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Subject: Wishlist books - a question
Date Posted: 2/3/2010 7:47 PM ET
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Do you find yourself trying to read your wishlist books first, before you read others in your TBR pile?    I'm just curious.  I have a ton of non-wishlisted books I'd like to read but I sometimes feel if I don't get these WL books read, I'll miss out on a credit.

Date Posted: 2/3/2010 8:00 PM ET
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I have more of a sense of urgency with my WL books, but I think it's because I had to wait for them.  I don't always read them right away though.  There are quite a few that I had put away for a long time before I read them.  I don't currently have any waiting to be read, but I don't order much to speak of aside from WL books now either.

Date Posted: 2/3/2010 8:01 PM ET
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If I have a WL book that I'm pretty sure I'll repost, then I definitely move that up to the top of my TBR pile.  I have a bunch of WL books to read - Lara Adrian, Gena Showalter, Kresley Cole, Lora Leigh, etc.  But I know I'll probably keep them, so I'm not in a hurry to read them.  lol

Date Posted: 2/3/2010 9:27 PM ET
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i read according to my mood. i have w/l books in tbr from months ago.

Date Posted: 2/3/2010 10:15 PM ET
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I used to.  Now I don't bother.  Unless I'm deciding between two books, then I'll go with the WL book first.  Otherwise it's now based on mood.  Was feeling pressure to read faster.  Silly.

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 1:51 AM ET
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Do you find yourself trying to read your wishlist books first, before you read others in your TBR pile?

not on purpose.  i just tend to want to read the newest books first, and those are usually WL.

but i'm going to try to read at least one of the oldest books on my TBR every month this year.  like say the oldest 25-30 on my TBR list here (or earlier books from those series which i might not have actually added to my list until later), or the few that are from before i started putting date stickers in the books.  most of those aren't WL though a few are.

though my total coincidence, the last four (or so) non-WL books that i read and posted turned out to have very few copies in the system and were requested fairly quickly.  the most recently posted book still on my bookshelf was posted in October.

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 10:02 AM ET
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I feel exactly as Sherri described.  I read WL'ed books first in an attempt to re-post them to get the credit.  But then I'm relatively new to PBS-in the fall-so maybe by that mind-set will change as my membership lengthens....

However, that's only true if it's a stand-alone or a first in series.  I have a really hard time reading a series out of order.  Or if it's an author that I know at the start that I'll keep-then it goes to the TBR pile.  And I always try to have one from my TBR pile going at the same time.  There's the bathtub book, the book in my lunch bag at work, etc....

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 12:42 PM ET
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I use to be a slave to the WL.  But not anymore. I tend to be a slave to the games though in that I join too many and then always seem to have a game book to read-which is usually WL.  I also post some heavily posted books before I've read them and if one gets ordered it prompts me to read it. 

Aside from game books I read mainly what I feel like reading. If I just can't decide what to read-then I'll use my WL to decide.  I'll see if there's anything that only has a couple of wishers and get that read and posted before there's no WL.  Or if I have a book that I know is going to go from WL to heavily posted pretty quickly-then I'll be more anxious to read it quicker. 

I guess I've been pretty lucky in that I've always had an active shelf.  Even my heavily posted books get requested on a regular basis.  So I'm never low on credits and feel the need to read and post the WL books in a hurry. I had 5 orders from shelf just this week alone.  None of them are books that are in really low quantitieson PBS.  I was kind of surprised to see the orders come in like that.  2 had been on my shelf for a few months. 

Sometimes I miss my pre-PBS days when I just picked up a book and read it with no concern of mail by dates and whether it was WL or not.

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 4:35 PM ET
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Mary, your last sentence is so true!

I guess I'm just feeling the pressure because I've had so many WL books come available to me lately and I get panicky that I'll run out of credits. LOL   Luckily my shelf has never really been stagnant so I usually have a surplus.

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 4:43 PM ET
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I used to, but not anymore.  I have so little time to read, I want to spend it reading something that I feel like reading, not something that I have an artificial feeling of obligation to read.  I already have that sometimes with books I'm using for games, if they are ones I have not yet read.  But back when I was a relatively new member, I did try to read and repost the WL books quickly, probably because I needed the credit back to order something else.  These days, I have a TBR that I can barely keep up with, a glut of credits, and a pretty slow-moving WL, so I'm not so desperate to turn around those WL books anymore.

Date Posted: 2/4/2010 4:49 PM ET
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I don't rush to read any of my wish listed books unless it's one I've been diing to read.I read which ever book says "Hey!You!Reeeeeead me.Love me."

Date Posted: 2/5/2010 4:21 PM ET
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Non WL books definitely languish on my TBR longer. I have a few books in there that have been on my TBR even prior to PBS!

But the reading challenges have really helped me out to read some of those...just in the past one, I found two series I really enjoyed and the books were on my TBR probably for a year or more.

Date Posted: 2/5/2010 11:46 PM ET
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I've found that the number of credits I have influences the choice as well.  I now have a large enough credit cushion, so I can risk the book not turning over fast.  When I get a lower number, I pay more attention to the WL symbol.

Date Posted: 2/6/2010 11:17 AM ET
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I love DG's challenges.   I just did her WL challenge and so read nothing but WL books.  During her upcoming serial challenge I will probably read several heavily posted books. Simply because they're series that I've been in the mood to pick up again but could't use them for any games I was in. 

The games are kind of taking the fun out of reading for me. I love the games but the whole deadline to read thing almost makes me not want to read the book I offered.  I mailed 3 out in Jan that I didn't have time to read.  My library has them so it's no big deal but still-I paid a credit for each of them.  I just mailed another one out yesterday that I didn't read because I ran out of time. Again my library has it but still-paid a credit for it. So now I have 4 to get from the library.

I was thinking of hosting either another heavily posted book swap or another bodice ripper swap. So I have an excuse to read them.  But with the weather so bad this winter, I'm afraid of losing power.

Date Posted: 2/9/2010 2:13 PM ET
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Wow. For the first time in like a year-I am in absolutely no swaps.  I have no books I have to read because of a mail by date.  I went to my TBR and was about to do a search for a WL book that just has 1 or 2 wishers. And then I thought-I have a lot of credits and more coming between orders still in the mail and game books I've mailed.  I am not going to read a WL book.  I don't care if I have one that goes from short WL to 20 copies posted in the next week. I'm going to read what I feel like reading. And I feel like reading something futuristic-like.  I'm going to read The Challenge by Susan Kearney. I have that whole series. I read a contemporary romantic suspense from her a couple of years ago and really liked it and then for some reason never read another book by her. I posted mine already. I was almost disappointed that there's only 26 copies in the system. 

Maybe I can make a true dent in my reduce the TBR project if I can keep myself out of the games for awhile.

Anyway: I am not paying attention to WL and just reading what I want to read for awhile.

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Date Posted: 2/9/2010 2:54 PM ET
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I only join swaps where I can use a book I've already read. Pressure off!

I no longer read WL books first. I read what suits my mood. Trying to read WL books just so I could repost them took some of the fun out of reading them for me.