That awkward moment when a book is screaming “READ ME”

Hi friends, bookworms, how are you? Another sunday is here again, and with it, a billion new books to read over the weekend! However, if you want to take a break from ALL of these fictional worlds -just for a moment, don’t worry!, well…how about a cup of tea and a chat about … BOOKS ?

For starters, I have THE MOST difficult question to ask you: how is your TBR doing? I know, it’s a shame of me to ask you bookworms this kind of question, because well, you’re probably all DROWNING under billions of new books to read everyday, and loving it. So, why am I bothering, you’re asking? Well, because I want to KNOW what delicious books you’re burying yourself into, only to get out for a cup of tea, some obvious cake and chocolate, AND, well, to find out about new books, and GET EXCITED ABOUT IT.

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We add books to our TBR because of many, many reasons: recommendations from friends, bloggers, the dreaded yet sometimes awesome hype… Then, there are the TOTALLY SELFISH AND SUPERFICIAL reasons: the cover, the author, the curiosity eating you away like a little monster. But can we help it? No, because, well, all those books are screaming at us like little monsters, READ ME, READ ME, NO, READ ME FIRST.

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But here’s the REAL question. HOW do you choose which books to add to your TBR? And by that, I don’t mean you’re trying to hop on a scale to reach the 7th heaven when your physical TBR is finally ending, or scrolling down and doooooooooown ‘til you’re at the end of the 1933712th book on your to-read shelf on Goodreads. It’s not a physics question, but a MENTAL question. Because sometimes, when scrolling endlessly to find new books, there’s this moment you might have experienced already. When your brain suddenly urges you to stop, the world freezes, and then the crazy bookworm inside of yourself –and a bit outside, sometimes, too-, SCREAMS that you need to read that book, and add it to your TBR instantly. But WHEN does that crazy screaming occurs? At what moment between seeing the gorgeous cover and stopping on some heartbreaking moment, do you click on the WANT TO READ?!

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We all have those “instant want-to-read books”. It happens a lot to me when it’s a contemporary that seem too cute, when it’s a story about sisters or family (I’ll Give You The Sun hello, nice to always talk about you), when it’s a IT SEEMS SO WEIRD I WANT TO READ IT thing, when there’s a case of disappearance (I am weirdly fascinated by people disappearing), when it’s a childhood friends kind of story. Ugh, because I GET SO MANY FEELINGS when I read those kind of relationships, I’m not sure why, but I do. And I LOVE it. There’s also some unique cases of, when, in any day, I’ve spend hours on Goodreads and on blogs, and stumble upon THE synopsis. It’s weird, it’s kind of crazy, sometimes it’s not even in your comfort zone, but at that point, WHO CARES? I feel like I HAVE to check out that weirdness. It happened with More than this, most recently with Pretending to be Erica… It happens a LOT, okay. Because there are just TOO MANY good books to read, and I want to get to know them ALL.

Do you often feel like books are just SCREAMING at you to get them, buy them, read them, pet them and love them RIGHT THIS SECONDWhat kind of books give you this “instant-want-to read” feeling? 💬

What genre do you lean towards to the most? What are your favorite themes in books? Let’s chat in comments! 💬

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62 thoughts on “That awkward moment when a book is screaming “READ ME”

  1. I completely relate to this, which is why I’m currently reading 3 books at the time – I couldn’t choose!! 😦 I definitely tend to prioritise books of the ‘IT SEEMS SO WEIRD I WANT TO READ IT’ variety you mentioned haha… especially if it sounds strange/creepy (my favourite kind of book!) In general YA is what I reach for first in all instances (and usually contemporary of some sort). I love fantasy, but I’m quite new to reading it, so I never seem to reach for that first (even though I know I’ll love it when I do!)

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    1. Oh yay, thank you, I’m so glad you liked this post ❤ I love weird books, too, sometimes there are synopsis that are just completely CRAZY and strange and I think that makes me want to read the book even more! 😀
      I'm new to reading fantasy, too, well, recently, so it's not the genre I reach for at first, but I want to do that, more 🙂
      Thank you so much for sharing your opinion on this! ❤

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      1. Oooh, now I’m really excited to read More Than This (I got a copy last month!) I LOVE The Accident Season, it was one of my favourite books last year. Definitely a weird one. Hmm.. my favourite weird books are probably Night Film by Marisha Pessl, Annihilation by Jeff van der Meer (it’s the first in a trilogy – the other books aren’t really worth it but the first one’s amazing) and Pines by Blake Crouch (another trilogy, but all of them are awesome!)

