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Subject: OT but what to do?
Date Posted: 1/31/2008 11:21 AM ET
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This is out of topic but since I mostly read romance and lurke in here I thought I'd just post in here. Okay so I've been just ordering books and not reading them... When I get to a point when I want to read something I'll go browsing through all the books and just get overwhelmed, I guess, by everything. I'm just like, "Hm..., what should I read. This, or that, or that or this..." Then I just don't end up reading anything... Do any of you get like that?

Date Posted: 1/31/2008 11:24 AM ET
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I do sometimes Darlene.  LOL  I've even been known to ask my husband to "pick one" for me and I read that one.  I think you can certainly get into a rut and read too much and you get burned out.  I try to switch genre's so that doesn't happen.  So yesterday I read a historical and today I may read a contemporary etc etc.

Sherri

Date Posted: 1/31/2008 12:13 PM ET
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Yes.  I got myself into trouble by getting too many WL books.  I felt pressured to read them before they weren't WL anymore.  Then I just couldn't pick one. So I just decided-if they go off WL oh well-I'll trade them in a box or someone will order it from my shelf eventually.  Sometimes I go a few days w/o reading much because nothing grabs my interest.  Then usually a movie or something will put me in the mood for a certain type of book and I go shopping in my book case.  Sometimes I take a break from romance and read a mystery or something.

I have a cross country move coming up this summer. When the book buying first got out of control I was stressing myself out thinking I needed to read them all before we moved. But now I'm like, I'll read what I can and just box the rest up. I might have to disguise them from the hubby.  But I'll manage. I'll mark the box cookware or toys or something and he won't go near it with a 10ft pole.

Date Posted: 1/31/2008 12:17 PM ET
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I do what Sherri does and mix my genres up. Historical, comtemporary, suspense, then a cozy mystery. Not always in that order. Then I have my 'fix-it' books...I re-read them when I get into a bad rut... they're my comfort zone and I know what to expect from them, so when I read them, I feel much better and am ready to tackle just about anything:)

Date Posted: 1/31/2008 12:18 PM ET
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Oh yeah, I know this feeling well.   I sometimes think if I could get my orders and outside PBS purchases in sync, so that I always had just one book lined up to read when I finished one, I'd be in perfect shape.  Good, bad, or indifferent, that's the selection I'd be stuck with.   Right now, I'm like a kid in a candy store, and I've somehow developed the backassward notion that the solution is to get more candy.  I think I need an intervention.

Date Posted: 1/31/2008 2:04 PM ET
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"Right now, I'm like a kid in a candy store, and I've somehow developed the backassward notion that the solution is to get more candy.  I think I need an intervention."

I've been wondering the same thing. My aunt actually has a serious psychological hoarding problem and I'm afraid I may be getting the same way in regards romance books.  I've set some limits for myself - will only pick up specific kinds of categories at the library sale, for example, instead of everything just because it's there.

When I feel overwhelmed by choice, sometimes the best solution is just to pick a favorite from my keeper shelf. It 's a guarenteed good read  and it reminds me that I'm not ruled by the TBR mountain - I control it, it doesn't control me.

Date Posted: 1/31/2008 3:18 PM ET
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You realize we sound like we're at an AA meeting?  Somebody should call Dr. Phil. 

Date Posted: 1/31/2008 4:14 PM ET
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Kim wrote:

You realize we sound like we're at an AA meeting?  Somebody should call Dr. Phil.

LOL - you are so right!   "Hi, my name is Sherri and I'm addicted to Highlanders, cowboys and rough and ready SEALS."

Sherri

Date Posted: 1/31/2008 4:53 PM ET
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I get like that. Sometimes I can't make up my mind because none of the books on hand are what I'm in the mood for right then. What I'll often do in those situations is either go back and reread an old favorite, or maybe try some short stories, or even non-fiction.

Maybe you could just grab a couple of titles at random, read the first chapter, and see if you get hooked into the story?

Date Posted: 1/31/2008 5:29 PM ET
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yeppers..and I also get so many taht when I DO manage to decide on one I can't find it anywhere(like 'crazy love' that's still in hiding!) I'm up to visit my parents today and leave sunday and I have 3 bags of books...just in case one doesnt' appeal!

I tend to mix them up a bit..I almost always read contemporary and like humorous but will switch to a mystery cozy, thenmaybe some blaze titles or those shorter types or a harelquin Next title then go to the racy stuff or erotica .

I have a shelf though of favorites and if I just can't decide I'll often pull one of those off the shelf and start reading through it!