I kid you not when I tell you that my to be read pile changes daily, and sometimes hourly. The list (you can check out here) is so long that it has books from 2006 that I still have yet to read. I know it makes sense to just remove the books I didn't read in the last 10 years, because the genres we like can change over time....I just can't bring myself to do it.
Im a hoarder! And i'm not afraid to admit it. I hoard in my #tbr list. I have reading recs from friends, and family along with books that #goodreads or #amazon sold me on. At the beginning of June, I made a #tbr list that was books I currently owned and wanted to get through by the end of the year. It had 60 books on it, even though my goodreads #readingchallenge was to only read 12 books this year (more on that here). After picking up books that had really catching blurbs on almost every trip I made to Walmart, and more recommendations from reader friends, my 2021 to be read quickly escalated to 100 books.
To a #bookhoarder and avid reader like myself a to be read pile can't be contained in a single list or photograph. There's this word in Japanese that I have fallen in love with because it pretty much sums up my #tbr. Tsundoku is used a couple of different ways but the one I prefer is used to refer to books ready for reading later when they are on a bookshelf. I even have a section on my bookshelf labeled Tsundoku.
Are you feeling overwhelmed by all of the choices and options out there, to the point where you just decide not to go read? I’m here to tell you that you are not alone. I sometimes avoid reading because there are just so many books I want to start with. Obviously decision making isn’t my strong suit or I would always know exactly what I want to read, when I want to read it. When I’m struck by those times of indecision that leads to disinterest I reach for what I call my comfort reads. They‘re the books I have read so many times that I can probably write them word for word at this point. They’re the books that no matter what kind of mood I am in, if I reach for one, I am suddenly back in the reading mindset and ready to tackle the next book on my #tbr.
A couple of my #comfortreads
The Hollows series by Kim Harrison
The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
The Cat and Bones series by Jeaniene Frost
Pretty much ANYTHING by Hailey Edwards
Seeing a trend? Ha ha I know I do. I love a good ass kicking female supernatural story and the 4 authors I’ve listed above really know how to draw me in with amazing world building and characters. I’d love to hear from you! What are your comfort reads? Have any favorite authors you think I should add to mine? I’d love to know how you organize or contain your #tbr pile.
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