There comes a moment in every book blogger’s life where they turn around, look at all the review copies they haven’t got around to reading yet, and wonder what the hell were they thinking. Here are the 5 stages of dealing with your ever-increasing TBR pile.
Stage 1: Denial
This is where you go numb. You’d like to simply forget all the books you need to read and review soon. You go about your day, in denial about your huge unread ARCs list. This is your coping mechanism, because you’d rather pretend that your huge TBR, much like your resolve, doesn’t exist.
Stage 2: Anger
You come out of denial and are angry instead. Angry at yourself for accepting every review request that comes your way. Angry at NetGalley for having so many great books to request. Angry at publishers and authors for putting out so many brilliant books each year.
Stage 3: Bargaining
A lot of praying goes into this stage. You make mental promises to “never go on requesting sprees on NetGalley or Edelweiss ever again if you received more time to finish these books”. HA. Like you’ll follow that. Submit to your overlords, peasant.
Stage 4: Depression
This is the stage most bloggers you see are in. You’re in grief because you cannot resist buying more books and accepting all those review requests. You’ll be more prone to randomly crying about your TBR pile in this stage. Don’t do that, Carol. No one wants to hear your whining.
Stage 5: Acceptance
You come to accept the fact that this is your reality now. You have zero self-control and your TBR pile will only ever be increasing. That slouch? It’s the metaphorical weight of all your unread books on your shoulders.
Now go request more books on NetGalley, loser. This is your life now.