Weekend Reads #119: Why Do I Procrastinate on Books I WANT to Read

Weekend Reads is a post in which I discuss a variety of topics and mention the books I’m currently reading.

For this week, I’ve decided to participate in the Let’s Talk Bookish meme hosted by Eternity Books and Literary Lion. A discussion topic is given each week for us to post about. This week’s topic is

Putting Off Books That I 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? Do you treat reading books you’re excited for as a reward?

I chuckled to myself when I saw this topic because it’s something I often do. There are several reasons why I might delay reading a book, but the main ones are that I’m just too eager to read it, I’m not sure I’d like it, and I feel “pressured” to read it. Let’s briefly explore them.

I’m just too eager…

It makes sense that I delay reading books I’m not sure I’ll like or ones I’m pressured to read, but I also procrastinate on reading books that I’m eager to read, ones I know I’ll probably love. I think that’s odd. I think I’m an oddball for not immediately grabbing and reading books I’m excited about. Why do I delay on reading them?

I can’t answer the question, but a possible reason is that I probably psyched myself out getting too excited about the book and subconsciously assume that my high excitement and expectations of the book will make it a disappointing reading experience.

The books I’m eager about are the ones I’m more likely to purchase and… then forget about as they lay on my shelves collecting dust; so that’s another reason. My shelves are double- (and in some causes triple-) stacked, so if these purchased eager-to-read books somehow end up on a row that I do not see on a daily basis, then I’ll forget they’re there to read.

Another reason based on the fact that I purchased the book is that I hardly ever read the books I own, which is also weird. So by purchasing the book, I effectively made it one that I’ll probably not read any time soon.

Books I bought because I am (still am) eager to read them but have yet to:

The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro
The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of Her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente, illus. by Ana Juan

I’m Not Sure I’ll Like it…

This is easy to understand. Sometimes I’ll find or hear about books that interest me that I really want to read, but deep down I’m ambivalent about picking them up. Books that fall in this category I always pick up when I go to the bookstore but leave without them because I’m just not sure. If I’m purchasing books from a store or borrowing them from a library and have a pile that’s more than I want, these are the books I’ll take hours antagonizing over as I try to decide whether to leave with them or put them back on the shelf. (They usually go back on the shelf.)

Books that fall in this category include…

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Klune
Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman, illus. by Colleen Doran
Mythos by Stephen Fry
Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams

I feel pressured…

The last reason I’ll share in this post is that sometimes I feel pressured to read the book, so I don’t even though I’m eager or interested in reading it. Or, to be more accurate in some cases, I’m asked or told to read the book, so I don’t. My immediately reaction to being told to do something (sometimes) is not to do it, or rather not do it when I’m told to do it. In short, I rebel against directions and instructions.

Books that fall in this category are ones that are loaned to me without me first inquiring about them or books that are extremely hyped. Thankfully, this doesn’t happen too often. I’ve encountered some great reads from books suddenly loaned to me (like Soledad by Angie Cruz) and or were overhyped (like Nevermoor by Jessica Townsend).

Other books I felt “pressured” to read that somehow worked out…

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite
Becoming by Michelle Obama
Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

If you also procrastinate on books you’re eager to read, share your reasons why below.


What I’m Currently Reading

Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman

I’m currently buddy-reading this with Emily at Embuhleeliest (my buddy-reader in all things Hobb). The book is surprisingly humorous, so I’m enjoying it so far.

The Ruthless Lady’s Guide to Wizardry by C.M. Waggoner

I’m buddy-reading this with Millie from Milliebot Reads. I believe she’s already done, so I’d like to wrap it up this weekend. I’m enjoying this one as well. I like the protag.

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Surprisingly, my reading experience with this is not going as great as I thought it would. I think it’s because I’m not giving it the time it needs… maybe. I’ll focus more on it next week.

All Systems Red by Martha Wells

It’s the first novella in the Murderbot series. I intend to participate in the All Systems Read event this weekend (April 2-5) hosted by the Wyrd & Wonder crew for SciFi Month (another event they — Lisa at Dear Book Geek and Imyril at There’s Always Room for One More — host). The plan is to read/catch up on sci-fi reads and chat about it on Twitter using the #AllSystemsRead tag. I intend to read as many of the Murderbot novellas as I can and maybe some sci-fi comics too.


