Biting off more than you can chew Or how NOT to get into reading 11 books in a month

So last month, nearly all of the groups I’m in on Goodreads decided to read the books I’ve wanted to read for a long time. I was faced with a dilemma – should I try to put myself through hell to read and discuss all of them while doing my regular job, having a boyfriend to spend time with, building a blog and already being in the process of reading 4 other books, or should I just be a normal person about it?

There’s really only one answer to that though.

Read ALL the books!

So there I was, facing my decision to read 6 books starting RIGHT NOW. Let’s ignore the fact that I was already reading 4 others. All in all, 6 books doesn’t sound half as bad. But things escalated quite quickly and 6 turned into 7 and into 8 when some of the groups decided to read “reader nominations” or “retro picks”… Which then turned into 9 and 10 after someone went “Since many of our readers started reading a new release, why not make it an extra discussion?”, and frankly, I don’t even know now how the 11th came by.

Either way, this was what I was stuck with:


It’s not that I can’t read 11 books a month. Last year I read like 101, so, sure I can! But not this month perhaps… It’s my first month as a freelancer, so lots of meetings, lots of tasks, hell, I’m even teaching a class for the first time in my life.

Anyhow, like it or not, I was going to have to try. And so, I found out that I’ve got three types of books on my list here:

  1. Books of greatness that can be equatable with cake  because of how awesome they are;
  2. Books that are a chore just as much as your washing up could be;
  3. Books that I can’t even get to because stacks of other books are obscuring them.

The first batch holds The long way to a small angry planet, Death’s end and Blind assassin. The second batch proudly embraces Blindness. The third batch has a glorious selection of Good omens, Roses and rot, Frankenstein, Fahrenheit 451 and Middlemarch. Seriously, I told you there were 11, but I can just recall 9. Need I tell you which batch the other 2 go in? 

Aside from that, I was also supposed to take part in discussion. So you probably know how that one went.

So, next time this happens to me, what am I going to do?

I’m going to try and ram my head into the wall again. Just cause I’m that kind of person.


I’m Evelina and I try to blog about books that matter, with a bit of fun there too! Disability and equality will be topics you see a lot, but there’s also a lot of scifi, fantasy and… GIFs. I’m also the proud founder of #ARCsAnonymous.

13 thoughts on “Biting off more than you can chew Or how NOT to get into reading 11 books in a month

  1. I know the feeling! I started reading a book in Russian (which I don’t know well yet) plus I’m halfway through a Hesse book, plus I finally got my copy of Jonathan Strange in the mail, and… you know. Then work picked up hugely… only so many hours in the day. Luckily I have no timeframe or discussions, so… I let everything slide except for Jonathan Strange. No regrets.

    1. Yeaaaah, I know how that goes.
      How is Jonathan Strange going? I’ve been trying to read that book so hard for well over a year now. It just bores me to death every time 🙁 I’m past the point where he resurrected the girl and got into the government, and still I’m bored as hell. It’s kind of sad because everyone keeps saying it’s a brilliant book and I was expecting it to be so cool, plus it’s so BIG AND NICE. And I can’t get into it at all 🙁

  2. Eeep, the struggle of overcommitting when it comes to books IS REAL. Although I think I’ve ended up overcommitting for 4? Or maybe 5? And that was hard enough! I’ve done that for bookstagram challenges…like sure why do 1 when you could try and do FIVE. *cries because self is ridiculous*
    I loooooved Good Omens though! I don’t know if you’ve seen the TV show Supernatural, but it reminded me of that so much and it was glorious.

    1. Oh yeah, I know that Good omens will be great, because seriously – Gaiman AND Pratchett?! But I’m thinking of letting it go this month because I just won’t enjoy it now probably, with my head in so many books already.

      You read so fast though! Strange that you overcommitted to less books than me xD

      Lately reading has been even tougher, cause first month of freelance >.> so busy! Just wanna get back to my Becky Chambers, who meanwhile has released the sequel, and I’m not done with the first one yet!!

      Also. Thank you so much for your comment love! ^_^ PaperFury’s comment on the first real post must mean good luck! 😀

  3. Congrats on your first blog post! I totally feel you for the overcommitment – though for me it’s usually myself who piles on all the books, plus having to deal with school and a job. My main struggle is motivation (and procrastination but I won’t even go there… ) Hope all goes well!

    1. Thanks, Lissa!
      I’m impressed – both school and a job, and reading. I haven’t been doing so good with that, although I guess for me it’s family/boyfriend instead of school 😀
      What’s your job? How much time do you have to set aside from that?
      I’ve faced the problem that now that I’m a book blogger, I have no time to read -.- this is kind of.. a weird problem to have, cause it eliminates the need for the blog itself xD hoping to soon get it all on check.
      I’ve already got the idea for the next blog post, but the thing is – it involves reading a book that I just bought but left in the other house 😀 I really want to post it, got half of it – except for the main point 😀 I HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK YET :DDD ridiculous.

      1. I’ve worked at Donut King for about a year and a half but just got accepted into working at my local bookshop which is beyond exciting! I usually work around 2-3 shifts a week.

        The first half of this year I didn’t read much because I felt guilty, but I’ve been reading a ton lately because (ironically) exams are close and everything’s due so naturally me = denial + supreme procrastination mode.

        Haha that is a problem But it’s not as uncommon as you might think.

        That is quite amusing 😉 Which book is it?

        1. Bookshop! Oh my gosh! Grats!! That’s very exciting 🙂

          Yeah, I know those procrastination feels. Do you know, one time I MADE A KALEIDOSCOPE OUT OF BASICALLY NOTHING because I had to procrastinate for an exam. That’s a pretty nutty case of procrastination, I’d say 😀

          The book is “The Kitchen” by Yoshimoto Banana, one I’ve been trying to get a hold of for a few years now 🙂

          1. Well, you’ll be able to read about it in my blog soon 🙂 it’s quite famous. But I’ve tried not to read in advance what it is about cause that tends to ruin a book sometimes 😀 so I can’t say more right now.

  4. Yes, read. ALWAYS WITH THE READING. Yeah, I’m trying to pace myself with my own reading. It really sucks having so many good books you want to gobble up and then the icky books that remind you of scrubbing. *shudders* *sigh* C’est le vie. Oh, well. But congratulations on your freelance work and all the best to you with that. And, of course, God be with you on reading 11 books at once. Not even I have ever been that crazy/committed, but then again, the most books I’ve ever read in a year was 78. With a record of 101, I think you got this. 😉

    1. Yeah, 11 is a bit, but I’ve managed it in the past. Very barely! And then I was so jaded for a while. But I know given the chance I will always repeat, cause appetites are always bigger than abilities!

      Unfortunately, this year I’ve only read 38 so far, so I’m waaaaaay under my old records -.-

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