I’ve always posted reviews on my blog, but after 10 months of staying home with my son and having a lot of time on my hands (something I wasn’t used to), I felt the need to find something to occupy my mind with. Hence Literary Escapism started.
I’ve always written book reviews, but now LE gave me a whole new venue to post them in. When I first started doing a book review site, I never imagined how huge the book blogosphere was. Since the beginning of the year I’ve been really luck to meet a lot of dedicated readers and now it’s time to introduce you to a one of them.
Some of you may already know her, but let me introduce you to Tez Miller and lets get into her mind a little. Tez is here to talk about the never ending TBR pile.
I can totally understand how the League of Reluctant Adults got their name: growing up sucks. For me it means letting go…and shortening my ever-lengthening Reading Wishlist.
With limited funds and so many books published, it’s hard to decide what you’ll buy, and what to get from the library (if you can). Your average mass market paperback in the US costs about $5-$8. In Australia – where I live – they’re at least $14, but most likely $20. Trade paperbacks cost more, and I don’t want to think about hardcover prices (circa $40, I presume). These figures are in Australian dollars, and the other day I noticed that one Aussie dollar equaled about 69 US cents. And I’ve got enough non-book purchases to make in the next few months, so I’m staying away from bookstores…and my beloved eBay.
I’m a blogger-reviewer who’s lucky enough to be on the lists of a few great publishers in Oz. This means that I can get some review copies, which saves my funds. Not everything published in the US (where most of my list seems to be based) sells Australian rights or gets exported to Oz, though. There is a great publisher in the US who has taken mercy on me, but most American publishers can’t send review copies overseas.
And of course I enter contests to win books, if I can. Mind you, most contest rules state that entrants must be in the US, Canada or the UK, due to publication rights or lack of funds on the contest-host’s behalf. It’s completely understandable, though I have managed to make a few wins here and there. Every little bit counts.
So that’s the financial aspect of shortening my Wishlist. Then there’s the matter of time…I’m reading less than ever nowadays because of other things to do. All that obsessive list-updating, for example ;-). But really, of an afternoon when I’m on the couch hoping to progress through a book…I just get sleepy and need to nap. This has nothing to
do with the quality of the story, characters, writing or whatnot – it’s just me. Thus my best times for reading are in bed or in the bath. Sometimes I try to read with the TV on, with the sound high enough to keep me awake, but unfortunately I can’t concentrate on my books as much as I’d like to.
So how do you decide which books to cross off your list, unread? Some writers are on my list for sentimental reasons – because I’ve read their other books, or they’re new authors who could use some support. But at the end of the day, it’s all about what the book is about. You may have fabulous writing, but if your summary doesn’t interest me enough, then I’m a lot less likely to read your book.
I started off by doing an open-call on my blog for readers to tell me what not to read. I’ve taken their suggestions into account, and am now working on the lengthy task of checking every book’s summary online (if I can find it), and crossing the book off my Wishlist if it doesn’t interest me enough. I’m only up to the H authors so far, but I’ve already made a huge dent in my list. Not that you can tell, of course, but I can ;-)
Now, Literary Escapism readers, it’s your turn: what efforts have you made to shorten your wishlist? Do you find it easy or difficult to cross stuff off? How do you go about deciding which books you’ll purchase, and which ones you’ll get from the library?
Thanks to Jackie for hosting this guest-blog, and have a lovely day! :-)
Contest time! Since it’s Tez’s post, we’re going to give away a book that Tez is just absolutely loving at the moment. That book is Mary E. Pearson’s The Adoration of Jenna Fox. Now, I haven’t seen this book yet, but I’ve been seeing it all over the place and if you’re been following the Weekly Geeks Top 10 of 2008, this is going to be high on the list. Everyone seems to love it.
So how to you enter…easy, just answer Tez’s question – what efforts have you made to shorten your wishlist? Do you find it easy or difficult to cross stuff off? How do you go about deciding which books you’ll purchase, and which ones you’ll get from the library?. In order to be entered, you have to answer the question. So don’t be shy.
As always, if you want more chances to win, you can post about today’s contest on your blog, social network, or anywhere you can. Digg it, stumble it, share it with the world. Wherever you share it, make sure you add a link to it along with your answer.
The contest will run until midnight on Oct. 28th. I’ll determine the winner with help from the Research Randomizer.