My name is Patti.
And I'm a ReadAlong-aholic.
There. I've admitted it.
1st step to recovery.
Have I mentioned that I love ReadAlongs????? As much as I love blogging, reviewing, reading other reviews, comments and commenting, the ReadAlong is a guarantee that there's somebody else out there reading the same thing I am at the same time...and that we'll meet back together at some pre-assigned time to talk about it.
I just love that!!!
I do not need to recover from the ReadAlong format itself...I need to recover from how many of the damn things I sign myself up for :/
I read a tweet of a fellow blogger's yesterday...she was upset about a different issue, but she said "as much as I love blogging, why can't I just be chill about it!?"
That's exactly my problem with ReadAlongs...When a ReadAlong opportunity comes along, I act as if it's the last time anybody anywhere is going to read that particular book...and if I don't join in, I'll never get another opportunity to read that book nor talk with others about it.
And yes, I've always had this kind of personality. I am a talker...a socializer...and I don't have any secrets...my friend Missie says, "Why should I read your blog? I hear all your stories first thing every morning after we arrive to work?" :/
The problem with signing up for so many ReadAlongs is that I forget. Then, the hosting blogger posts the 1st assigned posting and I'm scrambling around to catch up. Or, I have a harried couple of days where I'm not reading and commenting much and don't realize I'm behind until 3-4 weeks in...that's really frustrating. Or, the worst thing of all, not realizing I'm behind until the final post goes up...that's when I really feed like a slacker.
Right now I'm reading The United States of Arugula, Affinity, Villette, A Doll's House, War and Peace and Jane Eyre as a part of ReadAlongs. Those are the only ones I can remember anyway. The only one I'm sitting pretty in is Jane Eyre...because it just started. I'm not behind on Affinity yet because it doesn't start until next Monday. I'm behind on the rest of them.
I have noticed some trends about myself though...and I'm going to use these emerging trends to redirect myself a little (sorry, but the PhD thing is a curse I can't shake).
I do much better with slow ReadAlongs...the ones where we read slowly and stop at certain points to wait on anyone else who's reading. I'm a stewer and a thinker as much as a socializer so that gives me time to pause and savor what I've read so far. For some reason I haven't been tempted to read ahead yet. I know that other bloggers don't like the slow pace of some ReadAlongs because of a need to keep reading. I actually enjoy a little break and may fly through another quick read in between...again, just personal preference. Before I started blogging about books I was a monogamous reader...one book at a time. I actually was blown away by all the book bloggers who talked about the bookS they were reading at the same time...now I do it too. Especially with a dense piece of literature, a little break between courses to cleanse the palate is sometimes a very good thing.
I also tend to stay on track with my reading when I have a schedule for myself.
Even with reading multiple books, I have to have some kind of structure...not a suffocating kind of structure...but I NEED little gates around myself to keep me from being distracted by other shiny things. I WANT to read all the books out there and to read them and discuss them with others...I ENJOY that part of my life...so I have to make that part of life a priority...but at the same time not another responsibility. Does that make sense? Probably not.
Over the last couple of days I've added my ReadAlong commitments to my day planner...with everything else that happens in my life... I put the ReadAlong discussion dates on the monthly pages of my day planner so I can see how those planned discussions work with the rest of my schedule. I can use that schedule to keep up but also to decide realistically if I should commit myself to another ReadAlong I'm contemplating. For example, if a ReadAlong discussion is scheduled to occur on my firstborn's graduation day in May, I won't sign up for it because I probably won't be forming coherent sentences that day much less thinking straight...I'm sure I will be a blubbering mess.
Anyway, you get the picture.
I have high hopes for my new plan; we'll see how it works.
Until next Sunday...