Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week… It is hosted by shouldbereading.wordpress.com
• Describe one of your reading habits.
• Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!
My Monday ramble is about the number of books I own and haven’t read. My thoughts turned to organising my bookshelves when I saw that there was a book challenge from love2readalways.blogspot.com. to clean out your e-reader.
I have spent a good portion of my weekend feeling organising, feeling guilty and so here is a post part confession and part dealing with my problem!
I have lots of books on my kindle that haven’t been read and sorted by genre only
I have no idea how much I paid or what they cost now
I also have books on my bookshelves, in cupboards, bags and other hidey holes that remain unread
I keep buying more kindle books
I keep buying more physical books
Until today I couldn’t face up to the size of my problem
Starting on Saturday I loaded an excel spread sheet and set to work to find out the magnitude of books to be read.
The verdict I have 48 unread kindle books dating back to October 2010
I have 32 unread physical books dating back to I really don’t know
The kindle books would cost £149.22 at today’s prices (good news is I got them for £67.33)
Realistically these 80 books will take me until the end of July 2014 if I don’t read anything else. That would mean no ARC’s and no author reviews; too sad to contemplate. Instead I have taken a few measures to tackle the problem as a compromise.
I have signed up to clean out your e-reader challenge and identified 9 books to be read in November
I have also sorted out 11 of the physical books and put them on one shelf in the bedroom. These I will read before the end of the year.
The next step is to exercise some willpower. I am not going to stop reading blogs and coming across books I want to read but I can’t buy every book.
I will not order anything else from my TBR, not even if they are in the daily deal, identified as a price drop on http://uk.ereaderiq.com/ or for any other reason than I am going to read them within the next couple of days.
I will start sorting out the TBR over the next week or so and removing books I don’t really want to avoid the price drop temptation.
I will make proper notes on why I want a book so that I can review these lists regularly.
As penance I will listen to any other book confessions that need to be made by other’s with a similar affliction.
I have two bags of books to donate to the charity shop so someone else can enjoy them.
- Behind the Blog Monday: Paperbacks or eBooks? (novelreflection.wordpress.com)
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