Too Many Books, Not Enough Time

I finished the first book of Game of Thrones (still haven’t seen any of the HBO series….sorry) and was looking through my To-Read list on Goodreads and realized I have more books that I want to read than time to read them.

In between running around after a very mobile toddler, writing, exercising, eating, sleeping, and spending some time with friends and family there’s not much left over for reading. I know how important reading is for a writer so I make it happen, but it’s slow and steady.

GOT took me two or three months to finish and I could make the argument that it was a long novel, but truth be told, I lost interest half-way through and switched to a few non-fiction books about conflict and plotting. Then I came back and finished.

What made me lose interest? I think it was too many chapters about the men (and fighting, or getting ready to fight, or just getting done with a fight) and not enough with Khaleesi/Dany, who I found so interesting. She was tragic, brave, and I knew eventually she was going to have dragons (mostly from a Time Warner Cable commercial, but also because what writer in their right mind puts in dragon eggs without giving us a dragon!).

Ok, I’m getting off topic, my main point was I’m overwhelmed with my to-read list. I just started the second book of the Divergent series (Insurgent by Veronica Roth). Also on my list is the second book of the Cinder series (Scarlet by Marissa Meyer), the second GOT book (A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin), Life of Pi by Yann Martel, Smoke & Mirrors by Neil Gaiman, Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen, Mindy Kaling’s non-fiction book (Is Everyone Having Fun Without Me), and Kristen Chenowith’s non-fiction book (A Little Bit Wicked). I think I also have a few writerly type books on the list as well.

I’m overwhelmed just typing that list…I want to keep track of books I want to read (I even have a Pinterest board called Books Worth Reading where I keep things I see online)….but sometimes seeing that list, or seeing the books in my Nook apps queue is….counterproductive to me reading at all. I know, it’s weird….one of my many quirks.

So…what do you guys do? Do you hide books, not go to goodreads or pinterest or wherever you keep your list online….seriously, I’m in need of some help. Thanks!

P.S. – Sorry about the short blog hiatus, we were in Virginia visiting family and the week before hand was spent getting ready to travel by train with a toddler (which was super fun actually, I’d recommend it!). Hope to get back on a posting schedule this week. 🙂

One thought on “Too Many Books, Not Enough Time

  • August 21, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    I just try to go one book at a time. Hopefully, I get to them all. Many on your list intrigue me too. I look forward to your recommendations.

    On a side note, Elmore Leonard just died. I feel I must add some of his work to my re-read list like Get Shorty. He was always a fun, entertaining read.


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