability to go with the reading flow! I’ve ended up doing re-reads of old favourites because it’s less intimidating than trying to prioritise my horrendous TBR list.
Sometimes I put off those books I want to read because I don’t actually have the time to read them. Sometimes it’s because the choice is too overwhelming. And then there are those occasions when I just want to read brain fluff.
So, are you a book procrastinator or do you read as you please?