I mentioned this in my 2014 reading and blogging goals post, but now I’m making it official: I’m joining the Take Control of Your TBR Pile challenge in March. It’s hosted by The Caffeinated Book Reviewer, and she’s also hosting a related Ides of March read-a-thon from March 13 – 17.
It’s a little tricky for me to commit to read-a-thons, because I don’t always know when I’ll be in crunch mode with an indexing project. But Kimba is making it really easy: write either a sign-up post or a wrap-up post; participate in at least one challenge during the read-a-thon (these are often a game or puzzle or something fun); and join for however many days of the read-a-thon you can. That much I can probably manage, even if things go into crunch mode with work.
So consider this my official sign up post for both the Take Control of Your TBR Pile challenge and the Ides of March read-a-thon. My goal for both is the same: to make at least a dent in the intimidating piles of books, real and virtual, in my TBR pile, with the proviso that I’m going to focus on books I choose to read — books I would want to read even if I weren’t a blogger. Books I’ve been putting off because I had to get through my NetGalley backlog. Books my daughter has raved about, but I haven’t gotten around to yet. Series I started and never finished. They all add up to a truly impressive list, and I know I don’t have a hope of getting through them all, but if I can read just 10 of them — just 10, in a whole month — I’ll feel like I aced the challenge.
I’m not making an actual list, because the other thing I’m going to do is let my mood dictate my choices — something I don’t always get to do anymore, when I’ve committed to reviews or blog tours. I’m going to read exactly the books I want to, when I want to.
It will be fun to see what the end-of-the-challenge list looks like!