On my ipad I have several reading applications – primarily Kindle and Kobo software. Having flirted with a Kobo for several years, and having multiple books still on it, the majority of my ebook reading is done on my kindle software.
For several years I’ve been reading books from Netgalley, but have received books from other sources, including LibraryThing‘s Early Reviewers. In the back of my head I’ve known I have at least one LTER book that’s sitting in the Kobo queue that I’ve had for longer than I admit. I started reading that the other day, and out of curiosity looked for any other LTER books I’ve not read yet. Whoops! There’s about 8, going back into 2013 that I haven’t read and reviewed. Damn!
First reaction? That I need to drop everything and read them. Now. It took me a while to calm myself down and not derail myself. First things first – I havent been chased for the reviews by anyone. I no longer ask for LTER books, recognising that I have too many books already in my possession, and therefore shouldn’t be asking for more. I therefore dont get turned down for any for not having written reviews recently!
The next thing I’m trying to keep to: read the books on my shelves before purchasing any more. Whilst this includes ebooks, it is primarily directed at my paper books. These are spilling out of the bookshelves and are now covering tables. This is not good. I need to shift some of the paperbooks to free up some space and shouldnt be derailed from this goal.
So, it has reminded me to expand my reading back out to not only netgalley books. I’ve also identified some things that can be done differently/better for my reviews. The world won’t end if I don’t to a review the week I get the book. The only one keeping me to this expectation is me and I’m the only one that can give me permission to do something else.
After writing this post initially, I found this post from Estella’s revenge about “We’re not WonderWomen” which I think ties in with what I am trying to say here too – we dont have to (be) set standards that are TOO high, then get beaten up when we dont reach them.
Anyone else get these feelings, and how do you deal with them?