Seeing Kermit surrounded and almost buried in leaves kind of reminds me of my relationship with books. I'm pretty much buried in them too! I have no more space in my house for the books I buy and piles are sitting on the floor which isn't good and I can't read them quick enough because I keep buying!!! I've battled to reduce the tbr without success this year but now Kermit and I are embarking on a new plan to reduce the book buying and give me a chance to reduce the tbr at last. The Plan? Download samples instead of buying!
The thing about Chuckles is that I can generally tell in the first few chapters if I'm going to hate a book or not. If it is dreadfully slow, the MCs are obnoxious, it's all tell no show, instant tropes, racist, sexist, cliched' etc, I can see that in the opening chapters and will DNF it. So by reading the samples instead of buying, I get to try the start of each book and if I don't enjoy it, I delete the book and I'm not out of pocket! That sounds like a plan to me!
I know you guys have probably been doing this for years and I sort of kept meaning to do this but never got round to it. However on a blog I've newly followed, Sarah at Dragons and Zombies https://dragonsandzombies.com/home/ talks about how her tbr is under TEN because she reads samples instead of just buying piles of buying new books and I just thought that now was the time to try this.
I still intend to buy books but this way I'm only buying books where I've been interested in how it starts which gives me a much better chance of liking it, as well as series I'm currently enjoying. I'll be doing a weekly post on my sample reading to give my views on the books I've tried and whether I plan to go ahead and get the book. Every Sunday night will be sample night where I start getting them read and then I'll do a post about them to share with you guys. Obviously I'll still grab freebies and buy new releases in favourite series but I do want to cut the amount that comes into the house. Another added advantage is that if I'm unsure whether or not I'll like a book that I'm seeing on blogs or is recommended by a friend, I can try it free!
Tonight I start reading my samples and I'll post my first Sampling With Chuckles post next week to show you how I got on.