Monday, 5 June 2017
The TBR List
Everyone has a list of books they want to read at some point. I'm convinced of it.
It's like an unwritten law of the universe that even non-readers subscribe to.
I firmly believe everyone has at least one book they've looked at, or heard about, and thought to themselves, 'Yep, I'm going to read that at some point'.
Being a bookworm, I am no exception to this unwritten law of the universe. In fact, I am an extreme example of this law of the universe.
Back before ebooks became a thing, I was in my local bookstore multiple times a week. Then I discovered amazon and I added a delivery - or five - of books a week.
It was awesome and it was simple because I bought a book and then I read it then moved onto another one.
The early days of ebooks didn't change my reading habits much.
I was an early adopter of ebooks, originally reading them on my other halves tiny little pocket assistant using Microsoft Reader (does that still exist?!). But back when ebooks where new and the place to buy them was ereader.com, I still preferred actual books. Ebooks were there only for a quick fix if I had nothing to read at eleven o clock at night, using them didn't change the habit of buying books. Not even the purchase of my first proper ereader (a Sony) changed it.
Probably because it was an absolute faff to load books onto... But that's not the point.
What is the point is that what changed my book buying habits, and my reading habits, was my first ever kindle.
I started off quite well behaved with my kindle.
My book buying shifted from physical sales to electronic purchases but I still operated on the simple principle of buy a book, or two, then read them before buying more.
As time went on the availability of ebooks exploded and with emergence of indie publishing the variety of books available, unfettered by publishing trends, was incredible.
It was a bookworm's dream come true!
But then the market became 'saturated' (not my opinion but seems to be a popular one) and this lead to the 99p sale trend, the free book trend and many many other things which meant I developed some really bad habits.
Like 1-click, click, clicking away all the time.
It meant that the painstaking process with which I selected my books, and spent my hard-earned cash, went out the window.
I stopped being as fussed with how I selected my books.
I didn't need to worry about space since it was an ebook and if it's free or 99p what does it matter if it sits on the kindle for you to 'read later'.
It matters a lot.
The reason it matters is because I never read them!
My old system of book buying was based on buying a book to read now, because it suited the mood I was in now, and it got read because I'd bought it to read, not to keep for later on a little device on which it'll get pushed down the list by the next bunch of 'buy to read laters' and then forgotten about, which is what happened with the majority of all the 'cheap reads' and freebies.
My kindle is cluttered with books I've never read and probably never will.
I need to do a purge but I can't bring myself to do it.
Instead, I've painstakingly went through my kindle and added every single book that I have never read to a list and my mission is to work my way through it.
The challenge is that for most of the books - almost all the books - I have no idea what the bloody hell they are about or whether they'll still sound appealing to me.
For a good bunch, I don't even recognise the name of the author.
But I'm going to work my way through that list...
I know that I'm going to find new books that I'm going to want to read immediately, including new releases within current series' that I read, so I'm allowing myself to buy them with the caveat that new books are 'read it when I buy it'.
There will be no more buying to read at some point.
No more, I'll read it later.
If I buy a new book, it gets read.
Writing this post also prompted me to look through my bookshelves at home and I'm horrified to discover that even though my book buying has focused mainly on ebooks the past 5 years, I have still accumulated a lot of paperbacks that I haven't read.
The number is significantly smaller than with the ebooks because most of the time if I buy a physical copy of a book I buy it to read with no delay... But not always, obviously.
The simple fact is that I am a book-hoarder and that is fine... But I feel that if you own a book, you should read it.
Thus, I am now a girl on a mission!
Now, be honest with me. I can't be the only one who has this problem, right?
Take a look through your ereader and leave me a comment below letting me know I'm not alone!
I'd love to hear about the size of your TBR pile.