Saturday, 17 July 2010

Weekly Geeks – Do you have Shiny Book Syndrome

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This weeks Weekly Geeks question comes from Tara SG

In case you don't know me, I like to make up medical sounding names for my book obsessions. For example: P.A.B.D.. I'd now like to introduce Shiny Book Syndrome. This is usually accompanied by a book hording problem yet to be named.

So what is Shiny Book Syndrome? It is when a person only wants to read their newest book and leave piles of poor unread books on their shelves to collect dust.

What can you do to alleviate the symptoms?

My first suggestion would be to make a list of all the books you own. I use GoogleDocs. I start by creating a form and then can organize the spreadsheet to see what I have and if I've read it yet or not. (For more info on how to do this, go here).

After you know what you have, I'd suggest jumping in on some reading challenges to motivate you to read the books you already own. Visit HERE for a listing of a pretty decent amount of book challenges happening on the web and designed just for helping with the Shiny Book Syndrome!

So I ask, how do you keep Shiny Book Syndrome away?
Do you participate in any challenges?

 

My Thoughts

Last year was my year for a ridiculous amount of challenges (mainly to get on top of my huge TBR pile)and this year I pledge to just read for enjoyment and I am. I rarely rarely if ever take book requests and more often than not I am easily pulled away from my current reading material by a blurb, a cover or even first scenes have been know to drag me to the checkout point – and this can be any book printed in any year; so newer shinier book – I am not fussed to be honest.

I am also out of the loop when it comes to some of my favourite authors releases or even some of the series that I am following up on. Mostly I come across books on a blog and think Oh lord – I missed that release date..

I am not a big fan of listing book or even more these elaborate system I hear readers doing to keep abreast of their pile..

My paper books – I have a system on the bookshelf and that works for me and my family. My one pet peeve is that all books are CARED for – I require nothing else – so sometimes I trip over something or I might be in the mood for a particular type of book and I will read it – but new books can be found still in the package they came in for months on end or stacked in a corner awaiting some attention.

My Ebooks – I along with millions of readers have huge ebook libraries – and I for one love my back-list. For the past few months I have been enjoying reading some of the stuff from a few years ago. The newer released I can take or leave.

While I love new books, I am able to pass a new release and enjoy the stuff I have – however some authors work are auto buy and read at the same time type of material for me. Obviously cost and time to read factor into my buying habit as well – so some months I buy more some months I buy less, I have even been known to buy northing.

Personally I am physically unable to keep up with how fast some of these books are release – so I don't bother. As long as I am a member of a few decent newsletters or a book listing site – I am not particularly worried about missing anything. I’ll get to it in time.

I definately do not have shiny new book syndrome. Do you?

I currently use Goodreads and Shelfari – just to be social and chat about books

29 Speak To Me:

pattepoilue on 17 July 2010 at 09:13 said...

Sadly I think I have! lol Well not exactly...I sometimes read books that have been waiting for months on my shelves. But I'm always tempted to read the new one that just came out.

Only a few days ago I finished a book and I wanted (NEEDED) to read the one that I had just ordered and not received yet. I couldn't decided on any other books from my huge TBR-piles, it had to be the new one. mehhh

I think you got it right though, I can't keep up with the new releases so I should maybe just stop trying to stay afloat and enjoy the books as they come. I'm barely keeping up with the books for review as it is lol

Have a great weekend! =)

Caroline.

Erotic Horizon on 17 July 2010 at 09:40 said...

@pattepoilue

(NEED) - I know that feeling hon, especially if the book is really good - I just want the next one in the series or another one by the author..

I can remember buying some books because of that as well.

At the end of last year- I KNEW I had to start getting on top of my pile.. It is huge, so newer books will have to wait....

E.H>

Rikki on 17 July 2010 at 10:22 said...

No, I don't have it either. I read what I feel like whenever I feel like it. New or old, newly released or 5 years old. I don't care. As long as the mood is right all is good.

I don't keep up with releases either, unless from the sites I review for. But even then I only get what I feel like and I'm under no pressure to read it right away.

Carole on 17 July 2010 at 10:29 said...

I can't believe that is what it's called! *gasp* I've been suffering this for years.

What do I do? Read through my latest books as fast as I can in hopes I can wade through the older books. *sigh* not that I seem to be winning that battle.

Carole
The Romance Reviews

Erotic Horizon on 17 July 2010 at 12:49 said...

@Rikki..

Mood reading definately does not work with newer shinier books...So I agree with you there..

I have missed so many books I vowed I was going to read - but, not fussed...
I'll get to them in time.

:)

Erotic Horizon on 17 July 2010 at 12:50 said...

@Carole

Yes my dear it does have a name...

I know you LOVE the sparkly shiny new book... my list is bigger for knowing you...

As long as you have a system that works for you - All is well...

E.H>

Blodeuedd on 17 July 2010 at 13:18 said...

*hangs head in shame*
I do, oh yes I do. I have an Elizabeth Chadwick book that is goign on 15 years soon, I LOVE her, but have I read it..no, cos I like shiny new books

pattepoilue on 17 July 2010 at 13:58 said...

lol I've made the first step toward recovery...I put all my TBR books in ONE place...now there's no ignoring how many I have! It's right in front of me in my room.
Next step, reading the old ones first
=P

Tam on 17 July 2010 at 14:50 said...

