February 18, 2020

Bookish Ramblings

Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic is Books that gave me a book hangover, but I haven't had one of those in a while. I mean, I have to read so much so fast that I just don't get to have a book hangover. So that's off the table.

I was trying to think of things to talk about and I found several, so here we go.

I reorganized my books again this weekend. That being said, they are actually less organized that they were before. I reorganized them by size so I can get more books on the shelf. And it worked! I have a little spot free that could hold 3 or 4 books. Which is good because we went to the bookstore for Valentine's day and I bought a few. I bought The Last Namsara by Kristen Ciccarelli, Conveninece Store Woman by Sayaka Murata, and The Library of the Unwritten by A.J. Hackwith. I feel like there was one more, but I can't remember what it was.

I was looking over my book journal this weekend and realized that I had made a goal to read 12 books that I owned before 2020 began. I then promptly forgot about that while I was making my TBR lists for January and February. Luckily, this month's book club book was one I already owned. I've also read By the Book by Ramona Koval, The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, Hot Dudes Reading, and The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary. Ok I'm in the clear. I honestly didn't realize until just now that I had read 4 books I already owned this year. I will make an effort to add them to my TBR's going forward this year.

Remember how I said I was going to try to read The Mockingbird Next Door and if I didn't like it, I'd get rid of it? Yeah, I then got a book from the library which has taken its place on the TBR, so I have to decide what I'm going to do about that book. It's at the top of my TBR, meaning it's been there the longest, so I would like to get it off one way or another.

Another issue I have with my TBR is that the book that's at the top of the list is one that I can't read right now. And I probably can't read it until I'm done with my award reading in 2 years. It's called S. This is a weird book. It comes in a slip case because there are all kind of papers and what not in between the pages. I guess the idea is that this book was used by two people to share thoughts and notes. So there's the story, then there's the story that's written in the margins and on the slips of paper. I feel like this is going to take way more brain power than I have while I'm doing the award thing.

So my conundrum is that I want to get these books off my TBR that have been sitting there for 6 years, but I don't want to just get rid of them. And I'm not in a place where I can actually read them. I guess I could just skip down the list until I find one I feel like reading right now.

Also, I've spend February reading adult books (mostly) since I felt like I could take a break from reading the award books for a minute. I now feel refreshed and ready to tackle the YA books that have come in. So I guess it worked! Note to self for next year: take a break! I'm actually almost missing those YA books now.

What do you think about my conundrum to read books on my list? Should I force myself to go in order and satisfy my Type A-wesome personality, or should I give myself a break and read what I feel like reading at the time?