For the past three years, I've never really done a reading/book buying resolution. However this year has been a dire one in both aspects. One, I have noticed that I barely, and I mean barely read non review books. Second, I noticed that because I barely read non review books, and my buying habits, my physical TBR pile has accumulated to astronomical numbers. We're talking in the hundreds here. That's why I am implementing these rules.. eh.. guidelines to improve both my book reading and book buying habits.
Let's count my physical TBR (disappeared for half an hour). One thing, I am not counting ARCs that I received unsolicited or my sister read. I am only counting finished copies of books I am interested in reading. So the number amounts to 170 books. In a couple of years, with my rules, I think it is possible to have read or at least tried to read all the books I'm interested in that are on my shelves. Here are the rules that I've been following for the past two months:
Oh yes, It is the lovely Bookoutlet.. which some of us have gone crazy over. I personally have never really went all out and most of the books I bought were ones I actually want to read. However, many have exceeded the one year rule. Others, I've actually read in allotted time. For example, I bought Dark Triumph by Robin LaFevers last december and I read it this month. I am going to try including one book a month from my past book outlet hauls. Here are other rules I'm going to keep track of:
I think what's really propelling me to make this post and stick to my TBR is all the amazing books that I'm missing out on. I bought The Kiss of Deception as soon as it came out and I still haven't read it. It pains me that I still didn't. However I AM reading it this January. Other books include Me Before You by Jojo Moyes, Let the Sky Fall by Shannon Messenger, Trouble by Non Pratt, among many fluffy contemporaries that are one sit reads but all I'm thinking about is keeping up with my review pile. I am not being ungrateful, I am truly 200% grateful and privileged to receive advanced and finished books from publishers. However, I think the problem lies with my eagerness and that feeling of being special because you have that book early or read that book before everyone else. I'm trying to be very picky with my review books and I mostly only request one or two books, maximum, from every newsletter. Honestly, all I want is to follow the motto below:
Here are some guidelines.. heck, they are rules.. that I want to follow and stick to for this year.
My most important reading rule is this one:
To sum up this post. I am going to leave you all with one advice: I know it's hard, I really do. Especially if the book is a review book, especially if you are new to reviewing and don't want to be black listed from a review list.. but you know what? I've rated many books from all publishers one or two.. they know you can't enjoy every single book you read. For them, it is better that you DNF it and don't rate it. I personally only DNF-ed one book this year, and it was a non review NA title.. but still, I am going to really focus more on my enjoyment level and not so much on needing and having to finish said book just to add to my GR challenge or to please a publisher.