CBA Discussion | Deciding What To Read

Posted on Friday, September 13, 2013 12:00 AM

I don’t know about you, but most of the time I have a hard time trying to choose what book to read next.  It usually takes me a while to decide if I should read a review book or if I should read one that has been sitting on my shelf for over a year?   
 Most of the time, I would decide to read one of my review books before I would pick up one off of my TBR shelf, since I try to let my review books take priority over the books that I have purchased myself.  But I have been letting my review books take priority for so long that this has created kind of a problem for me.  I no longer have any room on my TBR Shelf and this is driving me crazy because some of my books that I haven’t read yet are sitting on my ‘read’ shelf and I can’t have ‘not read’ books on my ‘read’ shelf. 

So, in order to get some room back on my shelf, I have come up with a system that I think will help me out tremendously.  
From now on I’m going to alternate between a review book and one off of my shelf.  So, once I get done with the review book that I’m reading now, I will pick one off of my shelf and read that one.  I think that this is the best solution for me to get more space on my TBR shelf (I’ve asked for a new bookshelf for Christmas *fingers crossed*) and to keep my review pile caught up.
Talk to me 
How do you decide between review books and books that you own?  Do you have a system?


  1. I don't really have much of a choice. I can't bring electronic devices to school, so no ARCs. And as much as I want to read them on weekends, I keep getting sidetracked. So yeah, I have a big pile that needs to be read.

  2. Oh, well this is helpful :D I hope you find your system effective! I don't have a system, but I usually just pick the most interesting book on the shelf. If there are a lot of those, I just go for the nearest one. Haha!

  3. I was finding myself stressing out about this too. What I did was; Schedule specific books for certain days of the week. Monday ARCs- Tuesday Library, etc.. So then, I would just alternate between them all. It seems to be working out so far!

    I hope your system works out for you! Let me know how it goes :)

  4. Wish I could help but I have the exact same issue, there are so many books I own that I desperately want to read, Divergent and Throne of Glass, for two. I wish I could follow that system, it's a great idea! I just feel so guilty for not reading review books first, haha!

  5. Well, either fortunately or unfortunately, I don't really have many review books to read. But I do feel like I have to read the books I have from the library. I usually try and alternate between types (dystopian, contemporary, fantasy, etc) just to mix it up. But your system does sound like a good idea. ~Pam

  6. I had exactly the same problem. All I was reading was review books and I hated ignoring all my own books that I had been so excited about buying. Now I read one review book, one of my own every week and usually one I won as well. I read about 4 books so the extra one is usually another review book. It feels better to have a system and I no longer feel I'm ignoring big chunks of my books.

  7. It's hard for me to decide what to read next too. I have so many books that I've been wanting to read for a long time, but there are always new books coming along! I buy 2-4 new books a week plus occasionally I'll get a review book. I need to back off the buying until I read some of what I already have.

  8. I think that sounds like a great way to tackle your pile of books you own! I might need to try something similar :)

  9. I just have a system of reading whatever I want whenever I want haha. This tends to work well for me because I read relatively quickly, so I don't really need to worry about not being able to meet deadlines for review books. And I guess it doesn't even really matter when you publish a review for a review book (as long as it's not a year later or something like that :P). It's good just to step back from the review pile every once in a while and tackle the TBR.


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