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February 07, 2018

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Mark

I'm a faster reader than you, and I have the same issue with the TBR pile and buying books you won't actually get to read for years if you are lucky.

Steve

You never know what I'm going to end up reading when it's time for me to start a new book. It might be a book I've had for a week, a book I've had for a year or even (yes, it can happen) a book I've had for a decade. I just finished a fun novel that had been on my shelves since I don't know when -- Richard Brautigan's "A Confederate General from Big Sur" -- and I'm thinking that I'll start an old Western called "The Bravados" tonight (because I usually need a change of pace when I finish a book). But there's also a chance I'll change my mind on a whim and decide to read something else instead. It's nice to have so many choices. I just wish I could resist adding more!

RobinH

I have a friend who has her TBR shelf in strict acquisition order.. and reads them in the order she bought them. Which is amazing to me- I don't grok it at all. (Though she tends to run 50 or so books ahead of reading, she mostly keeps up, too.)

My TBR makes yours look quite reasonable- but then I have JT also buying books in the household, and inevitably some of his aquisitions wind up on my list as well as my own. And since he has a long train commute and I don't, I can totally sympathize with feeling that there are always more books to read than time to read them in! (Though yours always jump the queue- I aquired and immediately read all the Tarot mysteries last summer.)

Steve

"I have a friend who has her TBR shelf in strict acquisition order.. and reads them in the order she bought them. Which is amazing to me- I don't grok it at all."

Oh, my gosh -- I don't grok that, either. (And folks who don't know the word "grok": Look it up! It's a fun one.) As my wife will attest, I'm *constantly* changing my mind. I might go for two weeks thinking "This mystery is good, but I'm really in the mood to read a Western." Then I'll finish the mystery and decide it's been too long since I read any non-fiction, so I'll pick up a history book instead...and almost immediately realize that what I *ought* to be reading is science fiction.

Thanks for picking up the tarot books -- hope you grokked 'em (or at least enjoyed them)!

Bryan Steelman

Steve, take your time. The world can wait. It appears we all have TBR shelves to get us through the wait. In fact, mine has your book 'Blarney'. Sometimes I save a book or three to help me recover in case I've read someone's not-so-great book. When I start a book, I generally push on until I finish it. And since I've never been disappointed by a Hockensmith original, your book is on standby. I also have a Grisham and a Cussler on standby.

To me, pleasure reading should not be rushed. You know it's a good book when you feel like you've witnessed the tale, not read it.

Steve

"When I start a book, I generally push on until I finish it."

That's me, too, Bryan. Which means sometimes I read even more slowly because I'm not even enjoying the book I'm in at the moment. I've gotten better about setting aside disappointing books rather than slogging through them to the bitter end, but I still try to give everything at least 50 pages.

"You know it's a good book when you feel like you've witnessed the tale, not read it."

I love the bittersweet pang when I finish a truly tremendous novel. It feels like leaving a beautiful place you suspect you'll never see again. I don't get that feeling very often, though I read plenty of books I like. Trying to recapture that feeling is one of the reasons I'll always keep working through (and building up!) that TBR pile.

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