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TSS: TBR Indecision

tssbadge1Even though I have dozens of books I’d love to read right now, somehow I still have issues when staring at the many books I have to read.  I just can’t decide which to choose and nothing is calling to me particularly strongly.  I solved this issue in part when I found the sixth Sookie Stackhouse book in the library yesterday, but very shortly I’m going to be confronted by my indecision again.  I reinstated my policy of rotating my oldest TBR books, review books, and then library books, just making a pile now, but it’s too dark for a picture.  I’ll try to compare next week and see how far I get.  My next book is The Foundling by Georgette Heyer, though, and I’m looking forward to it very much.  Do you ever suffer from TBR indecision?

My Nanowrimo novel is still going very well.  At last count I had around 31,000 words.  I haven’t been working on it today, but this is only my second day off all month.  At this rate, I will be nearly finished by next Sunday, especially because I made an essential discovery this week.  The way I now write is vastly different from the way I used to write.  I was a seat-of-the-pants writer, letting the story unfold as it would and as I went along.  I can’t do this any more.  I found it hard to just write without knowing where I was going and I found it stressful to try and put my characters into situations that would allow them to interact the way they wanted.  So I sat down for a few minutes and plotted out the second half of my story.  Suddenly the joy is back and it’s just as fun as it was in the beginning, when I did have a plan for how it was going to start.  I’m not sure why this change has happened, but I do know I’m going to plot out all my writing from now on.  I’m not sure if academics caused this or if I just like to have a plan these days, but I have a lot more confidence in finishing this thing now.

That’s about all that’s new from me this week; not much is going on in my life so nothing more interesting to report!  I do hope everyone has a great week, though, with a wonderful book or two to read.


16 comments to TSS: TBR Indecision

  • My problem with picking the next book to read is too many are calling my name.

    So glad to hear NaNoWriMo is going so well for you!
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Review: A Christmas Ride =-.

  • I’m with Kathy – too many books that all sound good at the same time often leads me to have a hard time picking any of them. If only I could find a way to read them all at once!
    .-= Fyrefly´s last blog ..Sunday Salon: Purging! (But No Bingeing) =-.

  • I am often in the same boat, Meghan. Having so many choices is great on the one hand, but on the other it makes deciding what to read next much more difficult, especially when there are several that sound especially appealing.

    You are making great progress with NaNoWriMo! My husband says he’ll be happy just to get 10,000 in this month. He’s having a hard time finding the motivation to write. Unfortunately for me, he’s let me peek at what he’s done so far and I liked it so much that now I’m impatient for him to write more. LOL Even that encouragement hasn’t helped him either though. He just has to go at his own pace. I’m just glad he’s writing again.

    Have a great week, Meghan!

  • Yes, plenty of times. I usually resolve my TBR indecision by just selecting one (no reading the back again or comparing covers) and being decisive about it. This system works to an extent but if I select a book and look at the cover and it’s a cover that has been in my pile for a while I will probably put it back and try to remember where I stashed the newer books. lol

  • I LOVE The Foundling! One of my favorite Heyers. I plan to re-read it next year. hope you enjoy it :-)
    .-= Aarti´s last blog ..Review: The Kingmaking =-.

  • I’m so glad to hear the joy and fun are back! That will make such a difference for you!
    .-= rhapsodyinbooks´s last blog ..Sunday Salon – Review of “The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest” by Stieg Larsson =-.

  • I go through the same thing if my TBR pile is too big (which it is now). There are just too many choices, so I can’t decide….

    It sounds like the novel is going really well. Good luck for the second half of the month!
    .-= heidenkind´s last blog ..The Divine Jane =-.

  • I have issues deciding what to read when I have too much, too…
    .-= Kailana´s last blog ..Week in Review and Sunday Book Coveting =-.

  • OOH I am looking forward to your Heyer review!!! I always fly by the seat of my pants as far as my review deadlines go, so that’s how I have to prioritize my reads. The later publication date gets pushed ahead even if I would prefer to read it now. I have somehow started to accumulate review books again even after I thought I put a ban on it.. when did that happen!!
    .-= Marie Burton´s last blog ..The Sunday Salon~ Books and Gifting =-.

  • I’ll sometimes have trouble deciding what I’m in the mood to read, staring at a shelf full of perfectly good books!

    I’m impressed at your writing progress, both at the quantity so far and that you’ve had the insight into what approach works well for you. Good luck on the rest of it!
    .-= Laura/BookingIt´s last blog ..Imaginary Friends =-.

  • I have done this so many times. I pick a book from my TBR shelf and drop it somewhere 20 pages from the start and read something else. This is the reason my TBR keeps turning into a mountain:)
    .-= Shona´s last blog ..Guest Post by Michelle Moran plus a Giveaway =-.

  • Sometimes I am indecisive about what to read next as well. Rotating seems to work well for me though and there are so many books I have received recently that I really want to read that it hasn’t been a problem for me for the past month or two at least.
    .-= Stephanie´s last blog ..Mailbox Monday =-.

  • Perhaps someday I will do—what is it called?—NaMo-whatever. I’ve signed up for it twice but my muses had apparently already found another writer to inspire and I was left to my own devises, however meager.
    .-= debnance´s last blog ..TSS: Could I Read 300 Books This Year? =-.

  • Kay

    I hate when that happens to me too! Book indecision is one of the most annoying thing. I had the same thing this weekend after reading “Wintergirls”. I read the first few pages of so many book and I’m still not sure which one I’m reading!
    Hopefully you’ll feel more decisive once you finish that 6th Sookie. Or maybe you can read the 7th?
    .-= Kay´s last blog ..Review : Too Good to be True =-.

  • I am just getting my joy back. I am having fun picking through the books I have in the TBR pile. It has been a journey.

    I am reading a light read for Sourcebooks,
    Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy The Last Man in the World.
    I don’t read more than one book anymore.
    .-= Wisteria Leigh´s last blog ..Review–Once a Witch, by Carolyn MacCullough =-.

  • Good going with your novel, it’s important to have the joy I think. TBR indecision seems to dominate my reading at the mo and I’m sure some people would point to this as an example of us having too many choices, but they are the kind of people who pick plain chocolate icecream when there are 100 flavours on offer – we don’t need to listen to them.