04 May 2009

Traffic Jam!

If I may be so bold as to borrow a phrase from the lovely Kati (Katidom), I have a TBR traffic jam! Do I read the next book on my TBR list (I follow a 'first on, first off' policy) or should I read a new release (my library has received its copies of both Fragile Eternity [Melissa Marr] and Lover Avenged [JR Ward])? (Because, honestly, how long does everyone think I can keep my head buried in the sand to avoid spoilers?) And what about those books that I have won (Blue Diablo)? Where do they fit? And what about books that are only half-way up my TBR list but a friend has started reading? If I read the same book, then we can discuss it...because is there anything more frustrating than reading a book and realising that no one else has read it within recent memory and you can't discuss it?

WARNING! MELTDOWN IMMINENT!

Have you ever experiences a TBR traffic jam and, if so, how do you sort out the snarl? Perhaps I should have a list of every book I am going to read, regardless of where it is from? (I currently use my library hold list, which by definition is limiting...) And should reading really be this stressful?

14 comments:

  1. I feel for you. I just went about blind reading Lover Avenged, which, surprisingly, I didn't hate. SHOCK! AWE!

    But I know how it is to have a TBR traffic jam. Sucks sideways!

    Good luck, my friend!

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  2. I'm glad to hear that LA went down OK with you Kati..I'm very tempted to move it up the list, especially considering my library now has its copies - I pimped the series to one of the librarians and she was gleefully waving her copy at me on Friday. I was green! And it's about Rhev, and I've been hanging out for his book :)

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  3. Orannia, I totally, totally know your pain. I have probably close to 200(!) in the tbr pile and it's killing me. I want to take a week off and just read, so I feel some control, but I know I'd not just read, so it would be useless.

    Right now I've got a bunch of books for review, so that helps me choose. Now that I'm going on a business trip, I'm going to take a few books that I don't plan to review, either for RNTV or my blog. It lessens the burden a bit *g*

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  4. Reading should not be stressful, it's about relaxation, entertainment, enjoyment.

    I refuse to count the books in the TBR mountain range (they breed, I tell you!) but I have a looooooooonnnng list of books I've promised myself I'd review, since I've gotten them through giveaways and such, so I try to read at least one from the list for every two books I read just because.

    I don't always make it, and sometimes the reviews are "late" (as per my own timetable) but it helps keeping the balance between enjoying what I read (me, mood reader, after all) and fulfilling my self imposed obligation to review.

    erm... did that even make any sense?

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  5. I'm with AL... That dang TBR breeds and sometimes it's offspring is TBB!

    Since I'm never sure what I want to read I usually buy used for those I don't HAVE to read right away!

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  6. This is why, when all else fails and I can't cope with making a decision, I resort to the random number generator. If it hits something I really, really don't feel like reading, I'll do it again, but I've usually got a book picked for me on the first go.

    Although right now I have a book I want to pick up from my bookseller asap, which will jump the queue I'm pretty sure;

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  7. Stacy - I too would love to take a week off and just read...but I know other things will intrude...

    Azteclady/Aymless - I agree, sometimes I think they breed...or at the very least I add books as often as I read them, meaning the list size never changes! And I like the 2:1 idea Azteclady!

    And I like the idea of the random generator Kerry...although I kind of feel like I should read the books that have been on the list the longest :) That way I don't have to make a decision, which I'm useless at :)

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  8. Objection, your honor!

    Ms orannia ain't useless at making decisions--she just have a hard time doing it.

    Proof's in the pudding and all that, so don't go putting yerself down, me friend, or I'll get mean *narrowing eyes menacingly*






    *cough*

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  9. *narrowing eyes menacingly*YIKES!

    Ummm...Objection sustained :)

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  10. You could do what I do, Orannia, when the tbr gets too intimidating.. Buy a new book and read that one. :) Hey, it works! LOL.

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  11. *stand behind AL, arms folded, nodding*

    Kerry: That sounds like a good idea. I'd probably have to roll a couple of time before it landed on something I want to read now.

    Kris: Love that idea! Hey. I think that's my problem.

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  12. Kris, I think that sounds like a highly dangerous solution. But a fun one - says the person who bought four books today and has her eye on another one.

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  13. Kris' solution does souns highly dangerous...but also rather tempting :) I LIKE IT!

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