OK, this is probably going to sound weird, even for me, but...do you ever succumb to The......Reflex? (And I'll forgive those of you who immediately think of Duran Duran, because I did when I named this phenomenon, hence the video [she says hopefully] for your viewing pleasure).
It's like this....your TBR list/pile/tower is groaning under its own weight, your eyes are starting to look like those of a deer in headlights and you've developed this twitch and starting looking anywhere but at your TBR list/pile/tower. It's there...you know it's there....but you just can't look at it because then you'd have to face the fact that it is a...MONSTER! And that's when The Reflex (yes, it needs capitals :) kicks in. You have to trim it. You just have to! It's a compulsion. So you do...and the trickle becomes a flood!
It happened to me today. I was staring at my library hold list, which totalled 95...and I started sweating. (Or should woman dew? I can never remember.) Anyway, I've been fighting this anti-obsession (I'm not sure what else to call it exactly) with paranormal romance/urban fantasy for a month or two. Plus...I'm also losing the will to live over fantasy, perhaps because the weight of the fantasy series I am currently reading (I'm about to start the fifth book) is starting to wear me down. (In all honesty, even though I've been massively indulging over the Christmas-New Year period, all I feel like reading is m/m romance :) All of this came to a head earlier today, I snapped and The Reflex kicked in...and I began trimming (or should that be hacking?) the library hold list. I started with 95 books...and ended up with 70 books. I snipped off 25 books! Yes, 23! Am I mad? YES! Do I feel relief at submitting to The Reflex? Well, yes? Do I feel guilty for not reading those books? No! (See, I'm learning :) And in reality that 70 is actually 68 as two of my library holds are DVDs. Am I worried about missing out on good books, or regretting my decision. Well, yes. But...those books exist and I can always go back, but as I keep repeating to myself....I should read what I want to read :)
So, have you ever succumbed to The Reflex?
Edited to add: Magic Slays is still on the library hold list, as in Archangel's Consort! I'm insane, not an idiot *grin*