I know you hear me on that one.
As I mentioned in an earlier post about how I find books I want to read, the finding is the easy part. As for the prioritizing, back when I accumulated both titles and actual books at a slower rate, I'd read whatever struck my fancy until the stack was all read, then I'd take them back and get some more.
No more. It's not just my virtual to-read shelf that's stuffed. There's the library books, the library holds, the classroom library books, the book mail, the book splurges...if I stopped acquiring books right this second, I'm sure I could continue to read for a few more years before I ran out.
Like having a kitten fall asleep in your lap, this is the opposite of a problem, right? So many great books to read, poor me. The only reason I really care is because a) FOMO is real and b) if I just read what catches my fancy, I veer suspiciously easily into reading a bunch of books by and about white women.
So this month I came up with a plan, or as my sisters and I took to saying during the chaotic three year slog in which both of our parents died, an idea for a plan. And I gave myself permission to go off plan whenever I want, so I don't sabotage myself out of some weird misplaced rebellious instinct.
This was the plan for January.
- Read a Cybils book for judging.
- Read a Mt. TBR book.
- Read a diverse book for the Dumbledore's Army Read-a-Thon.
Sometimes one book served dual purposes, and sometimes I got distracted by a new acquisition. And once I read a book because I didn't feel like going downstairs, and it was closest. But I was really happy with how this gave me variety AND made me feel like I was accomplishing things.
The read-a-thon is over, but I'm going to continue with the system, substituting "library book" instead. I have SO MANY library books out! And I keep getting more! Because I'm insane! And when I finish they Cybils books (I only have about 3 more), I think I'm going to work Printz books into rotation. Again, there will be some overlap. Or maybe it will look something like this:
- Library book
- Mt. TBR book
- Printz book OR nonfiction OR deliberately diverse book
Yeah, that's probably about what I'll land on.
How do YOU choose what to read next? Careful plan? Whatever's nearest? Mood? Randomizer? Has your method changed over time, or are you consistent?