I have a slight case. I buy new books and some of them get read right away, some have to wait. It is easy for me to forget my older books but since I read exclusively e-books they are easy to see how old they are in my pdf file. I tend to leave long ones for later, which I'm trying to remedy now, but yeah, I do that to a point.

Lily on 17 July 2010 at 16:00 said...

I try to mix it up. I'll read new books and then a few of the books sitting on my TBR. I've joined a few challenges to force myself to read those, some of which have been on my TBR for a year maybe two years.

I've always liked making lists and keeping track of things which I find GRs helps with. I did start a list on Google Docs but it's kind of stalled out.

amcatoir on 17 July 2010 at 17:28 said...

Yep, I could most likely be accused of this one. I think that my attempts to keep up with new trend in order to be able to recommend books to customers contributes to my case a lot. By the time I read an older book, it is not on the shelf anymore for me to suggest. I've taken to reading more NEW BOOK reviews then actual new books, in attempts to finish some older titles.

Can't wait to see what you call us book hoarders? I've always preferred the term collector, but some times that doesn't cover it.

gautami tripathy on 17 July 2010 at 17:38 said...

I try to read a mix of old and new books!


Here is my Weekly Geeks post!

Chris on 17 July 2010 at 17:57 said...

Oh yeah. I have this. Bad. *sigh*

Erotic Horizon on 17 July 2010 at 19:21 said...

@Blodeuedd..

You do need to hang your head in shame ...

15 years - that is bad...

You and million others love the shiny books..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 17 July 2010 at 19:22 said...

@pattepoilue

I hope you stick to the plan and not walk around the TBR pile to get more shinier newer books...

Enjoy hon.. Hope you find some good ones in that pile..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 17 July 2010 at 19:28 said...

@Tam

I have a slight case

I love how you phrase that - a slight case - Indeed..

Bu I do get your point, sort of out of sight out of mind ..... that's mainly one of the reasons why I have so many ebooks...

Funnily I am the reverse with my reading now - because of you and Chris, I am trying to read more shorts - as I naturally prefer longer books..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 17 July 2010 at 19:30 said...

@Lily..

I do read some newer ones and I do have my moments where mood reading drags me away from a book I am reading and most times it's one of the newer books...

I really do find Goodreads a blessing - as I can compile what I want to get to later...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 17 July 2010 at 19:31 said...

@GT..

I figure most people read a balance of the newer ones and the old TBR pile..so you are in good company..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 17 July 2010 at 19:32 said...

@Chris..

What can I say... "Confession is good for the soul"....

:)

Erotic Horizon on 17 July 2010 at 19:35 said...

@Amcatoir

That is a valid reason and I can see where just reading reviews are probably the best in some situations as you would never be able to keep up at the rate that books are published...

Check out my Hoarder post...

Mine

Weekly Geeks offering

Enjoy... and happy collecting..

E.H>

Kris on 18 July 2010 at 01:34 said...

I plead the fifth. I'm pretty sure that sort of works in Australia.

Carole on 18 July 2010 at 08:41 said...

E.H> you do the same for me... :)

But hey, what's a book lover without a mountainous TBR pile? When I was younger, I thought I was weird, you know. I would buy books, then leave them on my table or cabinet without reading them for weeks on end while I go and acquire new ones. Now, I know I'm just normal. LOL

Carole
The Romance Reviews

Kerrie on 18 July 2010 at 09:39 said...

You really seem to have that particular syndrome under control EH. I'm not sure that I really have the syndrome but suspect I have.

Erotic Horizon on 18 July 2010 at 10:19 said...

@Kris..

That won't wash with me my girl... You have it and thats, that..

the fifth - indeed!!!!

:)

Erotic Horizon on 18 July 2010 at 10:21 said...

@Carole

But hey, what's a book lover without a mountainous TBR pile?

Preaching to the choir hon... I cant remember a time when I didn't have a TBR pile...

Normal - Yup, there's a bunch of us normals running around here...LOL

E.H>

ErotRomReader (Janna) on 18 July 2010 at 18:58 said...

Guilty as charged I'm afraid! ;) Awesome that you seem to have yourself in control like this, hon! :) Wish I could stop buying new books... at least every now and then.

Erotic Horizon on 19 July 2010 at 21:41 said...

@Kerrie

While I dont have the syndrone myself - I would say you are in good company..

The majority seems to love a little of both...

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 19 July 2010 at 21:43 said...

@Janna..

it's a struggle hon and I have learn my lesson over the years...

Work on what's around me - I may catch up, eventually...I hope..

E.H>

David H on 22 July 2010 at 21:21 said...

I don't really try to catalogue my books, personally; there are just too many. I use Goodreads to record the books I read, but not all those I own.

The closest I get to placing my books in any kind of order is that all the books in the bookcase are shelved alphabetically -- boot the books not in the bookcase aren't...

Er, I haven't really answered your question about Shiny Book Syndrome, have I? Well... I don't think I really have it, but I do have so many books that it probably doesn't make any difference!