In the reading community there is a constant influx of information. The use of social media to link readers to one another and create a virtual book club of sorts has changed the way we consume books.
In the past we heard about amazing books from friends, family members, book sellers, librarians, and the news. It was a word of mouth game that was not very fast paced. A book took notice in the traditional media and became the fad of that age. That is no longer the case. With the development of social media platforms such as Goodreads, Instagram, Twitter, and WordPress the way we consume information has changed.
Now there is a constant stream of recommendations. There are 3 or 4 new releases that garner the attention of the reader community at any given time. The ebb and flow that was a natural part of book recommendations in the past has been lost. There is always a new book that is highly acclaimed by the community. There is always a new book that sounds amazing and I’m dying to read. There’s always something else to add to my list. It feels like an endless quest to “read them all,” a true Pokemon style affair. I want to read all of the new books and see what all of the fuss is about.
Because of the constant stream of book recommendations some of my reading habits have been forced to change. In the past I would find a book or series that I loved and I’d latch onto it. I would reread it over and over until I got my fill. That is no longer the case. With each new release my TBR continues to grow. I am inundated with books that I have heard amazing things about and I believe I’m going to love. That’s not to say I’m unhappy about this. It’s really a great problem to have.
However, now when I want to revisit a book or series I have a feeling of guilt wash over me. It seems as though my TBR shelves are glaring at me. If I reread a book that means I’m neglecting the ever-growing pile of unread books on my shelves. Because, of this intrinsic guilt I have refrained from rereading books that I love. I have continued to have an urge to read these amazing books that I love, yet I have not allowed myself to indulge that urge.
Well, now that is going to change. I’m not going to put pressure on my reading. I’m going to read what I want when I want to. That’s right I’m taking back control of my reading life and I could not be happier.