Last week I spent some time organizing my TBR spreadsheet (you remember the one). I weeded some titles I was no longer interested in, went through to check if any I’d previously marked as not being at my library were added to the collection, and picked my next batch to add to my short list for the new year.
That last step quickly started growing out of control. I admit it, even with all of my neurotic attempts to keep my TBR manageable, I still sometimes get caught up in an ADD ALL THE BOOKS! frenzy. But there are just so many factors to consider this time around.
First of all, the next Bout of Books is coming up the first week in January, and I realized that I didn’t have nearly enough selection of short, quick, fun titles on my list. So I added a bunch of books along those lines.
I also added several titles from those authors I already know and enjoy, because I realized I’ve been so focused on newer releases and new-to-me authors lately that it’s been months since I’ve done any backlist reading.
Then there are the World Book Night books. Last year I read a few of the titles from the list, and I plan to do the same thing again next year… only I wanted to get a jump on it this time around. So, even though World Book Night isn’t until April (and I have no real intention of even taking part), I’m adding them to my TBR now.
And then there are just those books that jump off the screen at me, saying, “Now’s the time! Read me!” Normally I try to limit these to a few a month, but I don’t know if it’s the whole new-year/fresh-start thing or what, but… yeah, I found myself quickly overwhelmed and couldn’t figure out which books to cut. So I just didn’t.
I won’t officially add these books to my online lists until the first of the month (just another one of my crazy neuroses), so there’s still a few weeks for even more titles to worm their way in.
In an effort to stem the tide, I’m keeping off NetGalley and skipping over most review blog posts in my reader for the time being. Still, even without any more impulse adds, this will be my longest “short” list since I started organizing my TBR this way.
But it’s still far more manageable than if I got rid of the short list altogether.
What books are you planning on getting to in the new year? Anyone else like me and already overwhelmed?