When I first started blogging in 2014, I was just dipping my toe back into the waters of being a “reader”. It had been a while since I’d followed the latest trends, heard about new releases, and had favourite authors to follow. I became a teenager (which for me meant less reading), I went to University (which meant more reading, but of the dreaded “required” variety), and I guess life just happened. I got side-tracked from something I loved.
Then I discovered Book Blogs and decided to create my own. Not only did I rediscover reading, but I stumbled upon an amazing bookish community who “got” my fixation with the smell of new books, my reluctance to ever lend a book out, and my inability to say “no” when it comes to buying new books (admit it, you’re all enablers, and I love you all for it). But along with this enjoyable, insanity inducing hobby, comes Goodreads, Top Ten Tuesdays, Waiting on Wednesdays, ARCS, reviews… The recommendations for new books to read is pretty much constant.
When I first started blogging, I was oblivious to the current best sellers, let alone what books I was looking forward to being released. But now, one year on, I felt a sense of pride yesterday when putting together my Top Ten Tuesday post, because I could name at least 5 books off the top of my head that I was really looking forward to in the next half of 2015. To figure out the rest of the list, I did a little Goodreads research.
My search term, “Goodreads 2015 releases” brought back 5,541 results. Granted, a small number of these are actually 2016 releases, and I’m sure as you go further down the list plenty are self-published or much lesser known reads. But seriously, over 5,000 new releases in one year?! Are you kidding me?!
As I went through the list to try and pick out some titles I’m genuinely excited for and know I have to read, I started marking some as wish-list, or thinking-about-it, the two shelves I keep on my Goodreads account to track books that have caught my eye. By page 6, I’d given up. I’d already added enough books to my thinking-about-it-list to keep me going for a couple of years. And that doesn’t include my tumbling physical TBR pile in my dining room, or the list of series I need to get the sequels for. *LE SIGH*.
For some reason, I was hit with a wave of anxiety over the sheer number of books that are published every year, a large amount of which I really want to read! Book Blogging and reading are definitely two of my favourite things, but apparently they aren’t always good for my health. On a positive note, this has made me more determined than ever to DNF books I’m not enjoying. Literally…
Do you ever get over whelmed by the number of books you own/want to read/are being published every year? Am I alone with my anxiety?!