It’s time for some Spring Cleaning! At least of my TBR list. This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is really a freebie, meaning we can twist “Spring Cleaning” to mean whatever the heck we want it to mean.
Over the last year or two, I have been a bit overwhelmed with the amount of books on my docket. From library books to books I own to ARCs and preorders from my favorite authors. I just can’t always find the time. Really, once I went back to work after years of being a homemaker I had a hard time fitting in what I wanted to read. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I want to read All. The. Books. Yet real life doesn’t let me do that. I find that sometimes I’m not in the mood to read a book that I have a blog tour post commitment approaching. Or that my library book is due back any day and I haven’t touched it yet. Don’t get me wrong, I am extremely grateful for the chance to get ARCs and participate in blog tours. But I was, quite frankly, overextending myself.
I’ve tried to make a real commitment to stepping back from how many ARCs I request and/or accept. I’ve really only thrown myself into this since the beginning of the year and I’m just now starting to see my schedule open up a bit. Unless the book is by a favorite author or from a publisher I’ve had a great success rate with or has such a wonderful blurb I cannot think of passing it up, I’m trying to give myself a break and learning to say no. That means I may (fingers crossed) have more time for my library books.
Here’s a list of 5 library books I’m hoping to get to in the next few months. These are books I have gone on the waiting list for over and over, only to have to pass when it’s my turn because of other reading commitments. And a list of 5 books I own that keep getting pushed aside for the same reason I’ve missed out on my turn at the library books.
Books From the Library
Game Changer by Rachel Reid
Girl, Serpent, Thorn by Melissa Bashardoust
The Bromance Book Club by Lyssa Kay Adams
The Country Guesthouse by Robyn Carr
The Lost and Found Bookshop by Susan Wiggs
Book I Own
Dark Lover by J.R. Ward
Lies by Kylie Scott
Cup of Joe by Annabeth Albert
The Remaking of Corbin Wale by Roan Parrish
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas
I always find it fun and informative to see what other bloggers do with freebies like this week’s. Inevitably, there are a few out there that make me wish I had thought to spin it a different way. And honestly, that’s part of the fun.