This is so, so true.
Here is another truth: I own enough unread books in my apartment to open a small bookstore. I own more books that I haven’t read, than ones I have. If I don’t enjoy a book, I have no qualms with donating it, or giving it to someone who may have better luck with it than I did. However, unread books stay with me, because who knows, I may have my next favourite book hanging out in my living room as we speak!
The problem is that new books are so shiny and exciting. There is a sense of immediacy. Given the choice between a brand new read my coworker was raging about, or an old horror novel I’ve had for years, I will always go for the new. To combat this, and hopefully change my ways, I’ve given myself a goal of reading 23 books this year that I already own as of December 31st, 2013. I’ve decided to call these “Alreadies” because they already live with me, and now it’s time to read them! I wanted a new term, instead of “owned unread books” – a new fresh way to see them. They are already here, and waiting patiently to be read!
I spent a while browsing my shelves for anything that popped out to me, and made a list of a few books I already own, that I would LOVE to read soon. Please let me know if you love any of these, and maybe it will help to get my butt in gear!
Any books you already own and are determined to read this year? Let me know :).