This incident reminded me of a comment I made last week on Kassa's LJ. She was talking about how to pick from the dreaded TBR pile, and as I'm completely anal about organization, I decided to share my method. This is what I posted:
In case it's not obvious from my reviews, I organize things to an inch of their lives. My rubric for scoring is typical of how I approach my TBR pile, too. In that case, I use spreadsheets. Two actually, one to keep track of books I've yet to read and one to keep track of books I've reviewed. I can sort them by date published, author, publisher, genre, and length at that point, all to my heart's content. Because I have certain criteria I've placed on my own blog - m/m or menage on Monday, never review more than one book by an author or publisher per week - that allows me to put filters on the spreadsheet so I can only look at the possibilities that fit for that day.Of course, my method bit me in the butt this week. I didn't bother checking to see if the book was still available, because it never even occurred to me it might not be. I won't be changing my methodology any time in the near future. What this taught me was to check a book's availability before I read it for reviewing for now on. C'est la vie.
At that point, I randomly select three titles and pick from there. That allows me to take into consideration how much time I have for the review and what I'm in the mood for. I probably have more freedom than people who review for group blogs because I don't feel constrained by purchase/publishing dates. My philosophy is, I bought it and if I'm not in the mood to read it, I'm not going to force myself. I'm sure the author would prefer me approaching their work with enthusiasm rather than dread.
Whittling is another story. That just doesn't happen effectively. I have just as many print books as I do e, because I have a tendency to buy books as soon as I become aware of them, rather than wait and forget a potentially wonderful book.
And the book I liked so much? The Infinite Instant by Danielle L. Parker. It's a futuristic sci-fi, with noir sensibilities and some highly literate writing. Tons of action, lots of twists and turns, and no easy answers. Plus, it had a heroine who, if she was a little bit too physically perfect, was more than a little gray on the morality scale. With the hots for the crime lord's pimp son. It was a great break from the safer stories romance offers, so I would say that if you ever find it available again, jump on it. There's an excerpt at Fictionwise for those who might be curious. I wonder, though, if that means the sequel won't ever be released. That's a shame. I would have loved to read it.