Let’s Talk Bookish: Putting Off Books You Actually Want To Read

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books and Dani @ Literary Lion. Today’s topic is Putting Off Books You Actually Want To Read.

Do you ever put off the books you actually want to be reading? What do you end up reading instead? Why do you put off the books that you would rather read for other stories?

I do this all the time and I’m so glad to hear this is something other readers do too! When I put off reading a book I really want to read it’s usually because I have some other books I need to finish first to stay on track with review commitments. I might be in the middle of another book or series, and if I put it on hold, I know it’ll probably be atleast a week before I return to it again which will throw everything off schedule.

Picking up books I really want to read also depends a lot on what other books I’ve been reading around the same time. I try my best to vary the books I pick up so that I’m not reading the same genre for too long, or reading too many massive books back to back which for me, is basically the recipe for a reading slump. Sometimes, I need to take the time to fit in an easy, light hearted read or two before I start an epic fantasy just to balance things out.

Then there are those books which I know are going to give me some version of a book hangover for atleast a couple of days and I try to read those kinds of books over the weekends so I have the week to process it. The final reason why I put off reading a book I really want to read is because I know I’ll love it and I’m not really ready to check it off my list – after all, you can’t get the experience of reading a great book for the first time twice.

Do you treat reading books you’re excited as a reward?

Absolutely! I use this method as a sort of motivational system when very highly hyped books are about to be released, because it’s so hard to concentrate on any other book around that time, so setting some goals like a few specific books or some blog related work to complete restores a little efficiency. Most recently, I did this with Chain of Iron. I held off reading it for 4 whole days after I got my copy because I was in the middle of the Daughter of Smoke and Bone series and also struggling through A Darkening of Shadows. I designated Chain of Iron as my reward for finishing all the books on my currently reading shelf, and it certainly did the job!

Do you put off books you actually want to read? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


6 thoughts on “Let’s Talk Bookish: Putting Off Books You Actually Want To Read

  1. saniya | sunnysidereviews April 2, 2021 / 10:25 am

    I totally agree with you! Putting off books I want to read is something I do quite often so that I can read newer books unfortunately. Great post!


  2. frayedbooks April 2, 2021 / 11:09 am

    I put off puts ALL THE TIME and its great to hear you do it too! I’m the same way in that I can’t read the same genre back to back so I need to vary my reading topics. And also if I know a book is going to give me a hangover I give myself time to process it. I’m not someone who can just jump into the next book, I usually need time to gather my thoughts especially if its a fantasy book!

    Chain of Iron is one I’m keeping as a reward for myself too lol! I own multiple copies of it, but I’m holding off until I know I have enough time for it to fully appreciate it!

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) April 4, 2021 / 8:44 pm

      I totally agree! With fantasy books I always need some time to process them before I can pick up my next read. Hope you enjoy Chain of Iron – it’s definitely one that is best read when it can be fully appreciated!


  3. Catherine June 29, 2021 / 2:26 pm

    I definitely put off books I want to read for a few reasons. Number one reason is if I want to read a physical copy instead of an ebook, especially if it’s because I want to annotate as I go so I need to own a copy. This is for a lot of classics and non-fiction on my list (some of which I own copies of but the copies are scattered across all the various places I have stuff in storage).

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    • Raji (@journeyintofantasy) June 30, 2021 / 12:51 pm

      I agree, there are some titles I definitely prefer to read physical books over ebooks too, mostly if they’re classics or really long, like over 600 pages or so.

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