Some time in January or perhaps it was early February, I decided to commit to reading a specific number of books via the Goodreads book challenge (45) because I feel over the last couple of years I’ve been off my game (and by game I mean total books read in a year – it’s like my RBI). In the past I made time for reading, and over the last couple of years my life got way more hectic and as a result my reading – and writing time suffered. Part of my goals for 2016 was to read more and commit myself to things I feel passionate about. No more bake sales – unless they involve a library or something and definitely no more useless time spent in meetings where I’m thinking – I’d rather be reading. A few weeks ago I shared my current TBR pile which in reality – is more like a shelf (I told you I’ve been off my game) via Instagram. Over the last month or so ask me how many of these books I’ve read?
That’s not to say I’ve not read any other books…
No, I’ve certainly been reading. Over the last few weeks I’ve finished about 4 and have started 3 so I’m all good in the reading department – but I totally suck at narrowing down this to be read pile – because I keep adding MORE books! I have a disease.
So if you’d like to not tackle your To Be Read Book List, Pile, or Shelf do the following.
- Make your life so busy you have little time for books. (Is life even worth living?) I don’t recommend this. I tried it. It sucked. My soul hurt.
- Keep adding more books to your list, pile, or shelf. I can not seem to not add more books in. I say, I won’t buy or borrow, or commit to any other books – but apparently I have no will power when it comes to books.
- Spend your time doing other things like binge watching Downton Abbey.
- Leave your house – but honestly books are mobile and you can even listen to a book so – this is not a good excuse.
- Eat. Sleep. Shower. Stupid necessities that can get in the way of reading books.
- Buy all the books you can afford.
- In daily conversations with friends you mention an author or series you really want to read. The next day, they show up with a book or books or entire series (because you have awesome friends!)
- Grab books from your local coffee shop – where lovely people leave their previously read books.
- It’s inevitable, your favorite authors will keep writing more books.
- You’ll discover new authors to love, and well they’ll get added to your list.
My life is hard.
If you’d like to check out my challenge for the year (it was only 45 books) click over to Goodreads
How to you successfully or unsuccessfully tackle your “to be read” list, pile, or shelf?