I admit it. I have a serious case of book envy going on now. Yesterday and this morning I went through the list of blogs taking part in the Stacking the Shelves meme over at Tynga’s Reviews.
Oh. My. Goodness.
Not only did I find some really interesting new (to me) book blogs to follow — but the books. Oh, the books. And this is only January. My book envy is going to go supernova come July!
I saw at least 50 books that I really want to read. 50. Whew, that’s a lot of reading material plus what is in my to read pile. And we both know that there will be more fantastic novels coming out soon so what’ a book-aholic to do?
The best we can. Really. I love reading, I love putting together this website telling you about the books I’ve read. But, in all honesty, it is so hard to keep current being a one woman blogger here.
When a book really grabs me I can finish it in one day, maybe two. An average book reading time for me is between two or three days. Then there are the ones that just drag because I cannot get into the book – at all. I hate, really hate, to not finish a book. It might not be to my taste, but someone poured their heart and soul into creating it and I probably plopped down my hard earned money to buy it — so I should finish it. So I usually completely read most novels in my piles. I may not love it, but someone else might so I feel obligated to read, review and let the comments fall where they may around here.
Yet there is that occasional one that I simply cannot read one more word of. I’m sorry to those authors, but the book stinks. Badly. The one thing I will not do on this website is name those DNF books. I can’t because someone created it and someone else might find it to be the most awesome book they have ever read. I do not want my experience with DNF books to influence someone else.
I can hear some people say, “If it stinks you should tell people”. Okay, maybe. But, here’s the thing. I have never, ever been able to finish War and Peace. I cannot connect to that book. On the other hand, I read Gone With The Wind once each and every year. Both are considered classic novels and worth reading at least once by many people. So who am I to say that a book stinks and belongs in a did not finish pile when someone, somewhere may think it’s a new classic?
My reading schedule for this year is simple. I vow to get to the bottom of my To-Be-Read pile and do my best to keep up with currently released novels.
I know I am going to suffer from book envy throughout the year – I accept that. But, I plan to do a lot of reading, reviewing and posting this year… because of my serious book envy (or in spite of it.) 🙂
How ’bout you? Are you visiting book blogs and just drooling over novels that you want in your to-read-pile? (me too)