Are we too into new releases ?

Here I am, asking philosophical questions about book bloggers’ minds. Before, I never thought about books that would, could eventually release a couple weeks, months, years from now. Unless we’re talking about a favorite author I’m following and will read anything from and am always expecting something new from, well… I rarely paid attention to books being released a long time from now.

Hell, I didn’t even know you could already add books from 2020 on your TBR on Goodreads.

Well…. now I know and it has ruined my life. I even made a brief mention of that in the things I’m thankful for, when it comes to book blogging, but to be honest, if I’m half happy to have incredible books to look forward to, it also has ruined my life. (in a way. let’s not be overdramatic. but I am. TOO MANY BOOKS).

There is something thrilling about adding books that aren’t released, hell, adding books that just have a small blurb and don’t even have a cover, don’t even have a TITLE YET. I did that for Wildcard because I loved Warcross so very much, for instance. There’s something amazing about expecting a book that much and finding out about it, little by little, title, book cover, full synopsis and so on.

There isn’t much that makes me this thrilled. Or maybe getting a new book in the mail, that does the trick, too.

I have started noticing, especially since 2018 started, that I get really focused on new releases. When I’m talking about new releases, I am talking about books releasing this year. Then about books being released in the next year, the year afterwards and so on. It’s like, whenever I’m asking myself “which book should I get?”, I get a thousand ideas and, without realising it, I have quoted mostly books that have been released in the current year.

I guess it’s because people talk about these books so much. They hype them up, they read it as ARCs, they read it as soon as they are released and they are everywhere. In a way, it’s incredible and I am all for this. Hyping up books is a book blogger’s responsibility – sort of? We do it because we love it, though. Getting in all the pre-orders, contributing to first-week sales and so on is good, it’s GREAT even, it does wonders for the author. I am not criticizing that at all, I am ALL for this.

But I just really want to remember the old books, too.

(brb crying because this GIF is terrible)

The ones that have been sitting on my TBR for a thousand years and that I never got to, because they’re from 2016 and that’s light-years away and somehow my mind has forgotten that time, and that book existed. Blinded by the new releases, somehow. Blinded by everyone getting ARCs of amazing books I compulsively add to my TBR because they sound amazing and end up anticipating.

I also know I read most new recent releases, because I don’t want to be out of the loop. I don’t want to miss out on the next big thing, the book everyone is currently talking about. I have massive fear of missing out, okay.

Yet, I have also been missing out on old, hyped books *six of crows hello*, because there are so many books, I just didn’t have the time, or took the time to.

So how do you balance things out? How do you know if you’re focusing your attention on new releases or old releases? How the hell do you face the fear of missing out?

Doing the Beat The Backlist Challenge helps me, and I think I’m doing fairly okay with it overall – but when I look at my book ratio, I have read my share of 2018 releases already, as much or even more than I’ve read older books. It’s so easy to get distracted by new releases, by trying to get the latest ARCs that sound incredible, by trying to be part of the hype, at this very moment and forget about the hype you’ve missed two years ago.

To be honest, I just want to be able to do the “right” thing, to be a “good” book blogger by equally hyping up new books and getting old releases on your radars, too. But I guess finding good balance for that is impossible – and what matters the most anyway is that I try and read whatever the hell I want to and feel like reading at the moment.

Me to me. I have a complicated brain okay.

So I thought I’d finish this small rant by a LIST, because everyone loves lists and hates me for adding books to their TBRs. In keeping with this blog post and idea overall, here are some…

New releases I want to get to as soon as I can

a.k.a me adding books to your TBR that don’t release until 2019 at least, you’re welcome.

Clones and prestigious school setting = I AM HERE FOR THIS OKAY.

THAT COVER + everything looks amazing about this okay.

This is blurbed as Project Runway meets The Wrath and The Dawn and WHAT.

I loved Always Never Yours and I’m here for thiiiiiiiiis.

