How I'm Attempting to Overcome My Reading FOMO

I'm trying to increase both the number of books I read and the quality of those books by conquering my reading FOMO.
Can we talk about FOMO for a minute? Mom, FOMO is fear of missing out. Some people experience FOMO in regards to social events, but my biggest FOMO occurs with books.

According to an article published last January in Publisher's Weekly, there were close to 700,000 books published in 2016. Now I read far more than the average person, but even I cannot handle that kind of Goodreads goal.

Obviously not all 700,000 are destined to be my next favorite book, but I cannot help wonder.

What books am I missing out on?

I know there were some fantastic books published last year. While I managed to squeeze in some like Dreamland Burning and Little Fires Everywhere, I know that I missed out on so many more.

My FOMO on my next favorite book was hitting me in full force and I knew just what to do. I turned to Facebook groups and Instagram and asked the bookish community to tell me what 2017 releases were their favorites.

In 2018 I'm trying to read some of your favorite books.

The bookish community is full of some passionate people, who love books something fierce. I think maybe only one or two people were able to narrow down their favorites to just one book, so I had a lot of options from which to choose.

For the first three months of 2018 I have selected a book a month. I landed on each of these books in a highly scientific process that involved making note of which books were mentioned the most. I know, I know; how impressive.

I have some major reading FOMO, so in an effort to overcome it I'm reading  your favorite books. These 3 were the books mentioned the most. If you have been looking for an excuse to read any of these, then please join me on Instagram with the #ReadingFOMO.

If you have not read these books (or even if you have), I would love it if you would read along! I plan on sharing updates on Instagram via #readingFOMO and will return February 12 to share my thoughts on Beartown in this space.

Reading is always so much more enjoyable when you have someone to share it with, so I really hope I convince someone besides my husband to read along. I plan on keeping this sort of thing up throughout the year, so start thinking about books that I should not miss! Please and thank you.

Fellow readers, if you have read these books I would love to know if BeartownThis Is How It Always Is, and/or Hum If You Don't Know the Words made your top favorite list for books that came out last year. If not, what did?


  1. I have not read any of these books, although Bear Town and This is How It Always Is are both on my TBR. The last book is new to me but sounds really good too. I suffer from book FOMO too. So many great books, so little time. On the plus side, it helps me feel less guilty about DNFing a book. My TBR is long and constantly growing (not that I would want it any other way) so I don't have time for books that put me to sleep!

    1. Yes, I have definitely become much more particular about what I'm actually willing to finish. That is the upside for sure! Although, part of me still feels reluctant to DNF a book that everybody "loved." I find myself waiting for the thing that made everyone love it in the first place!

  2. It can be so hard to pick what to read first and book FOMO is definitely a thing! Beartown was one of my favorite books from last year, so I hope you really enjoy it!

    1. Yay! I'm getting excited to read it! Everyone has such great things to say.


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