I normally only write one Sunday Salon post per week. However, after working on deleting my former dedicated book blog, Just A (Reading) Fool, yesterday as part of Bloggiesta, I realized I had something else about which to write. So here goes:
As I was insuring that links and pingbacks went to this blog on posts that used to be on Just A (Reading) Blog, I came across a lot of posts with photos of books I had taken out of the library, with the intention of reading. Nine times out of 10, I never did finish any of those books. As I have mentioned previously, my eyes are bigger than my reading appetite and nowhere is this more evident than by the number of books I check out from the library but never read.
So today, my wife challenged me to take only one or two books at a time and then finish them before taking any more out of the library. To that end, I will be returning several books that I have taken out of the library recently and will only keep two. Which two? I’ll let you know later, but I’m going to aim for a fiction and nonfiction read, to keep it balanced, and also to help me toward one of my goals of reading more nonfiction this year than I did last year. Note: These include e-books too.
I also worked on the bookcase in my office this morning and have recommitted myself to tackling the books there as I promised back last August. To that end, I have weeded out about 30 to 40 books, to which I know I will never get, and left only ones that I most likely will read. There still might be more weeding, but the stacks are a little more manageable than they were, with about 75 books, which still could take a couple of years, considering that I still take books out of the library too – although probably not, since many of the books on the shelves are quick reads.
I’m making no commitments to read specific books off the case, but I do commit myself to read at least one book a week from there for the rest of the year. That way, I at least can make a dent in the stacks there. I’ll see later which book will be this week’s book. I may read more than that too per week, but one’s a start.
Do you take out too many books from the library? Or are you one of those people who reads every single book you borrow? If you are, for the record, I hate you ;). How do you manage your reading? With me, it’s mostly by the seat of my pants, as you can tell.