Although I’m not a huge fan of making New Year’s resolutions, I invariably make them. AND, like a lot of other people, I sometimes don’t keep them. This year I decided to make ‘reading resolutions’, which I hope will be easier for me to complete.
#1 Like many NetGalley members, I got a little crazy when I first joined. There are just SO MANY wonderful titles available that I was like a kid in a candy store. I requested more than I could keep up with. For over a year I have been trying to once again reach the coveted 80% feedback ratio that NetGalley recommends. I’ve been hovering around 70% for many months. It seems as soon as I make headway, a publisher will invite me to read a novel and provide a NetGalley widget, or, one of my favorite authors has written a new novel – I just can’t help myself. It is a sickness. At present my ratio looks like this:
#2 What with blog tours, impending publication dates, and individual publisher requests, I often have to shuffle my reading queue to accommodate them. This results in some titles lingering on my NetGalley and Edelweiss lists for far too long. I’ve decided to ensure that in 2017 I would read the ten titles that have been waiting longest – come Hell or high water. These titles are:
- “The alphabet house” by Jussi-Adler Olsen
- “The truth according to us” by Annie Barrows
- “Somebody I used to know” by David Bell
- “Brush back” by Sara Paretsky
- “The little Paris bookshop” by Nina George
- “Everything she forgot” by Lisa Ballantyne
- “Deadly memories” by S.D. O’Donnell
- “What she knew” by Gilly Macmillan
- “The collector” by Anne-Laure Thiéblemont
- “The guise of another” by Allen Eskens
#3 Every reviewer will tell you that it is difficult to balance a personal ‘want to read‘ list with review commitments. For some time now I’ve neglected my own personal TBR in favor of honoring my commitments to review. So… I’ve decided that 2017 is going to be the year to be selfish. I vow to read the following five titles for my own selfish pleasure. (I will also review them of course. LOL)
- “Coffin road” by Peter May
- “Call of the undertow” by Linda Cracknell
- “Her” by Harriet Lane
- “The yellow house” by Patricia Falvey
- “Whisky from small glasses” by Denzil Meyrick
My review commitments number 132 as of today, so inserting these 5 titles will be a challenge.
How do you manage your TBR? Have you made any reading resolutions for 2017? I’d love to hear from you. Happy New Year!