Thursday, January 21, 2016

On the dreaded TBR.

Isn't this picture pretty? A shoutout to Pexels, which has some of the best free stock photos that I've seen. Some people are just expert photographers.

Anyway, today I'm here to talk about the DREADED TBR.

You know the one. You read a book, you add three books. You read ten books during a read-a-thon, and then promptly add fifteen more because all of the books everyone else read just look so amazing that you can't resist.

I think every bookworm has one of these, and I'm here to tell you one thing:
Don't feel bad about it.

Seriously, don't. Somewhere in the back of our minds, we all know that we'll never get to all the books that we want to read. Books keep coming out, we keep adding them, and there's no shame in that. What is important, beyond all else, is enjoying the books that you're reading. I've learned, after a lot of trial and error, that reading is much more enjoyable when I am not trying desperately to simply tick things off. Rather, I've gotten used to savoring a book, and not really minding if it takes me a bit longer to finish.

Truth be told, I was once crazy about my TBR. I'd power through books, to check them off, and lament if a new release sat longer than a month. Now? Well, there are definitely "new releases" that I have on my shelf... and they came out in 2015 :).

The long and the short of it is, enjoy your reading. Embrace that TBR pile. Turn it into a castle. Then snuggle inside, and just enjoy reading.


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