“Old” books I still haven’t read that I really want to read

a.k.a books prior from 2018 because apparently it’s already “old”.

I know. My sister said she is going to get me that one soon SO I AM EXCITED.

I want this one because it sounds amazing and also because Kat recommended it and I trust her 200%.

This sounds SO cool and that cover, I’m in love.

I NEED AND WANT to read all of this author’s books because I’m certain I would love them.

Do you find yourself reading more new releases (books from this year), older releases or a little bit of both? How do you balance things out – if you manage to do so?

What are some new releases you want to get to as soon as you can? And some oldest books you’d love to read?! Let me know in comments!

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185 thoughts on “Are we too into new releases ?

  1. So much truth to this. I have realized as well that I read way too many new releases compared to all the amazing books I want to read and have been released for a very long time. Finding the balance is not easy, especially when there’s a great new release that you MUST read at least once a week. Even worse when your reading speed is not the fastest out there. Definitely a tough life. ๐Ÿคฃ Great post, Marie! โค

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    1. It really isn’t easy. I know that I also tend to focus on the hot new releases, because well, that’s what everyone is talking about and I can’t help but being curious haha. and yes, I’m not that speedy kind of reader, if I could squeeze in a couple more books per month, maybeeee…
      Yes haha, the tough life of book bloggers indeed ๐Ÿ˜‚
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment! โค โค

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  2. Hello Marie!
    I love this discussion post! You are so right that there is a lot of focus in the blogging community about new releases, and I did notice that I don’t even hear much about books that had once been popular last year.
    Call me a bit of a laggard, but I am actually pretty hesitant about new releases unless it is an author that I know and love (like Leah on the Offbeat or Wildcard!!) I prefer to sit back and wait until the dust settles and see if people are still talking about the book later on. Most of the books on my TBR are actually quite old. I feel that if a book stands the test of time, after the hype fades away, then it is a book that is worth reading.
    Starfish and Six of Crows are definitely on my radar ๐Ÿ™‚
    Love this post and thank you for sharing โค

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    1. I 200% get what you mean – I know that, if sometimes I’m getting a bit carried away by the hype, I also sometimes prefer (and manage) to wait a little while, to see if the book really stands the test of time. That happened with Six of Crows and now, years later, I’m really really glad I read it, because it was still worth all that previous hype haha ๐Ÿ™‚
      But I love your system, though. It’s so easy to get carried away with tons of books we don’t know, it’s good to focus on the names we do recognize and focus our excitement on these ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment, Sophie! โค โค

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  3. I definitely feel the same way. Before joining the book community, I hardly paid attention to new releases. I just picked up a book that I felt like reading. Now I kinda do a mixture of both. I pick up both new releases and old releases but I feel like I get more old than new. Like most of the books on my bookshelf are from 2016 and 2017. I hardly have any 2018 releases because I want to catch up but itโ€™s so hard and sometimes itโ€™s hard to resist. But when I joined I basically got all the new releases but now I balance it out. I try to get some new releases but get a lot of old to compensate. Plus I donโ€™t want to miss out on something great just because it came out a few years ago! Thank you for this post! Also my TBR is endless and always will be. But I think thatโ€™s a good thing because when I was in middle school there was a point I ran out of things to read and my dad being supportive is like โ€œLet me take you to the bookstore!โ€

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    1. I agree, it’s important to remember that there are so many older releases that are so, so very cool as well and that we shouldn’t forget. I’m trying to make more of an effort to read older releases, well, as much as I can on top of the books I already have and / or need to read haha. ๐Ÿ™‚
      Thank YOU so much for your sweet comment! โค โค

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  4. Oh, goodness. Even your old books aren’t that old! One thing I don’t like about everyone reading books released this year is I lose sight of a blogger’s individuality. Like, they all start to sound the same. Book blogs that have a theme or a goal that that get to every so often to remind me of how thy are different endears me to that blogger. To try and balance out my reading, I decided for the new year I would have the goal of reading and reviewing one book per week minimum. I would read one book from each category: a book I own that’s been shelved the longest, a book I own that’s the newest shelved, a book for my Reading Fat Women challenge, and one random book for whatever I’m feeling. It’s been working out GREAT!

