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How to Catch Up On Your TBR
You don’t. Get crushed. Just kidding! Kind of.
Today I am going to give you some tips for catching up on your ever growing pile of books that you WANT to read.
Don’t get discouraged
It doesn’t matter if Goodreads says you are 53 books behind schedule because as long as you are reading as much as possible for you, you are doing okay. And even if you are procrastinating reading, I don’t care. Say it with me “I am a strong and sensual woman who is doing the best I can even though I am laying in bed reading this blog post instead of a novel”
You’ll see later why I dislike novellas, but they are a quick and easy way to get a couple books under your belt! Generally they don’t take a long time to finish (and most are fairly cheap or even free!) so they are quick to stack up.
Read Comics/Graphic Novels/Manga
Don’t already do this? Now’s a good time to start! Graphic Novels are kind of like a “break” from reading. They have pretty pictures and minimal words but still tell an excellent story. It is easy to read a couple of these within a short span of time (much like novellas!) However, they can be fairly expensive! Image Comics have the cheaper Graphic Novels so try out one of their series if you are looking to purchase but don’t want to spend a lot of money. Also, library!
Read for a Set Amount of Time Each Day
Even if it is only five minutes, try to read every single day. You LOVE doing it, right so why not treat yourself to a break from reality by reading! Try to set a reasonable amount of time (like five or ten minutes) so you don’t get too discouraged if you can’t sit down to read for a full hour every day.
Try to Limit the Amount of Books You Purchase
Try setting a goal for yourself like, “For every ten books you read, you can purchase one new book!” (or make it a little more realistic) and STICK TO THIS. Don’t be me and buy books on a whim and end up with a box of 28 and nowhere to put them!
As well, Try to Limit the Amount of Pre-Orders You Have
Set a limit for pre-orders as well. For me, I am allowed to have 5 pre-orders a month (1. Because I can’t afford any more and 2. Because I am literally sleeping with a pile of books next to me)
Try to only pre-order books you REALLY want or that have incentives for pre-ordering! Maybe it is a highly anticipated release or a sequel, so sure go for that one, but you don’t need to pre-order a book by an author you dislike (unless you get free stuff with it!)
Alternate Between Backlist and New Releases/ARCs
One of the best parts of Sarah’s RockMyTBR Challenge is that I am alternating between reading books I already own and books that I am receiving in the mail. It is taking the pressure off of reading and I am starting to love it even more than I did before blogging.
Don’t Be Afraid to DNF
You’ll never get through your TBR pile if you are struggling to get through a book you hate! I have a post about the ins and outs of my DNF process and I highly recommend you guys start doing this as well.
Save Gift Cards
I am bad at this but you don’t HAVE to spend your gift cards as soon as you get them! They aren’t going anywhere! Save them up for a double points weekend or when there is free shipping on any order. It is better to wait than make impulse buying decisions and think later “I should have saved my gift card for this!”
Don’t Buy Duplicates
Do you REALLY need four copies of that book? Chances are no, with some exceptions (like a collector’s or signed edition). But honestly you don’t need a hardcover and a paperback “just in case” (I say even though I totes do this)