Today is time for Slice of Life Tuesday – the weekly writing challenge hosted at “Two Writing Teachers.”
Today I had no idea what I’d write about for SOL, but then I stopped by “Modern Mrs. Darcy’ blog and read Anne’s post “In Praise of Bookish Deadlines and Library Due Dates. It really got me thinking about my choices in when and what I read.
I have so many TBR books and overflowing bookcases and I know I need want to read them.
(and this is just one small bookcase)
But I also borrow books from the library and usually have fifty or so at a time. Many have to be renewed once or twice before I get to it. I really do hate to return a book unread.
I keep a list by the computer for book recommendations – from picture books to MG and YA to non-fiction and fiction. I then order them from the library and at least once a week pick up a new stack of books. But, from the 40 or so library books and the 100s of my own, how do I choose?
Well, Anne suggests that deadlines help us choose and she is so right. As she said, “A good deadline forces me to ask myself if I’m ready to read it right now.”
As I checked out the notification from the library this morning, I realized I had 3 books due on Friday – 3 books that I have already renewed 2X and can’t renew again. They are all non-fiction and all three I am interested in. But I know I can’t read all three this week. Naomi Klein’s book “This changes everything” is the one I am planning to read. The others I have to return and hope to get again, when I am ready for them. I really feel that the right book arrives at the right time.
Whether there is a deadline or not, sometimes a book jumps the line and I have to read it. I am working my way through Robyn Carr’s Virgin River and Thunder Point series. So when they become available through the library, I read them as soon as I get them.
Now that I have the time to read, I am definitely reading more. I hope to chip away at the long list of TBR books, although more deadlines are coming up for my library books!
How do you choose which books to read?