I used to work in a bookstore. I would see hundreds of books every day, and many of them caught my eye. Rather than making a list – since I lose lists – I would simply buy the ones that sounded like I would enjoy them. I got a great discount, so why not. I read voraciously, so it should all be fine. But I never gave up the library habit. And since you only get to keep library books for a few weeks I would read the library books first. So I amassed quite a “collection” of books. You see, I also never got rid of my books. What if I ever wanted to read them again?
When the bookshelves started buckling and I ran out of room under the bed, I realized how silly this was. So, I gave away or sold many of the books I already read and didn’t need for reference. I plan to keep the Harry Potter books. I also have 2 mystery series I keep – the Janet Evanovich and Diane Mott Davidson books, because I know I will re-read them. I am working myself up to giving all of my Nancy Drew books to my nieces. I had planned on giving them to my daughter one day. But, I have a son, so off they can go. Maybe. Occasionally I still read one.
But still, I have hundreds of unread books. And now that I tend to read books on my phone or my iPad, they really aren’t getting read. The book in the picture is one I actually started to read before Colin was born! I bought it at a library sale, then realized it was part of a series. I read the first few books in the series when I borrowed them for a library, but by the time I made my way to this one I was bored with them. So, it sat for years. I finally finished it this spring. It is still sitting around here somewhere. I need to set up a spot to plop all the books I am done with.
Every once in a while I make a mental vow to read the books on my shelves instead of going to the library or downloading one. But, when Colin wants me to sit with him for one more minute at bedtime, lights are not an option and out comes the phone. And frankly, some of these no longer interest me. There was a time when all I read were vampire novels and horror. Now, not so much. I dabbled in science fiction and even less in fantasy. But there the sit on the shelf, alongside William Trevor and F. Scott Fitzgerald (I read some in college, surely I would read more). But these days I want a quick and entertaining read. Literary fiction isn’t gonna do it.
But these unread books are going to waste. So, once again I made a vow to read these books I already own and move them out of this house. I started easy – with a mystery. I bought this on one of our trips to California. I was so excited to get to go to a real mystery bookstore I started grabbing books willy-nilly. This one is called A Harvest of Bones. It features an amateur detective (of course, those are my favorite) who owns a teashop (of course) and is a medium (what?!). I am so not the same person I was back in 200-whenever that I bought this book! I am not into any supernatural stuff anymore. It kind of makes me cringe. But, this one I am going to read (I also have a thing about finishing every book I start – yikes!).
I am going to have to start small with this challenge. So, I am going to challenge myself to reading one of the books from my shelf once a month.
What about you? Do you have lots of unread books sitting on your shelves? Are they the sort of books that still interest you today?