Saturday, 14 February 2015

Olivia's Catastrophe ~ To Be Read, Or Not Read? & Book Haul #2

Hey there! Happy Valentine's Day!

You can all be my Valentine's because you keep on helping me hit all those milestones! Today I am gonna send lots of love to my Bloglovin followers because we just reached 800! Thank you ^.^

Today I have a discussion post for you (I should really post more of these more often!) This one might be more of a rant than a discussion because honestly, I don’t know how to solve this problem.


Right now my TBR list has 1480 books. If (and that’s not saying that I will) I read 100 books every year it will actually take me 14 years and a bit to read all of this. I also keep my TBR on Shelfari and not Goodreads, because I am weird like that :P So will I actually be reading everything on my to be read list, or will it all be ignored?

I think that like every reader, I do intend to read each and every one of these books. In fact, at the moment I am reading some of the oldest books on the list and trying to work backward. There are just SO many good books out there and I really want to get to them all! To help me get there I have even decided that when I hit 1500 books I am going to stop adding more. Which means any books I now own are no longer on the list, so there is more space :D Reading book blogs never really helps because I hear about all these fabulous books I want to read!
 
But when it comes to a TBR, what can really be done about it? Is there ever enough time to read all the books you want to read? It is hard to choose which may or may not be worth your time to read, which means you have to give everything a chance.

One of my biggest problems with my TBR is that I end up starting a series and promising to get back to them… and then I never do! I have a lot of books where I have read the first one and promised to read the next, but then gotten distracted by another good book. It’s a hard life.

Book Haul time!

Speaking of owning too many books, these are the ones I have received since the start of 2015. I am hoping to make these book hauls a bit more frequent so there aren't too many in one go like this xD

Ebooks:







| Flesh Worn Stone by John A Burks was free on Amazon | A Girl Who Kissed a Lie and The Girl who Read the Stars by Skylar Dorset were free on Amazon (and I own the first book in the series!) | Sharp by Alex Hughes was won in a giveaway from Fictionzeal | The Boy Next Door was won from Sassy and Dangerous |

Ebooks for review:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Thank you to authors, publishers and other bloggers for sending these through!
 
Print books:
 
 
| Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris, Immortal Ever After by Lynsay Sands, Chained by Night by Larissa Ione and No Competition by Debbie Macomber were won in a giveaway on Celestial Reviews | We Were Liars by Emily Lockhart (already read! Thanks to my best friend for buying it ^^) | Uncross the Stars by Janell Rhiannon (for review) | Bait by Courtney Farrel (for review) | 
 
Olivia’s Question: How many books are on your TBR, and how do you choose what to read next?
 
Olivia-Savannah x

36 comments:

  1. Ooh, great haul, Olivia!

    I have my eyes on some titles, especially The Boy Next Door and Emmy & Oliver. Enjoy your reads!

    Michelle, The Escapist.

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    1. Thanks Michelle! They look like some promising reads, so I can't wait to get to them!

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  2. I too am a happy victim of reading books.

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  3. One of my Facebook writer friends got a $100 Amazon gift card and chocolates for Valentine's Day...so she could read and eat chocolate! Although I buy so much on Amazon, what I really need is a week off from working and $100 gift card...plus complete silence so I can read all day!

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    1. Oh wow, that sounds like an awesome thing to receive for Valentine's! I think I wouldn't mind a gift like that as well ^.^

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  4. Hi Olivia - A lot of great books here! I don't know if I'd give up on adding to your TBR; you may miss a lot of good books that way. BTW, didn't realize you'd won Sharp by Alex Hughes from my site ... Great going!! :)

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    1. I was very happy to hear that I had! I can't wait to try it, so thank you. I hope I won't come across too many good books in that time, or at least read more and a bit faster!

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  5. Whelp. Well, this book haul is not helping your situation any. ;) But. Don't despair, you're in good company!

    happy reading. :)

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    1. Maybe it isn't xD But that's why I love the book blogging community! I am not the only one :)

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  6. Wow, lovely book haul - good luck with your TBR! I have a copy of the Boy Next Door Door, let's see how that turns out.

    I went through my TBR section months ago, I had 784 books before, now I narrowed it down it 95. I didn't actually read all those 784 books, I created another shelf called TBR future list (lol) and just moved most of the ones I might read. I mainly keep the ones I will read in the original list now - it's not as overwhelming now :) Great post!

    Benish | Feminist Reflections

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    1. It was a very collective one! I am looking forward to seeing what you think of it as well, I have been seeing some generally okay reviews for it around.

      It seems like you narrowed the list down to ones you really want to read soon and the others that might be for later. It's a smart idea!

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  7. Congrats on hitting 800 followers and nice haul! My TBR is, for me, humoungous. I have like 220 unread books and I do read at quite a nice pace but I also add books to my TBR pile regularly so in a way I'm not narrowing it down. I've been a lot of people getting all stress out about their TBRs and they are unhauling books just for the sake of it because they say they don't want to read them anymore and it makes me a bit mad and sad because why would you buy a book in the first place to just get rid of it 2 months later? I do know I have a lot of unread books but I genuinly want to read them all no matter how long it takes me, so yeah, no guilt there. And about how I decide what to read, I have a TBR jar and I use that. Sometimes I feel the urge to pick whatever book but normally I use the jar ^^

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    1. Thank you! I think TBRs are nice and shouldn't be seen as stressful! People can take their time with it. I'm not for unhauling because I wouldn't want to see any of the money I spent on a book going to waste D: I would rather go on a book buying ban. I also think aiming to read them all is good. The TBR jars are quite popular!

