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WARNING: Some bad words might be used in the following post. Don't say I didn't warn you!
I've previously talked about this, but I am a mood reader. My TBR shelf has had time to grow since 2010 and that's not counting my old favorite bookish website, Shelfari, which I discovered back in 2006 or 2007. The TBR on there was insanely huge. Looking at my current TBR and sorting through every book, I can tell what mood I was in at the time I added certain books there. I didn't actively start using Goodreads until about mid-2011, so I had to use the import feature to get my books from Shelfari to GR, which caused a lot of the books to get mixed up in order and that makes it less visible, even in my Down The TBR Hole weekly posts. That being said, it's hard not to notice that sometimes the books I'm sorting through in one post are mostly adult romance.
That isn't such a bad thing though, because it actually saves me time and energy when I get in one of my reading moods again. Which actually brings me to my next point.
I'm going to be honest, I'm horrible at sorting books on my GR profile. If my physical book shelves are pretty well organized, by genre, author, series, the same cannot be said for my GR shelves. If you look at my profile though, you can probably tell that over the years I've tried to make some sort of sorting system to keep everything organized, but a lot of the times I'm hit with that monstrous thing called laziness and I tell myself "I'll make time next time I use GR to add a book". So I believe I need to take a full day of doing only that: organizing each and every book in shelves that allow me and everyone else visiting my profile to look through the books I'm adding and reading and reviewing more easily.
Another thing that goes against me is that I tend to add entire series to my TBR, sometimes even before I've read the first book. This usually happens with series from authors I know (like with Lexi Blake's Thieves series) or series that I've just started but I know I want to keep on reading (like with Laurell K. Hamilton's Anita Blake series - yeah, I had all 26 puppies on my TBR). This week I decided to take a few of them off my TBR shelf temporarily, because I'm afraid that the shelf is only going to become a random collection of books with no real purpose for being there other than a way for me to keep track of series. Which really isn't the point of that shelf.
I have yet to figure out a proper system to really do keep track of the series I want to read and the ones I've read, but I know this ties into the previous point. If you have any suggestions, please do share them :D
From classics everyone loved to the newest fiction everyone is going ga-ga over, at some point they were on my TBR. It's not necessarily a bad thing, because I have read a few overhyped books that I ended up liking. A lot of the times though, I kinda didn't.
I remember when Twilight was EVERYWHERE, and I do mean everywhere. The movies where starting to get out, the books were published in Romania faster than I thought possible, there were posters outside bookshops announcing the newest book in the series being released. So yes, I had it on my TBR at one point. But I do know that it's not for me. I watched the movies and while I know that's not the same thing, I don't think I can see myself reading the original story. The same thing happened with other books, like Little Women or Hunger Games. And while I may be surprised and end up enjoying Little Women, I fear I may have a different experience reading it that the one I should have had I read it when I was growing up, so I took them off my shelf.
This last point is really important. I started out as a strictly erotic romance reader, went on to read paranormal and urban fantasy and then discovered YA. Although I like to imagine that at some point I would have read those books on my own, I know myself well enough to know that that is not the case. Being a part of the book community in the way that I am, following other book bloggers with both similar and different tastes as me, guarantees me that I get to find out about new books that I eventually want to try out. And by new books I don't mean new releases, I mean books that are completely new to me that I wouldn't have learned about in any other way. And I love that, because a lot of the books I've discovered because of this hobby of mine are really amazing and I get sad thinking about a universe in which I missed out on those adventures.
So there you have it people. These are just a few of the things that I've learned and that I'm still learning during my massive TBR clean-up process.