How I’m Going to (politely) Kill my TBR

Before joining the writerly bloggerly community, I never thought my “to be read” list on Goodreads was a big deal. t was just the slush pile of books from every series I’d ever started, books that kinda looked interesting, and other things.

I never really tried to make it grow smaller, and often I rarely read the books on it.

Until this year, of course. Until about a year or two ago, I’ve been reading mostly historical fiction, middle grade, classics, and a smattering of YA. That’s what my TBR consistent of. But now I’ve been reading a lot of YA, and have, of course, added a good helping of YA books.

But now it’s the same thing. It’s turning back into a slush pile of stuff that I’m not sure I want to read, and it’s growing. Of course, not all of it is bad. Most of it is good.

Slush piles needed cleaned, or in other words, politely killed. Here’s how I’m planning on doing that this summer, all the while increasing the amount I read.

 

  1. CLEAN OUT BOOKS I DON’T WANT TO READ ANYMORE.

We are all guilty of adding tons of books onto our TBRs and then never reading them… because we don’t want to. Maybe for some that’s fine, to have an ever accumulating list of books.

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But I like to see what I actually have left to read.

So I went through and got rid of the books I’m no longer interested in. The last few books of the little house series, some random Warrior cat books I’ll never read because I forget what was going on in the series, and some historical fiction I’m no longer interested in.

 

2. ACTUALLY CHECK OUT THE BOOKS I’M INTERESTED IN READING AND READ THEM

Instead of just finding and reading brand new books or buying books on Amazon, I went to the library and checked out 4-9 books that were on my TBR. That’s key, because I know half of them I”ll read the first chapter and not click well with it. Then I’ll have a select few that I actually *want* to keep reading.

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Then? ThEy’Re ReAd and I can mark them as read.  

 

3.REPEAT.

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Perhaps this is all easier said than done. Perhaps you feel there are too many books out there for you to ever make your TBR smaller… oh well! It’s just a number on a screen.

I only wanted to make mine smaller because I found it wasn’t helping me otherwise. It was becoming a slush pile instead of a “I need to remember to read these books because they’re entertaining/help me grow as a author/widen my reading knowledge.”

So go forth this summer and conquer your reading before getting sucked back into school work this fall!

What books are you really excited about reading? Do you use Goodreads to track your reading? How many books are on your TBR?

Let’s Talk About YA Stuff.

YA is such a prevalent genre these days. Why? It’s awesome. Let’s talk about it.

This is the Voice of YA Tag created by Caitlin LambertMelissa Gravitis tagged me (thanks!) So here we go:

Here are the rules:

1) Thank the person who tagged you
2) Link to the original creator
3) Answer the ten questions
4) Tag AT LEAST two other YA writers/bloggers

 

ABOUT THE WRITERS:

#1 – What draws you to YA?

I think its the variety. Literally, you’ve got fantasy, dystopian, historical fiction, contemporary… all the times and places and things. But not just with adult characters, but with characters in my age range. Often times, they deal with things I struggle with or know about, and I learn from that.

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They’ll also struggle with things like dragons and super powers and murders and overpowering dictators. Which, you know, I can’t relate *that* much too, but hey, you never know. Tomorrow I could discover my hidden powers, slay a dragon (or make friends with one) prepare to go on a quest but be held back by an oppressive dictator with an army of unicorns and labor camps. *shrug*

#2 – Describe your writing process. Do you like outlines and structure, or seeing where the story takes you? 

They’re often a mess, but outlines are my BFFs. I love them. It helps to have a wide overview of where the story is going, not just where its going to take me. Although, the latter does happen quite often.

 

#3 – How long have you been writing? Where are you in your journey?

I’ve been writing since the third grade, where I wrote about a lady bug who lived on an island and there was a waffle stand, a cave with crystals, and an evil cupid flying through the sky. Spoilers, but she ends up on a cruise to FLORIDA (gasp) as the cliffhanger.

You’ll have to wait for book two to see what happens next. 😉

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But I’ve only been writing seriously since November of 2015. That’s when I took a look around, realized I was writing a series, and wanted to do the thing write. I buckled in, learned about editing, tried to find a community of writers, and started blogging.

 

#4 – What do you need to write? Coffee? Music?

Need? I “need” music. I can write without it, of course but it’s so nice to have my soundtrack playlist going for whatever specific thing I’m writing.

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I but things I actually do need are trusty macbook and/or a notebook. Preferably my mac, as I’ve been typing away on this thing since 2012. The majority of my 300k words that have been written during NaNo over the past years have been written on it.

 

#5 – If you could offer one piece of advice to another writer (OTHER THAN “don’t give up”), what would it be? 

Write, even if it sucks. Do NaNo and write a crappy 10k story. Explore ideas and stories and places, and write what you have “in your heart” to write. You’ve gotta start somewhere. No one writes a beautiful star studded absolutely perfect manuscript their first try… even if it does feel like gold while it’s coming out of your fingers.

So yes. Writer, go write. Lay down the iPhone and whatever else distracts you. (creative people? Get distracted? pfft…)

 

ABOUT THE BOOKS:

#6 – What book still has you reeling from its plot twist? (*no spoilers please*)

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Weel… I’d have to say Storm Siren by Mary Weber. I’ve since finished the series, but seriously… that plot twist had me wanting to drive to the library even though it was closed and late at night. O_O

#7 – What books are you most anticipating this year?

Meep. There are so many books that I want to read that already have been published, that it’s hard for me to say! I’ve not looked much into books coming out this year. I’m still catching up on YA books most people have already read. XD

But, that said, I’m most anticipating Renegades by Marissa Meyer, or The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson.

 

#8 – In your opinion, what YA book/series has the most unique premise?

Excluding Harry Potter because, pfft, it set the stage so much…

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I’d have to say the Lunar Chronicles. It’s just so… odd. Fairy tale retellings set in the future and on the moon and with andriods?! I mean really.

 

#9 – What is your all-time favorite quote from YA lit?

I am so horrible at keeping track of quotes… thankfully Goodreads is wonderful at it.

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#10 – What book do you most hope will have a movie adaptation?

I’d have to say the Lunar Chronicles all the way. It would be so stinking cool to see that as a movie. I might be too busy fangirling and pointing out any inaccuracies… but so cool.

ALSO: Not really a YA book, but I think the Percy Jackson series deserves a better movie. One that doesn’t make me want to cringe and scream and point at all the things they messed up.

Ya know.

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I know this is Heroes of Olympus, shhhhh.

Thank you so much for reading!

If this tag looks cool and want to do it, feel free to do so! Takes some of the questions… take half of the questions… just whatever you do, link me to your post so I can read them, too. 😀

See you all next Sunday. ^.^