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  8. Congrats on the 800 followers! Such a milestone. And the year is just starting!

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  9. Congrats on reaching 800 followers!!

    I definitely understand about having a huge TBR. There's just so MANY great books that I want to read. I really want to read Paperweight and Tiny Pretty Things, so I may add those to my review TBR before too long. :)

    Enjoy your new books, Olivia!

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    1. They do sound like some promising books! I hope you manage to enjoy them when you read them. And thank you <3

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  10. Wow, nice haul! No wonder you have trouble keeping up with my TBR pile. I wish my excuse was as good as yours is! What I do with my TBR pile is I keep it as a backup list of any and all books I think look interesting. If there's a book I most definitely want to read, I usually don't put it on a list - I just immediately request it from the library. That's what I do with series, too. I just request all the books in a series I want to continue, so I can read them while I'm still interested. If I don't have anything I'm dying to read, then I skim through my TBR pile. I discard a few from the list that don't look as good as they did the first time I saw them,and I request a book or two that still looks really good.

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    1. It sounds like a good idea to just get the books you want as soon as possible, and I love the idea of a TBR list being a back up! You've got a pretty smart method, and it seems like it works for you :)

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  11. Olivia, you're not alone! Tons of people out there have massive TBR piles as well :) Don't worry, I'm sure you'll get to it even if it might be nearly impossible to not read everything in the TBR. :) You have so many new books! Gah I'm so jealous :P You'll enjoy We Were Liars!! It's so fun to read, and very mysterious. Happy reading :) And cute blog!!!

    Jillian @ Jillian's Books

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    1. I am glad I am not alone ;) I will do my best to read it :D And yes, these books took two months to pile into this post though! I have read it and loved that one. The ending was a huge plot twist!

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  12. Great haul! And discussion :) I think I have about 500 books in my TBR because I recently went through and took off the ones where I lost my intention to read them, but even then it wasn't that many! New books are always being released so it goes up more than it goes down, even when I read over 100 books a year. OH WELL! Ahah

    Most recent post on Enchanted by YA: http://enchantedbyya.blogspot.co.uk/2015/02/ebook-sale-interview-with-giveaway.html

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    1. I think I should go through and remove those ones I don't have the intention of reading as well! It simply takes time. And yes, there are always so many good books being released...

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  13. I am not sure how many books are on my TBR list. One day- when I get really organized I will actually put my handwritten list, my typed list, my Goodreads list, and the books waiting on my actual shelf all in one big list (they mostly have all different books with only a little overlap). It all depends on where I am and what I am doing when I decide to add the book to the nearest available list. All I know is- there are 100s and maybe 1000s!

    How do I decide what to read- I read what I have agreed to review and then I try to alternate between books I have borrowed (so I can return them and create more shelf space) or what I am in the mood for. I also listen to an audio book in the car. I get through at least one book a month- but usually two. This has been a great way to get in a little more reading. My local library has 100s of audio books on CD. :)

    Good luck! Awesome book haul! :)

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    1. I know. When I mention my TBR list I mean my virtual one - excluding the books on my kindle, ones written on random notes and the ones in a pile in my room >.> I hope there aren't too many!

      It's good to have such consistent reading! I have never been able to get into audiobooks but I can see how they would be so helpful while you can do other things at the same time!

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  14. My tbr just grows and grows, it has a mind of its own.

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  15. I'm kind of addicted to adding books to my TBR list! It's just very hard not to. *blushes* You picked up some pretty great books so far. I was looking at Emmy & Oliver just a few days ago! Can't wait to get my hands on that cute looking book! I've read a few books of Debbie Macomber. My mom and I are in love with her books. By the way, love how you were able to change the skin color of your doll! It looks great! :)

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    1. I know, I am pretty much in the same boat! I hope you get a copy, it does look like a promising book. I am looking forward to reading the Macomber one now ^.^

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    2. I've probably added 15 books to my TBR today. I have no shame! I hope I get one too! It would look very pretty on my desk bookshelf. :) Can't wait to see what you think on Emmy & Oliver and the Debbie Macomber book! :)

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    3. I just hit my max 1500. I wonder how long it will be before I break the rule I set for myself :P

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  16. I have 'only' 727 books on my TBR and already I sometimes come across a book that I don't even remember putting on there. My evergrowing virtual TBR doesn't really bother me though. It's the real life pile I'm trying to keep under control! My new rule now is that I can only buy as much as I read in a month minus one, in hopes of reducing the pile a bit.
    It's a hard life as a reader, having to give ourselves so many rules!

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    1. Yeah, the more books you have the more that might end up happening! And yes, I would agree that the real life problem is the biggest issue! I like that rule, it should help put a limit on things.

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  17. Okay.... AMAZING HAUL!!! :) But I do feel your pain when it comes to the never ending TBR. Mine is really bad. I own about 300 books I haven't read I think, and that's just the ones I own. Not even the ones I just want to read and plan to. I hope to get to them one day, but we'll see if that ever happens.

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    1. I am sure you can get to them all! Patience, perseverance and most of all having fun is what matters most of all.

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