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.


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James Watt
James Watt
4 years ago

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.

Cait @ Paper Fury
Cait @ Paper Fury
4 years ago

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.

4 years ago

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!

4 years ago

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?

4 years ago

Thanks! It is 😉

Yep, it’s the worse. Haha that is amusing

I can’t say I’ve heard of it, but I wish you luck 😉

4 years ago

Interesting. I look forward to reading about it 😉

4 years ago

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,… Read more »