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    1. Hahaha I KNOW. I have so many books on my TBR though, I have much older books hidden somewhere in there, too, don’t worry haha ๐Ÿ™‚
      This is such a great goal – and a great way to diversify your reading for sure!! I hope it will go well for you! Happy reading!! ๐Ÿ˜€

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      1. Oh it was a general question I asked myself, but I know I want to try and do better when it comes to this, too. It will probably take time haha to find a good rhythm, but I’ll see ๐Ÿ˜€

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  5. You always have the best discussion posts ๐Ÿ™‚ I think the hype train for upcoming books is both fun and kinda annoying for me. I get so distracted by new and upcoming stuff that I ignore stuff on my shelves that I really want to read *squirrel moments*. I also love your list of back list titles to get to ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. I do find that I can get so caught up in new releases, that I completely forget about old books on my TBR! And I also can get caught up in one particular new release and NOT EVEN KNOW ABOUT NEW BOOKS! I get frustrated by that happening a ton! I think the industry pushes a select few and we can not even really hear about super important own voices or unique books hitting the market.

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    1. YES exactly! Sometimes I feel a bit frustrated, because… I get so blinded up by some new releases, I am certain that I am missing out on some other amazing books, whether they’re older or also new releases, but, because they are not as hyped, well, I’ve never heard of them. That breaks my heart, honestly. I’m trying my best to balance things out, but sometimes it’s hard, with all the hype surrounding us about certain books, too :/
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment, Elizabeth! โค โค

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    1. Ohh that’s so great! I hope you’ll get through your TBR quickly so you can read it haha, I would love to know what you think of it ๐Ÿ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค

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  7. This is the absolute truth. I have felt this too that I am more inclined towards new releases than the older ones and that’s why my TBR is so high. We caught up reading the new books because we see all those floating around the community and it is hard to resist them. But I like to read older books and taking up a few reading challenges really helps with it.
    My goal is to read a classic and an Agatha Christie each month (which I am failing off course) so that I can read those books.
    And yes from your list, you need to read Starfish!

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    1. Yes exactly, we see all of these new books floating around and we can’t help but be curious about them, want them as well, haha ๐Ÿ™‚ Challenges are certainly a great way to keep track with old releases, too… I suck at challenges though hahaha ๐Ÿ˜›

      You will be VERY happy to know that I have a copy of Starfish! FINALLY! I’m hoping to get to it soon and I am sooooo impatient ๐Ÿ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment!! โค โค

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  8. I totally understand how you feel! I think I just lose motivation to read ARCs when it’s been awhile since they came out – they aren’t all new and shiny anymore.

    Beat the backlist challenges have really helped me. I’ve also been trying to personally challenge myself to read a few classics (like, Dickens or genre must-reads, etc) a year so I can have a good foundational knowledge to see how a genre or literature in general got to the point it’s currently at. I’m really loving seeing how genre have developed and it makes reading retellings so much more meaningful.

    Good luck catching up on all your old books! There are way too many books in the world to properly read all of them.

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    1. Oh this is such a great idea – I kind of suck with challenges and everything, but I admire people challenging themselves to read books like these in a year so much. I hope that it’s going well so far and that you found amazing books you loved! ๐Ÿ˜€

      There are way too many books indeed… I’m hoping we will get to the ones we want the most someday haha ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! โค โค

