This is going to sound ridiculous. Since starting this blog, being on Goodreads, and just getting approved with Netgalley my “To Be Read List” has grown exponentially and it’s causing me real stress.
When I first created a “To Be Read” list, about a year ago, I intentionally I wanted to keep it small. I hate lists because they tend to become “To Do” lists. (Excuse me a moment, I have to get rid of the terrible taste that left in my mouth.) It was crucial to me to be able to remember each book added and why I added it. The only way I knew I could do this was to keep it contained. It had to be doable, and my memory isn’t fantastic.
Lately, I’ve been reading wonderful reviews from great bloggers and the reading community at large. This list has grown to a towering metaphorical stack. I have no idea what half the books are about or where they came from anymore. I’m tempted to go in and delete some, but I know I added them for a reason. I’m choosy! I know I am. – What am I supposed to do with 148 books, and these are only the official ones on my TBR list – not ones that get picked up on a passing fancy in my audible wish list or kindle account. I’m a touch overwhelmed.
I recently just got approved for Netgalley. I couldn’t be happier…but, I requested five books because I figured maybe only one of the publishers would approve me because I was so new. That didn’t happen and now there is stress and obligation, or at least I feel stress and obligation.
My most loved hobby and stress reliever is slowly morphing into a lurking monster of guilt. In all fairness, I am a worry wart by nature and it doesn’t take a lot to tug on the strings of guilt for me. My lovely books – my friends, however, are not allowed to morph into ‘The Guilt Beast.’ Also, I want this! I love the opportunity to be part of the process of reading new authors and Netgalley. I’m not giving it up.
On the other hand, I have been adding two books a day, at least, to my list and I don’t see that changing with all the good books and reviews you have provided. I’ve been chipping at it consistently but I’m not seeing the progress. Please tell me you have some idea of what I should do about this! I’m quite literally begging for your help…I know it sounds humorous, but it isn’t, at least not to me…
Thoughts, comments, ideas??? I’m looking at you reading community.