The Book Club Dilemma

20 Sep

I seem to have this problem fairly often and I’m wondering if I’m the only one. Reading book club selections on a deadline can be a killer!

It happens every time. I think I have a week free to squeeze in a book I want to read. I’ll get started, I’ll get into the book, and then it happens. This time, it was an audiobook hold coming in that I’ve been waiting two months for. That threw my idea of listening to the audiobook of our selection. Another time, it was losing the hold on the ebook I was reading for fun, starting the book club selection, only to have the ebook become available again a few days later. Almost every time, something comes up.

I try to make it work. I balance ebooks, audiobooks, eaudiobooks, and print books as best I can to enjoy some of my own picks while getting through a book club pick as well. But sometimes it’s a real struggle. I don’t want to put a book on hold or I’m SO CLOSE to finishing it and could be done in four days but I need to get to that book club selection because I only have a week to read it and I’m supposed to be leading the discussion. Something always comes up.

I can’t be the only person who has problems with reading on a deadline. I know many of you read for book clubs and for blog tours. How do you deal with the time pressures and squeezing books in that have no deadline but make you happy? I need some tips.

Until next time, write on.

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15 Responses to “The Book Club Dilemma”

  1. kairathebookgoddess September 20, 2018 at 11:04 AM #

    So true!


    • Sam September 20, 2018 at 12:11 PM #

      Ha ha glad I’m not alone. Happy reading!


  2. Aymee September 20, 2018 at 11:09 AM #

    Ugh, reading on a deadline always fouls me up, too. I don’t read so much for book clubs, but ARCs can do that to me, too. I see that publication date looming and suddenly, I lose interest. Or something else calls to me.

    To quote my daughter, “It’s a struggle, mom.”


    • Sam September 20, 2018 at 12:12 PM #

      Haha glad she gets it. I don’t take on many ARCs because I hate deadlines. I hate library due dates! Happy reading.


      • Aymee September 20, 2018 at 12:28 PM #

        Right? I try not to either, and I always check the pub date to make sure I have enough time. But ugh…

        Thanks and you, too!

        Liked by 1 person

  3. Becky Ross Michael September 20, 2018 at 11:25 AM #

    I joined two book clubs in the last several years, which I really enjoy because I’ve been reading different types of books and authors that I may not have chosen, otherwise. I realized, though, that in order to get those books read I wasn’t reading many books by my favorite authors or just interesting-looking books that I’d discovered. I decided to take each book (like 3 that I’m now reading) and figure out how many pages I need to read each day in order to get done in time. It seems to be working:)


    • Sam September 20, 2018 at 12:14 PM #

      Setting a goal could be a good way to push through them!it would keep me on track at least. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  4. Rae Longest September 20, 2018 at 3:50 PM #

    As my grandmother said, “You’re always a day late and a dollar short!” Reading on a deadline can be difficult.


    • Sam September 20, 2018 at 4:36 PM #

      So true! I’m trying to avoid it but love book clubs too much. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  5. jabrush1213 September 20, 2018 at 4:44 PM #

    Oh yes, I have the same problem as well. Sometimes life gets in the way or another book comes out that I really want to read leading me to neglect the book. When it comes down to meeting a book club deadline I find it hard as well.


    • Sam September 20, 2018 at 10:05 PM #

      I always feel like I have at least one book partially finished and languishing. I hate it haha. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Hunida September 20, 2018 at 7:00 PM #

    The only deadline I have is the 21 days the library will let me borrow it and that’s stressful enough!


    • Sam September 20, 2018 at 10:05 PM #

      Those stress me out all the time! Especially with digital material that returns itself. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

  7. carhicks September 21, 2018 at 2:08 PM #

    I have a terrible time reading on deadline. I have a book discussion coming up next week and have to read the book, but I am in the middle of 2 other ones that I don’t want to stop reading and one eaudiobook that is due back in two days and I don’t want to lose out on it and ……. I feel your pain.


    • Sam September 21, 2018 at 9:26 PM #

      Ugh, the worst. I think about quitting a club all the time because of the stress haha. Happy reading!

      Liked by 1 person

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