I did it again. You see, I had finally gotten my TBR piles down to a more reasonable size. My ebooks were down to 400-ish (they used to be closer to 900!), and my physical shelf was down to about 20-22 (It used to be around 35-ish?)
And so I’m guessing you can already see what happened here. I won a few giveaways, so added 3 books to the physical shelf. And then I realized that one of those books was book 3 in a series I did not own. (And no, I hadn’t realized that when I entered. The giveaway didn’t state that and I didn’t look the book up!) So I had to buy the first 2 books. And then one of the other two books I had won was book 2 in a series I had meant to start but hadn’t. And I had to buy book 1 in order to start it.
Still not that bad right? Only 6 more books. WELL… As long as I was buying one book, I figured I might as well pick up the next book in a series I do read, makes more sense to buy more than one book at at time, right? 5 books later… And then I got an e-mail from Penguin asking me to read and review this e-book. So I grabbed that book. And then after I finished reviewing that book and sent the feedback in, I went poking through Netgalley to see what new books they had in my genres.
Saw one that looked good, but was 3rd in a series I hadn’t heard of. (See the pattern here??) So I went to GoodReads and looked up the first book. It looked good too! I was all, “It usually takes a few days to a week or more before the approval comes through. I can read the first book in that time easy! And then I can grab book #2 and read it before the ARC if of course I GET the ARC. Since that isn’t published til the end of next month!” So I hit the Request Button…
30 minutes later I was now the ‘owner’ of that ARC. Fastest acceptance in history (for me!). Okay, so that’s fine. I’ll just go ahead and start reading book #1 since I just finished my current eBook. And as soon as I have that book finished, I’ll read the 2nd one and then pick something else so I don’t burn out on the series.
That was Wednesday. Today? I got two notifications from the library that 2 books were now ready for me to read. (And I need to read them since it took over a month and a half for me to GET them, there were so many holds on the books!) And I only have 2 weeks to do that in. Plus read book #2 and the ARC series…
I’m not really complaining mind you. It’s just funny to me. I get my TBR piles to a more manageable size, and lo and behold, it’s suddenly raining books! My physical shelf is now sitting back up near 30 books, and all those eBooks I ‘had’ to get… *laughs*
Anyone want to join TBR Piles Anonymous with me? It’ll be fun! You’ll get chased down the street by books all trying to be read in the same short time-span! Don’t mind that pile over there, it already belongs to you. Really. *patented wide-eyed innocent look*
How often has this happened to you? Have you ever had a ‘small’ TBR pile? Ever requested an ARC in a series you hadn’t started thinking you’d have plenty of time to read the first books before the ARC arrived?