Like many readers, I keep lists of all the books I want to read. I started making these lists in a purposely purchased book journal from Paperchase around a decade ago, and now have five rather chunky notebooks filled with fiction and non-fiction galore. I have been rather bad at using them to choose books which I want to read, borrow, or buy, however, preferring to just browse, or using Goodreads to see what other friends with similar reading tastes have loved recently, and seeking those out instead.
I really need to tackle my TBR lists, but the project seems almost unmanageable as it stands. I know that I have written down thousands of books over the years, as I have come across them on library catalogues, blogs, or Goodreads, or when they have been recommended by friends. I probably have enough titles written down to last a lifetime, and then some.
I am therefore seeking your advice, fellow readers. How would you go about such a project? Would you choose one notebook at a time, and start buying and borrowing books from the first page onwards, working methodically, or would you be more inclined to choose at random from all five notebooks? I am leaning toward the first option, thinking that I will research each book a little before I decide whether it still appeals or not, and going from there. I am a little worried that this will make me lose focus a little, but really want to see that I’m finally making a dent in those lists which I created so long ago. Any advice will be incredibly welcome; I really need to get my act together on this!