I’ve never been one to have a formal TBR stack or list or anything like that. I just had piles of books around me and sort of picked from them at random, grabbing whatever struck my reading fancy at the moment. However, things have gotten a little more complicated recently. There are books I’ve promised to read and review. There are books I need to read for research. There are books I want to read because I think they might be good candidates for a Forgotten Books post. And then there are books that I just plain want to read.
So I took the unusual step for me of going through the piles, making an actual TBR stack of ten books, and putting them in the order in which I thought I ought to read them. Then I made a list and saved it on the computer. (I’m big on making lists.) So then what happened, you ask?
It didn’t work out.
I started the first book on the stack and read on it for a couple of days without making much progress. So I said, “This is going to take too long, and I don’t really like this book that much anyway.” Back in the pile it went. Then I looked at the stack for a while and started rearranging it. Then the project for which I needed to read the research books got pushed back on my schedule, so I pulled them out and set them aside. Then I thought of some other books I really want to read soon that didn’t even make it into the stack the first time around. And then I did what I should have done to start with. I said, “Forget it.”
Now I’m back to my “piles of books that I’ll get around to one of these days” method. I like it that way.