Like all die-hard readers, my TBR (To-Be-Read) list is like a rolling red carpet with no sight of an end. We, prose-junkies and book cover junkies, keep adding and adding and adding (and adding…..) books to our perpetual TBR list/shelf. The only way we could ever finish all those books is if someone turned us into vampires or we suddenly stumbled upon the fountain of immortality and drank from it. (Yes, please)
Time. Ah, that ever elusive fourth dimension. Time is what we never have enough of.
Making my way through my TBR list is NOT like a shopkeeper restocking goods—the old gets shuffled to the front and the new to the back, with the intent that the old goods get sold first. Oh, no, like those new goods stored at the back, the books I previously added to my TBR list get forgotten and the old goods aka the recent additions to my TBR list get all the attention. It’s no wonder the old-previously-added books pack up and move to Iceland in a snit from the little love I give them. (My poor babies, I am so sorry. Come back from Iceland, it’s frigid there).
So this year, I decided to be like those shoppers who grab the goods in the back with the latest manufacturing date and the longest expiry date instead of the ones displayed in front. (Am I the only one who does this or does everyone?)
I AM GOING TO TAKE MY TBR LIST BY STORM.
As disciplined as a drill sergeant, I’ll read all those books I previously added as To-Read and forgot all about when new, shiny books caught my eye.
To make sure I persevere, I created an excel worksheet with a list of the titles of those forgotten books gathering dust in my TBR list and added the new books I intend to read among them. I will select at random but make sure those books are read. I’ve been super busy on Goodreads, creating new shelves for series and trilogies so when I get to them, I will have no trouble following the reading order.
Queen of Ruthless Organization, go me!
Here’s to a more productive year, both in my reading and writing. Mazel Tov.