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Compulsive nerd confession #13

I never manage to read enough recently published books to feel justified in voting in Best of The Year contests like the GoodReads 2013 awards. Then I go over to look, just in case, and my TBR pile explodes.



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Nov. 11th, 2013 04:26 pm (UTC)
I so hear you. This is e-zack-ily my problem.
Nov. 11th, 2013 04:49 pm (UTC)
I'm torn between feeling guilty that I don't have my act together, awed at everyone else who can keep up with the wealth of books that have come out this year and being pulled inexorably into that Memoirs & Autobiography section... and the Horror section... and the Fantasy section...

Weirdly though, this year the Mysteries & Thrillers left me unimpressed.
Nov. 12th, 2013 01:42 pm (UTC)
I know that guilty-awed feeling only too well. There are more than a few books in the Fantasy and Young Adult Fantasy sections that were already on my TBR list but I just haven't gotten to them yet because they are in a series and I'm still trying to catch up on the first book or two or whatever. I might have to become even more of an introvert. If that's even possible.
Nov. 11th, 2013 09:49 pm (UTC)
This happens to me too- while I don't vote in anything, any Best of 2013 lists end up feeding my TBR list.
Nov. 11th, 2013 10:30 pm (UTC)
THIS. I do way more adding of books for the next year than actual voting. But I mean, the whole voting thing is pretty weird, now that I think about it. Who are these people that have time to read everything that comes out in 2013 to make a selection of "Best of"? I have to believe they're either in the publishing industry or are bloggers getting books for free, which skews the whole concept of best.

Then the people on GR voting in the categories likely haven't read everything in that category; they're likely just voting for what they did read. That doesn't strike me as "best" so much as "read by most # of people".

I don't even know. I feel like I need a whole different category of Best of 2013 awards: only books you read during 2013 may apply, regardless of year. Get a bunch of people from GR together, have one round where it's Yes, Everything You Want In Here, then try to narrow it down to like, 20. Then have them fight to the death. :D
Nov. 12th, 2013 03:24 am (UTC)
I think I'm going to join GR now. To keep track of books read, at least.

For several years now, I've just read through the year-end "Best Books" lists and looked up interesting titles I've seen for finding/putting on hold at the library.
Nov. 11th, 2013 10:50 pm (UTC)
My TBR pile just got a lot of books added to it...so many good books....
Nov. 11th, 2013 11:55 pm (UTC)
I also use the list to add to the TBR piles. I do read some current fiction but as you, not enough to know or vote on the lists. I also wonder how has the time and money to read all the new releases, and I say this as someone who reads a lot. Our library was woefully behind on new releases this past year.

There's been a big bookcase in the garage since spring bc books have taken over the house. I'm still sorting and arranging and and and... The bookcase was to be refinished and moved inside, still does not hold all the books so there are a couple of boxes there too. If I could, I'd put bookshelves on most of the walls of the house.

Nov. 13th, 2013 09:25 am (UTC)
So the exact reason I have not yet joined Good Reads (but probably will at some point) is that I already find to many books on my own to read...
Nov. 13th, 2013 04:01 pm (UTC)
It's absolutely a danger. How is my TBR on GR alone nearly 700 books? That is crazymaking.

At the same time, seeing the micro-updates from friends as they read -- either tiny thoughts after they finish a book, or some folks jot down thoughts as they read, or even just seeing the ratings folks give books -- has been totally worth it.
Nov. 13th, 2013 09:14 pm (UTC)
That's true... maybe once NaNo is over I will give it a try :)
Nov. 19th, 2013 01:52 pm (UTC)
I'm totally one of those people. I voted for books that I read in each category, even when I'd only read one. And if I hadn't read any of them, I picked one so there'd be a vote against a totally hateable competitor. So it's totally skewed and will end up being "most read" or "most recognizable" or whatever.

Because who the hell can say what the *best* book is, anyway? I maintain there is no such thing.

But GoodReads (and I'm looking at you, akikotree) is fun. First most fun thing is keeping track of what I've read and where it came from, and second most fun thing is the daily email with my friends' activities. Odd reviews are the highlight of the mornings, but just a list of what's being read and how many stars last weeks books got is pretty awesome. :D
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