I am a slow reader. I finish maybe 5-6 novels a year save November (when I do my own NaNoReaMo and read 3 books a week). It's embarrassing, especially when I seem to be surrounded with people who can read a book in a day like it's nothing.
This year my guilt has only increased, thanks to ARCs. Before, they didn't matter because I didn't really have access to them. But a few have crossed my path lately—from contests, from friends who have hook-ups—and I feel really, really bad that I haven't read them yet.
Especially since the books are, um, OUT IN STORES NOW.
I look at the ARCS on my shelf and feel like a total heel. There was someone out there who probably would have read that before the book came out, someone who would have gobbled it up and passed it on like they were supposed to. And here I am, not knowing when I'll get to them.
Talk about ARC fail.
But it's not that I don't want to read! It's just that reading takes time for me. It really does. And it's hard for me to concentrate with my crazy loud kids. I don't naturally gobble up books, though I do love them. I know I will be woefully behind on reading my whole life.
That probably sounds like a long list of excuses, but I promise it's not. What I'm really saying is that despite everything I still make an effort to read. I have to be more choosy, since I can't read 100 books a year, but I do believe in reading and making time for stories. Even if I can't read fast and I don't have a lot of time, I still finish books and try to read more.
At least November is coming up, so I will make a dent then. Do you have any books I should consider for my NaNoReaMo roster?