Google+ Reading Teen: Release Date Blues (or why my shelf is full of books I'll never read)

Friday, May 17, 2013

Release Date Blues (or why my shelf is full of books I'll never read)



So, it inevitably happens.  There's a book I'm really looking forward to, I get it for review (or I don't, but later buy it).  I have every intention of reading it.  Every time I look at it, I think, "I really need to get to that book."  People on Twitter say, "You haven't read it yet??  You need to read it!"  Yet it sits there.  Mocking me.  I just can't ever seem to make myself pick it up.

There's something about a release date that almost kills my desire to read a book.  What is that?  I know I'm trying to stay ahead, but if a book is good, it's good, right?  I should want to read it no matter what! 

Currently I have almost an entire shelf of books (mostly ARCs) that have passed their expiration release date.  I want to read them.  REALLY.  But am beginning to think it's never going to happen.

HELP!!

Some things I thought might help are:
  • Saving the book until the next book in the series is about to come out.  Then read both books. Maybe this will motivate me?
  • Getting the book on audio.  I'm better about listening to books past release than reading them.  Mostly because audios don't come out so far in advance.
  • Picking out one book a month that is past it's release and reading it.  It's not a lot, but it's more than I'm doing now.
Does this happen to you? What do you do to get through the books that have passed their release date?

17 comments:

  1. Um, yes. I have a little calendar with all the pub dates and I try to be on time, but it is overwhelming!!

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    1. I think I'm way too lazy for a calendar! Amy always yells at me for not being organized! :P

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  2. I read the first chapter or possibly two. If a book doesn't grab me by then, it's off to the donate box.

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    1. That's actually a good idea. Just grab a book off the shelf, read a couple of chapters, either it grabs you or it doesn't.

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  3. Yes, this happens to me all the time! I try shifting them around, moving them to my bedside table or my desk where I'll see them more often. It makes the guilt worse but doesn't really help me get to them any more quickly, unfortunately.

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    1. Bahaha! Yeah, I have book that's been sitting on my nightstand for months.

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  4. Yes it happens to me too. Yes those days creep up very fast , and also if you have it ..I will get to the book when I get to it. I like reading them on kindle lately. I also know that I am a mood reader

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    1. I'm becoming much more of a Kindle reader too. This isn't helping those poor physical ARCs that are sitting sad on my shelf.

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  5. OMG, this so happens to me. This week I even created a 3-month reading schedule calendar, hoping that will make me read some of these books, which I hope I do - we'll see. My problem is that I keep getting more. Then those that you really want to read pop up, or new ones you are just dying for. I like the idea of keeping them until the next book in the series to.

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    1. YES! Just when you think you might be able to read one, it's "OH LOOK AT THE NEW SHINY THAT JUST ARRIVED!!"

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  6. It doesn't happen so much with review books. I have a calendar and check it before I accept a book for review to make sure I will be able to fit it in. What piles up for me are new releases I just had to buy because everyone says they are so great. I need to accept fewer review books so that I have time to read the ones I buy.

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    1. I've pretty much stopped buying books I haven't read for this very reason. The only ones I buy now, are ones I already know I love.

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  7. I'm a planner so I have a schedule usually about one month in advance that tries to avoid this situation although it's unfortunately impossible to read ALL the books you want to read.

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    1. Oooh, can you just forward me that schedule :P

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  8. Oh man. I think I am doing well and up to date and then all of a sudden- BAM - I get sick, one of my kids gets sick, SOMETHING enivitably happens and I am suddenly 6 or 7 books behind. I can't seem to keep up!

    And I would also point out that lately I have just been in the mentality of "Oh Andye is reading _________ (based on your Goodreads Twitter updates). That must mean it is coming out in the next 2 weeks! (Starts that book)"

    ;)

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  9. It can be so overwhelming to think of all the books that are coming out as well as all the books left to read! I just have weeks where I read whatever I want, regardless of release dates.

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