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  9. I tend to read more older releases. I just love having the opportunity to read other reviews before deciding if I actually want to read the book or not (mostly because I don’t really have the money to buy many new books). Plus there is a bigger chance that more people have read an older release and that means that I can discuss it with them easier and better! ๐Ÿ˜€ That’s something I adore doing!
    Though I do also read new releases, especially from authors that I already love. Those books I always eagerly anticipate and buy as soon as they come out. (Most of the time that is.) I just think I prefer older releases because new releases have a lot of hype to them and that frankly intimidates me. I feel as if I “have” to like them, which is ridiculous and something I’m trying to work on.
    Amazing post Marie, as always! โค ๐Ÿ™‚

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    1. OH that’s such a great point – you’re right that you have more people to chat with, whenever you read an older release, that’s for sure. I also love checking out other people’s reviews and it is easier to find some, whenever the book is a bit older… or unless it’s a very recent book that everyone has somehow already read hahaha ๐Ÿ™‚

      I completely get what you mean, there is something a bit intimidating about the new books everyone is raving about. There is a bit of pressure to enjoy them, I guess, and it’s better to wait sometimes until the hype dies down ๐Ÿ™‚

      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment, Anna! โค

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  10. This is so so true! I haven’t been as involved in the whole book blogger world recently, but I know how we can get so worked up over new releases. Yes, promoting new books is part of our ‘jobs’ (the whole paid/unpaid thing is a whole other debate) but I also think we shouldn’t have to feel guilty about reading older books (and older generally means like last year). (or feeling guilty about rereading! You should enjoy your favourites!). I love the book blogging community, don’t get me wrong, but this kind of thing feels very silly. We should unite over our love of reading, not divide over it. Great post (as always)

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    1. Yesss that’s so it. It feels like it’s our “duty” to read new releases, as book bloggers, to raise awareness and hype and everything, but we shouldn’t feel guilty if we read “old” books either. What matters is that we enjoy what we read after all and I should really remember that more often ๐Ÿ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Shar! โค

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  11. YES. Yes we are hahahah. Seriously though- I find that the shiner and newer (aka, unpublished and barely an actual book) the thing is, the more I “need” it. Which is silly because all the released books were once books I desperately “needed” too. I have been trying really hard lately to balance out the backlist with the new crap- I have been asking people to pick books for me to read so that I kind of feel obligated to read them, because apparently that is the only way I can read books, oops?

    Though one thing I have been VERY good to not do is read books as soon as I get them- like if I have a 2019 ARC, I am NOT reading it now, half because it’s ridiculous but also half because I’ll forget what it’s about? (Fine it’s more the second thing hah.) Great topic!!

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    1. I am so happy you get what I mean, I have kind of been feeling this very same way, with the “needing” thing and… well, I’m not a fan of that feeling at all ๐Ÿ˜‚ I guess it’s so easy to get swept away, whenever you’re book blogging, whenever you’re seeing all of these shiny new ARCs and new releases making their way everywhere, it’s only human to want the same things, I guess. I’m trying to focus on the books I really want to read though and trying not to get too swept up by everything. It’s a work in progress for sure haha ๐Ÿ™‚
      OH that’s such a good system, too! I don’t have ARCs that go that far, but whenever I have a book that releases only a couple months from now, I always try and read it a bit later… otherwise, well, I just read then forget everything about it by the time I need to review it ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚
      Thank you so, so much, Shannon! โค โค

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      1. I don’t have a library at all to get my books from ๐Ÿ™‚ I live in France and if we have some libraries here and there, they do not come with the selection of books I want to read, so no library for me. That’s the case for tons of international bloggers, unfortunately… :/

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  12. Ahhh, yes!! Totally. We book bloggers, unknowingly and unintentionally, give into the hype or give into building a hype. I pick up a 2015 release, mark it read on GR, feel happy about myself and then suddenly there’s this ARC I had requested that got accepted and now eff all the promises I had done to myself about reading only backlist books for a while. I think being a reader and being a book blogger are widely different things which is why we can’t seem to find a balance between the two. Imagine if we didn’t have any blog tours to do or no ARC deadlines (no ARCs at all, in fact) then we would be picking up books simply because we want to read it. Period. No other reason. Maybe we want to read it because everyone is reading or because the person I trust the most in this world liked it. No other reasons or deadlines. Ah well, that would make a great scenario but there’s nothing we would change when it comes to book blogging ๐Ÿ˜€ I loved this post! Also, The Similars SOUNDS SO GOOD! Thanks for increasing my TBR โค

