I've been thinking for the past few days about reading lists. I belong to the group that obsessively makes reading lists prior to the start of each month. I like knowing what books I plan to read each month, how many more challenges are going to be nearing completion, plus it gives me a sense of order and predictability, which I value a lot. Besides, most books I want to read I pick from the library, and it definitely would annoy me if a specific book is not available currently, or if I have to wait a few days for it to arrive from another county.
On the down side, I can't always go by my inner desire to read a specific book, or feed my thirst for a book from some specific genre. Also, if I see someone praising a book highly, I do go through a moment of insane desire to read that book right away before I give in and add the book to my bloated TBR list. And the biggest disappointment is when I don't complete reading a month's list. I almost feel as if I let down a good friend, and usually that book doesn't go back to my next month's list, rather it goes back to my pile, for future contemplation. How many of you are like me? Do you just go by your impulse and pick the book you feel like reading at the moment, or do you plan in advance?
The reason I've been thinking of this is that I plan to not-plan my monthly reading lists anymore, other than those books I'm reviewing for a publisher or reading for a readalong. When I made this decision, I felt very relieved, especially thinking of all those books I've felt like reading on an impulse but could never since I already had my plans made for the month. I'm not sure how long I will be able to stick to this before my obsessive self kicks in, but it will be worth a try, to just pick a book on a whim or a recommendation, rather than wait ages before I get to some of them.
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