It's been awhile, hasn't it?
Though I do love participating in Top Ten Tuesday I had never meant to make it an all the time thing on Typing Tiara, at most just a couple times a month...you know, an every other week sort of thing...but then I started loving the topics and I just couldn't resist...and I didn't really have much to talk about, at least as far as Tiara Talk topics go, and so I continued. However, I do have some ideas buzzing around in my head, and provided school doesn't kick my royal arse, I'd like to get back into the habit of posting a Tiara Talk every now and again.
This week I'm wanting to talk about balanced diets...and no, I don't mean getting your fill of whole grains and vegetables! I want to know how you manage, if you manage, to balance your reading diet.
You see...I am a literature major, which means I have TONS of required reading for the various classes I take every semester. I also, in case you haven't noticed, run Typing Tiara which is a young adult and middle grade blog. In my free time (HA! What a joke!) I read pretty much anything else I can get my hands on...including my biggie love of comics, graphic novels, and manga.
All of which don't always blend easily. Especially when I'm constantly getting new recommendations or requesting new reads from publishers/authors [or accepting them when approached!] and so on.
The worst part? I can't do it all. So without fail, year after year, a lot of reads fall to the wayside. Whether it means I've fallen behind in reading YA/MG books so I have no reviews, haven't read a single comic or adult book or fantasy or historical fiction or romance or any other genre I'm desperately craving...it happens and it sucks.
I want to be a balanced reader. I don't want to pigeon-hole myself into a single genre. There is SO much out there and I love so much of it. I want to try it all. And I don't want to face the dreaded burn-out that comes from reading too much of any one genre.
How do you guys manage it? Reading challenges? Lists? Pie charts? How do you make yourself a balanced reader? How do you satisfy all the cravings, or as many as you can, of the various parts that make up you?
I signed up for a couple of reading challenges this year, first time ever I might add, mostly because I wanted to try and tackle my own personal TBR pile. I challenged myself to read 285 books on Goodreads...more specifically, ten fantasy novels [Easy-peasy, right?] and ten classics...plus whatever else it takes to hit the mark. But still, I feel overwhelmed.
What about you guys? Are you feeling overwhelmed? Or, have you found a book diet that makes you a successfully balanced reader? DISH! ;]