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    1. I love your sentence here, it perfectly describes book bloggers, either giving into the hype or into building it. THIS IS EXACTLY IT! ๐Ÿ˜€
      I feel like my reading life has changed so, so much since I became a book blogger, before there was no such thing as hype, I did not know that ARCs were a thing that existed, I didn’t know about blog tours and everything else. It is INCREDIBLE to be part of such opportunities, to build up hype and discover incredible books though, that’s for sure ๐Ÿ˜€
      Thank you so, so much for your sweet comment, Fanna! ๐Ÿ˜€ โค โค

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  13. I fell off the reading wagon a few years ago, and have only recently been trying to get back on. So I’m just swamped with alllll the books that have come out within the past three years and it’s going about as well as you would think. Especially since everyone hypes up the new releases so much, and then I find myself wanting to read those while I still have at least 40 older unread books glaring at me disapprovingly ๐Ÿ™ˆ.

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    1. Oh I completely get the struggle, there are just WAY too many books everywhere haha. In the end, you should try to listen to that inner voice and picking up the books you are the most excited about ๐Ÿ˜€ Easier said than done in the book community, but… trust yourself, you can do this ๐Ÿ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! โค

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  14. Ugh, yes, this is definitely a problem I have. I think what makes it hard to ignore new releases for backlist titles is that most bloggers – including myself, to be fair – tend to concentrate on new releases A LOT, so there’s a lot of hype centering around new releases. Seeing the same titles pop up on twitter, bookstagram, goodreads and blogs makes me want to read ALL of them haha.

    That said, I feel like I’ve learnt to balance it out more evenly, and I’m also doing Beat the Backlist to further push myself to read backlist novels. Also, I’ve gotten into binge-reading series this year, which obviously only works with backlist titles.

    Great post! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Veronika @ The Regal Critiques

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    1. Yes yes yes that’s exactly it – as book bloggers, we tend to see and want to be part of the current hype, so obviously we will be attracted to all of the books that are currently talked about everywhere on social media and blogs. We can’t help it, I guess it’s in our blogger’s DNA ๐Ÿ˜›

      That’s so great – I also need and want to balance things out a bit better, becuase there are so many backlist titles that are incredible, I’m sure ๐Ÿ˜€

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Veronika! ๐Ÿ˜€

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  15. I think there’s a short period of a few months where a new release is still a new release. After that it gets pushed with the rest of the back log if I haven’t read it yet. Honestly, the window is quite short. I frequently find myself getting overwhelmed with all the books I want/need to read. Sadly, sometimes the gap has been too long and I find I’m no longer interested in a book I was waiting a year for! But I try to keep the mindset that as long as I’m reading and supporting authors, the exact timing doesn’t matter too much.

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    1. Oh yes – it’s so short, a book is only new for a couple of weeks and then it feels like it’s been released forever, we forget about it and/or we just see the new releases coming up. It’s a vicious circle ๐Ÿ˜›
      YES exactly, that’s how I’m trying to think of it and how we all should view things, the exact timing does not matter too much, we do what we can and we support the authors at some point ๐Ÿ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment! โค

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  16. This is all so true!!! I’ve read over 60 backlist books this year, but I’ve also read 200 books total so far, so it’s less than 1/3 of the books I read. and I definitely don’t hype backlist as much either. I wish I did more of that and maybe it’s time to start a weekly backlist post day or something, because it’s kind of crazy how we’re obsessed with all the latest and greatest! wonderful post, Marie!

