Recently I've been taking Saturdays off, as far as posting on this blog. I thought maybe Saturday would be a good day for a discussion post, at least when I have something to discuss.
I've been think a lot about what I call my "reading balance" lately. It seems I've gotten myself in a rut by reading only advanced review copies or books that have recently released. This is great fun for me -- having all kinds of books from NetGalley, Edelweiss, authors, and publicists to read in advance of publication.
But, I work in a library surrounded by hundreds of books I want to read someday. I have a couple of them checked out, just sitting here waiting. And, I have my own books that I've bought, or won, or been given. I have them because I want to read them. But I'm constantly tempted by what's new--what's just coming out.
So, how do you strike a balance? I have this handwritten list of all the ARCs I have, and the date they publish. I try to keep up, so I'm posting a review before or shortly after release date. I'm getting farther behind on the list -- and I'm seeing less and less gaps in the schedule where I can read something older.
It's starting to bug me. I need to do something, but I'm having trouble saying no. I've thought about just not viewing those Waiting on Wednesday posts, or the In My Mailbox meme. But that's no fun. I can't give that up. Plus I still get all those emails from publishers telling me what's coming out, so I'd still find out.
What do you do? How's your "reading balance?" Any suggestions for me?
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