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.
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.
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?!
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.