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    1. Wow, you have read 200 books already?๐Ÿ˜ฑ what kind of magical powers do you have, and where can I get some? ๐Ÿ˜‚ It’s fantastic that you get to rea so much ๐Ÿ˜€
      I agree with you – and that weekly backlist post is such a brilliant idea, I love it! We definitely are too focused on new releases at times and it feels so good when we discover an amazing backlist title ๐Ÿ˜€
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment!! โค โค

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      1. ahaha just a bad trigger finger on Netgalley & a strong urge to procrastinate bahahaha

        backlists definitely need more love! even four months later really buzzed books can basically disappear.

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  17. I used to struggle with this A LOT so I feel you Marie! I don’t know when exactly it happened, but at some point I kind of lost sight of which books are coming out and when? I only know of sequels, or new books by favourite authors. Otherwise I’m pretty much clueless haha. I guess that also happened because I’m not as active in the book blogging community anymore? At least not as much as I’d like. It’s really easy to lose sight of new releases that way too. I’d say don’t pressure yourself too much and just read what you want โค๏ธ

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    1. Oh I understand that – I feel like I’m missing out on TONS of things and not focusing so much on what’s going to come whenever I take a little break. Once I’m back all in the community, I know everything released in 2019 and it’s almost scary ๐Ÿ˜‚
      I think it’s so important, like you said, to try and really focus on reading whatever we want, even if it’s hard sometimes with the community’s pressure, it’s what makes us the happiest after all ๐Ÿ˜€

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  18. This is such a familiar balancing game, haha. I don’t have my spreadsheet with me, but I do plan on looking back at the end of the year and check how many 2018-releases I’ve read compared with older releases. That will definitely give me some insight in how I handle the balance.
    Right now, I don’t feel like it’s necessarily tipping one side or the other, but that’s probably because I simply don’t KNOW.

    What I do know, is how I’ve read very little of my pre-2018 TBR so far. Only about 35 books of the.. about 150, I think? But that doesn’t mean all other reads were 2018-releases so that doesn’t give a proper view of things either.
    [Have to admit, I’m looking forward to 2019 simply so I can read the hell out of my pre-2019 TBR :’) There’s a LOT of new releases on my TBR right now that I really want to get through, but I’m trying to focus more on my pre-2018 TBR because of a challenge my boyfriend set me at the start of the year..]

    Let’s just end this with: I hope I’m keeping things balanced, but I’ll only know for sure once I’m able to check my spreadsheet. :’)

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    1. You are so, SO very organized with your spreadsheet, I admire you SO much ๐Ÿ˜‚ I just check my goodreads and… for now Ithink I’m okay at balancing things out, but…. sometimes I’m also reading A LOT of new releases and… finding balance is SO hard ๐Ÿ˜‚

      There are always so many books we want to read though, it’s so hard to know which ones to prioritize, we want them ALL ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

      Thank you so, so much for sharing your thoughts!! โค

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      1. HAHA. No I’m not. I opened my spreadsheet for the first time in two months past weekend and I had to add everything I read during that time all in one go – it was awful. Not to mention how I still have to check whether or not I reviewed all my reads on Amazon and stuff like that. Haven’t done any of that yet. I’m not organized – I’m a flailing mess. ๐Ÿ˜€

        Finding balance is definitely hard!
        Sometimes I wish we could read a 350-page book in an hour. Simply so we could go “now I’ll read THESE ALL TODAY” and actually finish them all too. :’)

        โค

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      2. Well… you HAVE a spreadsheet so that’s one step towards being organized, for me? ๐Ÿ˜‚ you’re doing GREAT in that way? ๐Ÿ˜‚

        YES oh, how awesome would that be. We need to know how to speed-read and everything. But then… would we REALLY appreciate a book as much if we read it super fast? I wonder. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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      3. Hahaha. Now I only have to turn the spreadsheet into something that actually works decently instead of getting on my nerves like it does now. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

        Hm. I think we would! And we can always decide to take our time with one too. Just the OPTION to read one more quickly would be nice, really. ๐Ÿ˜‚

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