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      2. Hopefully I’ll get round to reading it this month! 🙂 I just thought of another good one actually – Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick. Oooh please do, they were all very addictive books! 😀

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  2. I totally agree with you! It can be hard to say “right, I’m reading this book next” when you want to read all the books on your shelf! I find it hard to choose, but I’m not one of those people that have 100s of books on their owned TBR. Usually I read ARCs or library books first, because I need to review them or give them back! There’s often some pressure to write a review/give back a book that chivvies me along to read it 😉

    Denise | The Bibliolater

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    1. I’m glad you agree with me! ❤ Oh yes, I do the same thing, I prioritize ARCs first, but I definitely feel more pressured while I read it, because what am I gonna write in my review if I don't like it, ahah.This goes for hyped books, too, I guess.
      Thank you so much for sharing your opinion on this, Denise! Always so great to see you here! ❤

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  3. I judge books by covers (in a literal and not figurative sense, of course). I admit it. 😛 Usually I don’t ever read book flaps or premises because I want to be surprised, instead I just glimpse at my Goodreads friends’ reviews. And if the majority has given this a 4 or 5 stars it’s a definite purchase. Hype and seeing it often around the blogosphere also contributes, for sure!. And I usually lean more towards fantasy and paranormal, but the summer is time for contemporaries so I’ve noticed I’ve been indulgent in those in that season. 😉 Wonderful post, Marie!

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    1. Wow, I don’t know how you can NOT read premises! I’m always too tempted to read those, but, just like you, friends’ reviews and ratings play a big role in whether I will buy the book or not! 🙂
      Oh yes, summer is the perfect time to read sweet contemporaries…but you know me, it’s ALWAYS time for that kind of reads for me 😛
      Thank you so, so much, Summer! ❤

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  4. I’m awful at this sometimes because I suck at making decisions. Usually, I pick 2-3 books and then randomly generate a number or flip a coin to decide what book to pick up next. But when I do this, I normally I’m already leaning towards one of the books or another one completely and I give up and pick it to read instead.

    I’m pretty good about the impulse buying until they are on sale or super cheap, then I give in. I am a impulse “requester” though when it comes to the library and Netgalley, though I’ve worked really hard to over come that…for the first two months. Then I swamped myself for this month so I hope that kick starts me to be more proactive about things!

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    1. Ahah I’m so glad I’m not the only one, I suck at making decisions, too, SO BADLY, ahahah. Well, if this happens, it means that deep down, you know what you want to read, you just need to feel pressured a bit maybe 🙂
      Ohh, I get the feeling, it’s so hard to refrain yourself, there are just SO many good books to read ! I’m always telling myself that I shouldn’t request too much, because afterwards I’ll feel stressed to read them all in a short amount of time.

      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this, Lauren! ❤ ❤

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  5. Ohh, I really love this post Marie 😀
    There is literally no rhyme or reason to my TBR list. Most of it is actually in my head and a lot of the time I see a book which isn’t on my TBR list and think ‘huh, that sounds interesting, I’ll start that book next instead’.
    I do need to start tackling some of the books that are actually on my TBR list, and I need to make an official list!

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      1. That’s all right 😀
        I do try and read ARCs first if I have any in my to-read list but if I don’t it’s literally just what I feel like reading next. If I’m not interested in reading a book at that time I won’t be able to read it, I’ll find other stuff to do instead of reading and it’ll take me ages to get through it, not because it’s a bad book but just because I’m not in the mood to read it yet :/
        I’ve got through all the ARCs in my to-read list so it’s just whatever catches my eyes at the moment 😀

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      2. Oh, that’s the worst when you’re not in the mood to read a book, and just put it off all the time. I really don’t like when that happens 😦 I do try to start another book when it does, but when I started reading already, I feel too committed to give up, ahah!
        Ohhh that’s awesome 😀 And what are you reading at the moment? 😀 (I can’t remember if you told me, sorry :O)

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      3. Exactly, there are a few books I stared but then stopped because I just wasn’t in the middle to read them and it started becoming a chore. I was looking for any excuse to stop reading them basically and they weren’t bad books or anything. So now I just read what I want when I want.
        Not reading anything at the moment, trying to catch up on my backlog of reviews before I start anything else 😀 but I just finished A Court of Thorns and Roses and next I’ll be starting Throne of Glass, both by Sarah J. Maas. Are you reading anything good at the moment, I feel like I need some more recommendations 😀

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      4. You’re right, I think that’s the most important: reading shouldn’t become a chore, and you shouldn’t force yourself, it’s the best way to get sick of it.
        Ohhh, I should do like you, but I just can’t stop reading, and my reviews are starting to pile up, haha. Hm, I just finished reading The Sky Is Everywhere, and it was FANTASTIC, Jandy Nelson is becoming one of my favorite authors! ❤ I started reading ASDOM, and for now I'm very curious about this whole story… I hope I'll like it 😀

