Sunday, 11 May 2008

TBR Everest Pile

Yes, as the title implies my TBR (to be read) pile is as tall as Mt. Everest. Seriously. If I mount up every book I have in my physical TBR pile and every book on the list of to obtain via library/bookstore, I’m not kidding it’s that freakin’ high! And more are added daily. There are just too many authors and books that I want to read, and others I want to read for research. Where’s the pause button?!!!

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved to read. It’s something I inherited from my Ma. Thing is, even though I tend to write fantasy/paranormal, I read across the board. And that’s a good thing, it helps me when I’m writing not to subconciously imitate who I’m reading (hopefully!) and try to keep to my own voice. Having said that, I think everything you read, influences you to some extent. But I digress. So I go from reading a fantasy author like C.E. Murphy to a crime author like Lisa Gardner to reading a category sweet romance author like Barbara Hannay to reading a graphic novel by Frank Miller to a non-fiction book like ‘Race to Dakar’ by Charlie Boorman. Vast – you bet!

But how do I pick what to read next? Sometimes it’s deadlines – eg have to return this book to the library, so I gotta read it. But most times it’s my mood. And I’m not talking happy/sad here. Just the mood for what type of book I want to read – am I in the mood for a high fantasy, an urban fantasy, a horror, a historical? I browse through the pile until I think – aha, that’s it. (Sure, it’s haphazard and I’ve realised that’s how I write too. I have no set time, no set days, I just do it when I can and it works for me.)

Seeing all those books has made me feel abit overwhelmed. So I’ve gone to the ‘one-to-two books at a time’ approach and not worry about the rest of the pile. Just enjoying the book of the moment. So I’m tackling the TBR One. Book. At. A. Time.

So what’s on my TBR list-(here’s a snapshot in case you were interested – of course in no particular order:)

  • Artemis Fowl – The Arctic Incident by Eoin Colfer
  • The Sheikh’s Conveninet Virgin by Trsh Morey
  • North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell (loved the BBC mini-series)
  • The Third Victim by Lisa Gardner
  • Hood by Stephen L. Lawhead
  • Claiming the Courtesan by Anna Campbell
  • Night Embrace by Sherrilyn Kenyon
  • The Darkest Kiss by Keri Arthur (actually I have to pick up my order from the bookstore)
  • Diamonds Down Under series by various Australian and New Zealand authors
  • Star Dust by Neil Gaiman
  • The Inner Gentleman by Alli Kincaid
  • The Quickening series by Fiona McIntosh

And many many more....

So how do you manage your TBR pile? Is it piling higher and higher? Any tips you want to share?

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