It kind of sounds silly when I write it out like that because really, what else would I read? What others want me to read? Not exactly but I’m talking about the pressure to read the up and coming books, read ALL THE ARCs and basically forget about the books that you have purchased yourself, oohed and aahed over in the bookstore or maybe some old favorites that you have wanted to revisit.
In 2013 I read a lot of ARCs and review books, and don’t get me wrong, I have found a ton of favorites in those books but I was constantly putting aside books that I purchased or ones that I had been dying to read and just couldn’t find the time due to review schedules and the like. And honestly, I put this pressure on myself and definitely don’t have to read like that but it seems like a never ending cycle that I got stuck in.
In 2014 I have vowed to read what I want. Sometimes I find that I am just not wanting to read anything because the review copies are piled and I’m staring at my bookshelf, longing for one of those and I end up slugging through a review book. I’m not doing that this year and it’s been working out fabulously. I have come up with a much better review schedule, one that allows a ton of room for me to read my own books and I love it!
I’ve been able to get back into some adult fiction that I’ve been longing to try, some books I’ve been wanting to reread, add some non fiction/memoirs to my pile, and read some of the YA that has been long collecting dust on my bookshelf. I’m reading fewer books right now than I did this time last year, because some of the adult reads are quite large but IT DOESNT MATTER! I feel so much better when I sit down to read a book and in turn I am looking forward to reading my review copies much more because I’m reading “me” books in between.
Basically, why didn’t I do this before? Also, I in no way am upset about the amount of review copies I have, I LOVE reading books before they are released and I am incredibly grateful I have this opportunity. I’m just simply saying that I needed a better system so that I can enjoy ALL THE BOOKS 🙂
Do you ever feel like this? Is 2014 the year for you to read what you want? Have you been revisiting a previously loved genre this year?