The Joys of the TBR
Welcome guest blogger Wendy Crutcher. The fiction buyer for a large southern California library system, Wendy has been blogging for the past six years at The Misadventures of Super Librarian .
In one guise or another, I’ve been floating around the online romance community for roughly ten years. I’ve seen the rise of online review sites, message boards, listservs, blogging, MySpace, Facebook and Twitter. I’ve seen sub genres declared dead, then miraculously reborn. However, one thing has always remained constant…..
My insane To Be Read mountain range.
It ceased being a mere pile years ago.
It all started innocently enough with some of the listservs I was on. I discovered I liked historical western romances, and boom! I suddenly had readers from all over the world giving me suggestions on what authors I should try. Then I discovered the wonderful world of category romance and boom! I had suggestions for what lines and authors I should try. I’d always loved mysteries, discovered that I also liked romantic suspense and boom! Another host of authors to consider.
Soon the suggestions were coming not only from my listservs, but also review sites and blogs as well.
Is it any wonder that my TBR can currently be seen from space?
Readers ask me all the time if the sheer volume of my TBR ever becomes a crushing weight on my psyche. Sure it does. I wonder if and when I’ll ever have the time to read all those yummy, wonderful books. But you know what? As much as the anxiety sometimes gets to me, when you get right down to it? My TBR is all about possibilities.
Every book holds the key to the universe. What type of story will it be? Will it be the next keeper? Will I discover a new favorite author and find myself going on a massive glom? Or, perish the thought, will I discover I don’t care for the author’s voice or a plot theme that doesn’t work for me?
My TBR is like my own undiscovered country. A lost city waiting for an explorer to discover it’s buried treasures, hidden depths, and the dangers that may be lurking within. So yes, while having a TBR that currently equals the gross national product of most third world countries is a bit daunting, it’s also a bit exhilarating. New characters to discover, empathize and fall in love with. New worlds to explore, journeys and adventures to be had. I could succumb to TBR Anxiety, and heaven knows it would be easy for me. However, I think instead I’ll sit back, ponder the possibilities, and dig through the mountain range to uncover my next great read.