The pile of books beside my bed is both a source of excitement, and of dread. Partially because I know that for every book I will read, there will be a few that migrate to my shelves unread instead and will live out their lives gathering dust before I decide to donate them to the library years later. Yesterday, I decided to really go through my books and be honest with myself about the things I won’t be reading. My husband and I drove two huge bags full of books to my local library branch and donated them. It didn’t take long to fill the spaces I had made with books that hadn’t yet moved to the shelves, and then I had to take a very close look at the books I wanted to keep beside the bed, and hopefully read sooner rather than later.
The picture above are the books. In addition to donating a ton, I have also taken a bargain with my husband that I will not purchase another book until April 6th, exactly three months from my last book purchase. In those three months, he’s challenged me to read all the books I bought on my last trip, all of which are included in this stack. I’m up for it!
The thing that is keeping me motivated about these choices are the diversity within them. I have a book about escaping into the wilderness, books by authors of diverse backgrounds, a book I’ve owned for years and never read, a re-read of an old favourite, a thriller, a book from Emma Watson’s book club My Shared Shelf, books on one of my favourite subjects (family), and so much more.
I guess this is a fancy way of posting a TBR but the use of that term is a deathwish for books I own. I make a list, and then completely ignore it in favour of other new and shiny choices. This is away to hold myself accountable. I spent the money, and now I will spend the time.
What books are you looking forward to in the coming weeks? Do you keep a stack beside your bed, pluck one from your shelves when you want to begin it, borrow a bunch from the library and work your way through, or are you the rare bird who buys a book, reads it and buys a new one, one at a time? Happy reading!