This week’s Booking Through Thursday question is:
Okay–here was an interesting article by Christopher Schoppa in the Washington Post.
Avid readers know all too well how easy it is to acquire books — it’s the letting go that’s the difficult part. … During the past 20 years, in which books have played a significant role in both my personal and professional lives, I’ve certainly had my fair share of them (and some might say several others’ shares) in my library. Many were read and saved for posterity, others eventually, but still reluctantly, sent back out into the world.
But there is also a category of titles that I’ve clung to for years, as they survived numerous purges, frequent library donations and countless changes of residence. I’ve yet to read them, but am absolutely certain I will. And should. When, I’m not sure, as I’m constantly distracted by the recent, just published and soon to be published works.
So, the question is his: “What tomes are waiting patiently on your shelves?“
Um, I think the easier question is: What books are NOT sitting on my shelves? Seriously, I’ve got well over 100 books waiting to be read. If I go to a bookstore, I put books in three categories: 1) Read it, 2) Own it, 3) Heard of it. It’s very rare these days for me not to own a book that I want. Either I’ve received the ARC, I’ve mooched it or I’ve bought it. There’s no sober days for this junkie!
This is the book case that houses all my to-be-read books. This does not include any review or ARC books. This photo was taken back in January…right now the book case is fairly bursting at the seams. Each shelf is packed with two rows of books all tightly jammed. Books have overflowed to the top of the bookshelf and to the tops of the rows.
Granted, there are books that looked interesting at one time that now look like poor excuses for a book, but that’s rare. And I recently culled my collection and got rid of 20-30 books, discarding any books I was sure I wouldn’t read. You barely noticed anything was missing.
At this point, most of these books have been sitting for over a year. But they will get read. Oh, will they get read.
What tomes are patiently waiting on your shelves? Or, how many books do you have waiting to be read?