Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by the wonderful, list making gurus, The Broke and the Bookish. Each week they publish a new Top Ten list and invite their fellow book bloggers, bloggers and bookworms to join in.
Probably a bibliophiles number one frustration. I know that there are so many books that I am really desperate to read and there just aren’t enough reading hours in my day/week/month. Realistically I know that even in some wonderful alternate utopian universe where I could sit around all day reading and eating chocolate without any detriment to my health, family life or mortgage, there still wouldn’t be enough hours in the day to read everything that’s been recommended to me or otherwise caught my attention. On the most part I’ve made my peace with it.
There are the hyped books that I know that I’ll probably never get around to reading, mainly because that are not to my personal taste, from a genre I rarely read or, despite all of the hype, they just don’t speak to me.
I haven’t read any post Potter Rowling, I’m sorry, i’m just not gripped by the subject matter, its not a genre I particularly enjoy and I just don’t see myself ever reading any of Jk’s alter ego, Robert Galbraith. The same goes for other hyped and phenomenally successful writers like Stephen King and Nicolas Sparks. Despite my love of the associated TV series, I can’t see myself diving in to George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series anytime soon.
I’m not embarrassed to admit that I read predominantly for pleasure, to unwind and to escape. My tastes reflect this. I’m unlikely to pick up the latest literary fiction masterpiece no matter that it has as many layers as an onion and is making an important political statement or comment on society.
I love and repeatedly devour some classic books over and over but I’m not ashamed to admit that I like the prodomenty romantic works of Austin and the Bronte sisters. I read and enjoyed Stienbek in school, but Its not one I imagine snuggling down on my sofa to read with a chocolate digestive and a cuppa. If you enjoy War and Peace with your pinot that cool, but Tolstoy is not my bag.
Do you know what, thats ok. We are all different, we read for different reasons, and our interests are sparked by different things.
What I am really embarrassed about are my book collecting tendencies. Part magpie (attracted to all the pretty things), part dragon (hoarding all of the books), not only have I not read these ten fantastically hyped books, I have not read these ten fanatically books that I own!
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How do you manage your TBR?
My current strategy is to pile them all on to their very own bookcase behind a door and then pile laundry in front of it! Ok I confess thats more of a house keeping fail than a well though out strategy.
How do you decide which books you are going to read next and which you will save for a “rainy day”?
Which of these books do you think I need to bump to the top of my reading list?
Are you also part magpie, part dragon or are you ruthless in the management of your TBR?
Are there any books that you have resigned yourself to never read?