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      5. Exactly, many it puts me in a bit of a slump as well because I’m not interested in the book but I keep thinking I need to finish it and before I know it a weeks gone by and I’ve only read one chapter :/
        I have a week off work this week so I’m using it to catch up on my reviews, I tend to not read as much when I’m not commuting into London, then it’ll just be a case of keeping on top of them all.
        Ohh, I may have to look that one up after I’ve read I’ll Give You the Sun, if you liked it I’m sure it’s brilliant 🙂

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      6. Ohh that’s awesome, I wish I had some time off, too, but well, I can’t wait for the weekend 🙂 That’s so good when you get actual time to work on your reviews, when I do that, I feel so…FREE afterwards, if that makes sense, haha 😛
        Oh yes, it is brilliant! Definitely let me know if you read it 😀

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      7. I had some extra holiday so I thought I might as well use it, but I’ve actually done a lot of posts and reviews for my blog. I’ve got a lot in my drafts folder now; reviews, tags and awards, TTT posts for the coming weeks. I feel very prepared and very accomplished right now. Not sure how long that will last though!
        I actually brought I’ll Give You the Sun today from Waterstones so hopefully I’ll be able to get around to it soon (I’ve gone way over my book budget this month!)

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      8. It’s very rare I have that feeling, I’m a terrible procrastinator so I’m more likely to be behind on posts!
        Hopefully I’ll be able to start it next week once I’ve finished the Throne of Glass series! But I’ll definitely let you know what I think when I’m done 🙂

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      9. I try and actually plan out what I want to post, but there are times when if I’m just feeling lazy I will put off writing a review for a night or two. I can’t even express how much of a miracle it is that I actually have posts in my drafts folder waiting to be published!

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      10. Well stranger things have happened. It’d be nice if that did though, then even if I wanted to have a night off from writing anything if have something in my drafts folder, and I’d always keep my reviews up to date as well 🙂 I guess it’s something to aim for!

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      11. I think my goal at the moment should be to keep up to date in my reviews and tags! But yeah it’s good to have a plan or something. I want to try and keep going with this blog and if keeping up with my drafts helps it be less stressful that’ll be good 🙂

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  6. Per adding books to the list: cover lust + blurb = when both are legit it’s a winning combination. For reading priorities it depends on what I have on my schedule because while I’d prefer to get ARCs and stuff out of the way, most of the time, the reviews aren’t going up for several weeks and it’s an issue when I need a review ASAP to keep the content up on the blog. This is a new-ish issue I’ve never really had to deal with in the past 2 years of blogging but I welcome the challenge haha.

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    1. OH yes, cover lust and blurb are definitely the winning combinaison for me, too. Sometimes I just look at a cover and know I’ll want to read the book, sometimes the first words of a synopsis just catch my attention, and I need to read it.
      I do the same about ARCs, I tend to try and read them first, so the “job” is done, but I always take so long to write up reviews…that’s so bad, ahah. The day I’ll write reviews right after reading a book…well, this didn’t happen yet, haha.
      Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this, Joey! ❤

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  7. That’s actually a tough question. I am not always sure I know what motivates me to actually put the book on my TBR for real. Pretty covers and the book being highly recommended by friends definitely helps though.
    I think I’ve discovered that I read a lot of books after having watched the trailers for their movie or TV adaptation. Not always of course, but sometimes that is the final nudge to get me to buy a book. It is the main reason for most adult novels I read at least (like This Is How I Leave You, The Hundred-Foot Journey or Austenland). When it comes to YA I am not so sure though. I read so many genres, even though I wouldn’t exactly call myself a buff in very many of them. It’s mostly a spur of the moment kind of thing.

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    1. I really like asking tough questions, ahah. Friends recommendations play such a huge part in my decision-making, especially now that I’m in this wonderful community. I think that before, I picked out a book because of its synopsis and cover, but now I count a lot on recommendations, too 🙂
      Ohh yes, that’s a great one, I do that too sometimes! Because I’m too impatient to wait for the movie/tv show, or because it makes me curious about the book. 🙂
      Thank you so much Kat! ❤

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  8. I totally agree! Books really screams to be read but I only add those that I genuinely interested in reading. I want to keep my TBR as low as possible and I never add a book just because of it’s beautiful cover. I love reading fantasy and dystopian and sometimes YA contemporary. genre. Books with hate-love relationship will always give me instant want to read feeling. Great post btw! 😀

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    1. TEACH ME YOUR WAYS PLEASE. I sometimes have a weakness for gorgeous covers, ahah, but I guess that, even if I add those to my TBR, I remove them if I realize I’m not interested in reading them. Ohh, hate-love relationships are always really interesting, I love to see how they can develop in the story ! 🙂
      Thank you so, so much! ❤

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  9. I know what you mean! I have so many books on my shelves that I bought months or years ago that I know want me to read them, but I always end up reading stuff from publishers first. I’ve been trying to change that this year, and the Backlist Books Reading Challenge has been helping. So far I’ve read one backlist book a month, and I’m feeling a lot better about my TBR pile.

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