Sunday, October 24, 2010
As I was scouring my shelves a few weeks ago for the readathon, an insane thought came into my mind: “Man, I should really just read all these books I don’t really want anymore so I can get rid of them and finally read the ones I want to read.” Several things are wrong with this statement:
1. most immediate is why I would read a book I don’t want to read before a book I want to read. Obligation reading.
2. And of course there’s the guilt/ridiculousness of acquiring books faster than I can read them.
3. And then the fact that reading preferences change over time and what I was interested in 10 years ago (yes, I have unread books from that long ago) are not what I want to be reading now.
4. And finally, of course, the sad news that I can’t seem to part with books without having given them a shot first—so my insane reasoning of reading books I don’t want to read so I can purge them in order to get to the ones I really do want to read.
Oh, so many places I want to go with this post, but focus, Trish, focus. I don’t think I’m the only one who has a problem acquiring faster than she can read. I mean, really—I have seen your Monday Mailbox posts! Some of those lists are enough to send me into quick panic. How can one possibly get through all those books!? Preferences change, so not really a whole lot novel to discuss there. But obligation reading and shelf purging are probably my two biggest problems. But which to tackle first? It’s like the chicken and the egg!
Since I'm possibly the only one in the world who doesn't always remember life's too short to read books you don't really really want to read, culling the shelves it is!
The Taming of the Shelves
There are several reasons why I hold on to books:
--Have had it so long that to get rid of it would admit defeat
--Like the author and have collected all his/her books
--How will I know if it isn't my new favorite if I don't read it?
--One day I'd love to read this book again
--Maybe the second time I read this book I'll like it better
--Others like this author so maybe I will too
--Fascinating cover art
If you read my Reading Dust Jackets Sunday Salon, you'll remember that I don't like knowing very much about books before I read them--so consequently, most of the unread books on my shelves are ones that I really don't know much about. So...how do I tame the shelves??
So, Sunday's Question: How do you tame your shelves? Are you one who doesn't hoard books to begin with? Do you diligently (and economically) use the library? Do you give books away to friends, sell them back, donate them? HOW do you choose which books to get rid of? When you're staring at your beloved books, how do you determine which are the ones to go?
I'm at a high level of frustration--my shelves are all double-stacked, so I have to rearrange stacks to find the books behind. There's no room for more shelves in the house, so something's gotta give. What's your advice??
Looking Back to Last Week:
-I invited everyone to join me on a journey for The Odyssey Readalong
-My first Wordless Wednesday with a niece in Fuzzy Pink Pig Pajamas
-A Review of The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher
-Weekend Cooking with Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe
I'd like to get on a blogging schedule as I have more things to blog about than time to do it. I'd like to keep my bookish:real life ratio even but don't know how to do that without posting every day. Do you like when the blogs you read are on a schedule?
Looking Forward to Next Week:
-Either a review for Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close OR Brothers Karamazov (that's right, I finished! Just depends on if I have time to write the BK review--EL'&IC is already drafted)
-A trip to College Station for the A&M v. Tech game. Whoop!
-Perhaps a cookie recipe for Weekend Cooking
-Can I really finish Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by next Sunday?
Life is going faster than I am these days!! Hope you're having a lovely Sunday.