You're The Voice: Susan on the never-ending to-read pile
I have so many books on my to-read pile that it’s toppling over. Personally, I am a very lazy reader and procrastinate heaps on reading. I see a book, or hear about one and I’m like, “Yep that sounds wicked. I’ll read that tonight/next week/next month/in a year/whenever I’m free/okay never ending up reading it.” If I’m assigned to read for school, I’ll do it. But I generally suck at reading for leisure, since I have some kind of logic that’s telling me that there is time, you don’t have to read it now and that I have other things to do. At the same time, I do want to read it; I just seriously have no motivation. So here are some thoughts on why I am so lazy; my motivation; and less than 0.01% of books that are on my to-read pile.
Books that are on my to-read pile are new YA releases (most are paranormal; yes I am still in this phase :) ), upcoming book to movie adaptations, books I’ve heard about excessively, series with good reviews and any other books that have been buzzing around the atmosphere.
I have yet to read upcoming book to movie adaptations like The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare (ugh I know, I am ashamed; it's in my to-read pile… ahem), Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr and The Host by Stephanie Meyer. I really need to get to them before the films are released; I hate watching the movie without reading it first!
I confess, I actually haven’t read the last books in Twilight and The Hunger Games and most of the Harry Potter series yet... *hides face in shame* I honestly do not know why- I just don’t seem to have time (my excuse for everything).
Series I have been meaning to read include Shiver,Hush Hush, Delirium, Divergent, Matched… The list goes on forever.
I’ll have to admit, they’re mainly popular, well known series and books that I feel the need to read in order to stay in whatever ‘loop’ readers have. There is always a voice in the back of my head nagging me just to read them then, and I basically see my bookshelf crying tears of isolation and desperation. Stressful, really.
What motivates me to read, however, is if the book grabs me from the first few pages. I cannot get through a book if it has a slow introduction or plot development. I’ll also read if I’ve been recommended a book or it has fantastic reviews.That is an important factor for me, good reviews; reading books with poor reviews is just time consuming, given my endless list!
I guess I am lazy because I know that I don’t have to read it just yet, so I put it off until forever. Social networking and ever-advancing technology also play a part in my procrastination…
I think I should just stop feeling the need to read books in order to stay up to date and because everyone else is, but rather read because I want to and I enjoy it. Yep I think that would take the stress off a bit.