Today’s Writer Wednesday series continues with a discussion of one of the most personal things in a writer’s life. Their To Be Read (TBR) pile.
The TBR is something that’s rarely shared and mentioned even less. Why? Because writers tend to have other writers as friends. So if your CP’s debut novel is on your Nook or Kindle (which it is), you must also have all the books of all of your Golden Heart Sisters and brother. Then there are the books written by relatives, friends from your GIAM loop, and authors from your local writing chapters. Basically, as a writer, you are committed to reading every book published by every writer you’ve ever met. That’s a lot of books!
While all those books sound wonderful, there aren’t enough hours in the day to read them (and review them) all promptly. Since I am an emotional over-reader (yes, it’s a thing!), the order of the books to be read can change depending on my mood. So at any given hour during the day, my pile either makes me extremely happy or overly stressed. My pile is truly a source of dread and joy.
Therefore I keep the reading order a secret and rarely promise to read a book within a certain time. The reading order is never personal–it’s always based on emotion and what kind of book mood, or story trope, I need at that moment.
Since ninety percent of my TBR is on my first-generation Nook, I’m willing to share the teetering pile of books on my nightstand, as well as the bookshelf stocked with only a portion of the YA books my teens have collected. (I have other piles, but I don’t want anyone to think I’m a book hoarder!)
As a librarian, I mentally separate my books between between fiction and non-fiction. The non-fiction pile includes books on paying for college, books on creativity such as The Artist’s Way and Big Magic, my women’s bible and devotional, books on organizing and housekeeping, writing craft books, and a few biographies.
The second separation is within the fiction genre between Young Adult and Adult fiction. I love both genres, but most of the YA books live with the teens where they are shelved by book cover color. (Is there any other way to shelve books?)
After that, the adult fiction books are separated between Literary and Mass Market fiction. Then the Mass Market books are divided by genre: horror, romance, mystery, sci-fi, etc.
Finally, I divide my romance novels into sub-genres: paranormal, romantic suspense, historical, contemporary, etc.
Between hard copy books and e-books, I have over 500 books on my TBR list right now. Which is why I’m not mentioning names or titles. I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings!
But my most important book is my Emily Ley Simplified Planner. (Not technically a book, but it keeps my life in order so I can read more books.) My planner, along with the teenagers’ self-serve hot chocolate bar, helps start my early, early mornings in the best way possible!
So what’s on your TBR pile? I’d love to know!
Thank your for spending the day with us. Below is a link of my Golden Heart sisters who are participating in today’s blog party. Hope to see you next month!
All photos courtesy of Sharon Wray. Copyright 2016.