What are your reading plans for the weekend?

29 thoughts on “Weekend Reads #119: Why Do I Procrastinate on Books I WANT to Read

  1. I definitely relate to the “too eager” part. Sometimes I have books I’m eager to read and just as I’m about to read them I’ve found a million more exciting reads that I’m also eager to read.

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  2. This happens to me with preordered books all the time. I get so hyped about them, and then months and months pass before they come so that, by the time they’ve arrived, I’ve forgotten that I’m hyped about them. And it’s not even really that that makes me procrastinate reading them, because, often times, it’s the finale in a series that I end up procrastinating. The last Ember in the Ashes book has been sitting next to my bed since it released in January, and I haven’t even come close to picking it up. Part of me definitely doesn’t want the series to end, but then there’s other part of me that’s waiting to be ready to read it? I don’t know if that makes any sense because then there are books like We Free the Stars, which I definitely wasn’t emotionally read for it to end, but which I was so damn excited about reading that I didn’t even think about procrastinating with it. I think I’m talking myself in circles, honestly, and I’m no closer to understanding why we do this.

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    1. Lol! I totally get it. From the responses on here, it seems that many of us wait for that right moment too (I sure do that) but don’t know why we do so lol and, for me, sometimes I don’t even know what/when that right moment will be. Lol! It’s a quirk or being a bookdragon 🙂

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  3. I relate so much to this too hahahaha There are SO MANY that I just KNOW I’ll adore but I just keep on pushing them lower on my priority list for various reasons. One reason is probably that I want to read them exactly when I really want to read them just to optimize/maximize my love for it. And the second reason is probably that I don’t want to be done with them… Like… Once you finish them, they go back to picking up dust until you revisit them but if you keep them on your TBR at least the “act of reading” will always be new until you actually do… If that makes sense! 😛

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    1. Lol! Your second reason totally makes sense, and I think a lot of readers can relate to prolonging the first read so that it doesn’t pass by too soon. And I’m with you on waiting for the right time.

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  4. All of your reasons make perfect sense to me. I’ll share two reasons I do the same. I’m not just a reader but a collector of books, and sometimes the collector gets the better of me. There are just too many books I’d really like to read and I buy as many as I can, far more than I could read in any reasonable span of time. So time is the biggest reason. But there are those books that stand above the others, ones I most want to read and yet still put off. One example of this are the many volumes of stories of Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser by Fritz Leiber, an author no longer with us. And that’s a reason I put them off. I LOVE reading these stories and exploring them for the first time, and of course, there’s only one first time. I want to keep having this experience, but because the author is dead there won’t ever be any more of these stories (written by the original author, anyway). So I tend to put off starting the next volume knowing it will leave me one volume less to read. I know this is ridiculous, because what if I die too soon? Then I won’t have had the pleasure of reading all the volumes. So I fight with myself, and only slowly make my way through each remaining volume I’ve yet to read.

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    1. I can relate to putting off books because the author has passed and there won’t be anything new from the person, probably. I think that’s a valid reason. And also you trying to preserve/extend your first time with a book. I totally get that. I think many other booklovers can also relate to those reasons too 🙂

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  5. I know about being too eager. For me it’s more that I’ve started a book and I’m so excited and enjoying it so much, so I don’t want it to end. If I continue reading, then the book will eventually be over and I don’t want that D:

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  6. I keep putting off books that I have high expectations for haha, I’m just afraid I won’t end up loving them!

    (www.evelynreads.com)

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  7. I do that A LOT! 🤣 I keep them for “an opportune moment” when I’ll feel it’s the right time for them.
    Also, I do the same with the books I own; I keep borrowing new ones, so I always feel I’ll find time later for the ones I own – we know how that ends! 😂

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  8. I’ve a stack of novels to read but don’t read as many as I should. I divide my reading time between books for research material on my current writing project, a book of poetry, a novel or memoir, and magazines I subscribe to on the writing craft. This weekend, I will be begin reading The Feminine Mystique by Betty Friedan, the memoir Cordelia Street: My Neighborhood by Carolyn Mendez, and the poetry collection, A Nail the Evening Hangs On by Monica Sok.

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