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11 August 2013 @ 03:34 pm
A Lesson in Shame  
I haven't received a book pre-order since the end of June and that was just one book, so it feels a lot more like it's been since May really. For someone who buys books regularly, I'm exercising great restraint to stay away from book splurges. But the desire grows by the day and so to keep myself from giving into the urge, I decided to pull out all of the books I currently own, still in my to-be-read pile, to remind myself that in actuality, I have no need for more, I have plenty still waiting for my attention.

Partly, the problem is that I don't have one place to house all of my books. I have a bookshelf that's overstuffed and a curio cabinet that stores a bunch, and then I've got stacks of books hidden on end tables, underneath coffee tables, lined up in tidy piles in places I would otherwise showcase a knickknack and so this makes it hard sometimes to really grasp the library I truly have. I know that according to my GoodReads, I have read 185 books in the past few years, most of which I actually own. I have started to donate the few that do no have a re-read value to me, but for the most part I can guarantee at least 150 already read books in my collection. And because my book buying has gotten so out of hand in the past few years, and because I often get an abundance of books for birthdays and Christmas, it feels impossible to gauge exactly how many other books still exist in these hidden places waiting to be read.

And this is what I found when I dug them out.....

TBR Hardbacks
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TBR Paperbacks
If you count the books within the books (like those B&N Leather-bound Collections) this totals to 97 books. Ninety-Seven. And this doesn't even include all the non-fiction I own. The guilt is too heavy to even imagine factoring in those, too.

Oh, the shame I'm feeling right now over my desire for things I don't need.

Current Music: Hands Like Houses - "Fountainhead"
swhistedswhisted on August 12th, 2013 04:11 pm (UTC)
O_O 120?!? Holy cow, amazing.

The most I've ever read in a year was 55+/-? My goal this year was to read at least 60 books, but I'm only at 35 or 40 currently so we'll see. Man, I need to start reading faster.

Reading in ABC order is a good idea. I find myself always drifting towards the shortest books first so I can blow through them quicker, but the ones I have left are all about the same length at this point so maybe I need to try a different tactic.
Leisa Vincelettefandoria on August 12th, 2013 04:49 pm (UTC)
I used to just go with whichever one caught my attention at a given moment. But then I'd have books that would keep getting ignored. Reading in ABC order is the only way so far I've been able to make sure those ones don't get ignored anymore. And after finishing some of them, I've wondered why I took so long to read them in the first place.
Leisa Vincelettefandoria on August 12th, 2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
Also, I noticed from your pics that we have a lot of books in common. Some I've already read and some I just finished reading (like Melissa Marr's books. I just finished Darkest Mercy last week) and some are still in my TBR list.
swhistedswhisted on August 12th, 2013 05:32 pm (UTC)
What did you think of Melissa Marr's series? I was gifted the entire thing for Christmas one year and have been unsure about jumping into it for fear that I'll either love it and forget the world exists until all 5 books are read or hate it and still feel obligated to read the others just because I have them.
Leisa Vincelettefandoria on August 12th, 2013 05:47 pm (UTC)
Well, I had read the first three as they were released and liked them, but the problem was, because I'd read so many books inbetween, it took me a while to ramp up with each one and remember what had happened before. So when the last two came out, I decided to wait until I could reread the first three and read all 5 books together. But then I never got around to it because other books snagged my attention first. I enjoyed the first three again upon reread and it made it much easier to get into the last two because I had all the details fresh in my mind and could see how it all fit together.