Then you know how I am feeling right now.
I am overwhelmed.
Not in a bad way. Just in a “I WANT TO READ THEM ALL BUT NO TIME!” way.
And I am feeling the pressure to read them quickly, and read them NOW because they are due in two days (or it was due last week) and I haven’t even opened it yet…
This is what I do to myself. I eagerly await the next (or final) book in a series, and when I see the record added to my library system I pounce on it and add my name to the top of the list! And then I check out ALL the books in the series, because I am one that has to re-read them all again before I can read the latest book. And I am REALLY EXCITED to read all these books.
But the pile is too high. And I just don’t have enough time.
I am feeling the pressure. And it is pressure that I put on myself. And pressure to read these books the instant they come out. And pressure for these books to live up to certain expectations. And pressure to read the 45 books I have to read for SCHOOL this semester.
I want to read Cress. I want to read Into the Still Blue. I want to read The Worlds We Make. I want to read I want to read Champion, and Three, and Timestorm. But I just don’t have the time or the energy to devote the time I WANT to devote to those series right now. I love to reread series to see how the story progresses from beginning to end. I love doing that. It’s part of the joy of reading a series for me. But I just can’t do it right now.
So, Cress and Into the Still Blue and The Worlds We Make (along with the accompanying books in the series) will go back to the library, unread.
And once I made that decision, once I moved those books from my literal “Library To Read” pile to my “Library To Return” pile, I feel much better.
I put pressure on myself to read these books, and read them now, right after they come out (because I am not big enough to get ARCs of them beforehand). But what I have realized today is this: I don’t have to. I can read them in a couple of months.
Right now, I am going to read my children’s and juvenile books. And the occasional YA standalone. Because I can handle one book at a time. Just not 3.
And that’s okay.
Has anyone else felt like this recently? What did you do to cope?
Love and Silly String,