Working on: Chapter Five of UAS
Listening to: Liona Boyd
Reading: 74 Seaside Avenue
I have a problem with my tbr. The problem is I have all my books written down and as I read one I check it off and log it on eharlequin for their book challenge. There are a lot of checkmarks but a lot of NOT checked titles. This bothers me.
The linear part of me wants me to go back to the beginning of the list and read the missed titles in sequence so that I can work my way through and not have any gaps.
The achiever part of me wants to read whichever books are quickest, so that I can cross MORE titles off my list faster.
And the small, teensy part of me that just wants to get lost in a story that turns my crank says, "Oh hell, just pick what looks good at the moment."
The problem for my linear side is that several of the books on the first page that are unread are very large books. We're talking The Writer's Journey by Vogler (I must be the only writer on the planet who hasn't read it yet), Wives and Daughters by Gaskell (I think it's over 1000 pages) and Suite Francaise. Also in that company are about 4 more single title length books. The 12 books left on that page could fill up most of my year, and that doesn't include the 6 books I have coming to judge for the RITAs or the lovely category romances that I could read in a fraction of the time.
The problem for the achiever is that while the number of books read will be greater if I tackle the category books first, I have still had some of those other titles on the list for a long time and that bugs me.
So which part of my brain do I listen to?
Snow has started here and I am not looking forward to having to go out this afternoon even briefly. There's no weight in the back end of my truck, and I have concerns about getting up the hill.
Now back to chapter five. I am averaging between 1800 and 2000 words a day which is dead on schedule, thank goodness. I should hit the halfway mark by the end of this week. :-)