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my deal with myself, re: books

my enthusiasm for book-shopping has led to a bit of a pile-up. as of today i have 115 books waiting for me to either read entirely, or to finish reading. if stacking one's books into a single column would be a physical hazard (or impossibility), i believe that steps should be taken to resolve the problem. knowing myself, i think that attempting to stop buying books until these are read would be an impossible standard, so the new rule is that i'm allowed to buy one book for every three on the "to-read" shelves that i read in their entirety. this may result in me reading the shortest books first until the shakes subside, but the rule did not specify the length of the books, did it? ;)

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bzdchris
Jan. 3rd, 2007 08:16 pm (UTC)
Phew!
And here I have been deriding myself for having so many books I haven't yet read, yet I keep adding more and more to the list of books I want to read when I'm laid up with that broken leg/back/whatever. Thanks! I feel so much better now!
nayad
Jan. 3rd, 2007 10:23 pm (UTC)
Re: Phew!
the comments i've gotten on this entry indicate that there are several of my friends with this compulsion. we'd better avoid all of us going to a bookstore together, or we could cause a panic!
pisica
Jan. 3rd, 2007 09:21 pm (UTC)
I have pretty much the same problem, and was sooooo glad this morning when a book I read 30 pages of turned out to be not worth continuing with. Yay, one book gone!
nayad
Jan. 3rd, 2007 10:17 pm (UTC)
hehe - i resemble that remark. at least sometimes. ;)
medeine
Jan. 3rd, 2007 09:34 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah....hear ya there!

I have this tendency to read like Hansel and Gretel, following a trail of bread crumbs from one book/topic to another.

Problem is - I never find an end! :D
nayad
Jan. 3rd, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)
what fun would *that* be? ;)
leathermines
Jan. 3rd, 2007 09:44 pm (UTC)
Step One - We admitted we were powerless over reading materials--that our lives had become unmanageable.

Came to believe that a Librarian greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.

Step Two - Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of that Greater Librarian as we understood Her.

Step Three - Get more books.


Start back at step one...


damn.
nayad
Jan. 3rd, 2007 10:15 pm (UTC)
LOL! i don't suppose going to confess at the Library would help, would it? well, it might be cheaper, at least...
aenodia
Jan. 4th, 2007 01:32 am (UTC)
I think I'm a charter member of the she who has the most unread books when she dies club.
I have 4 bookcases of unread books in my storage locker plus another 100 here in the motorhome I have not read.

This is why I have the rules about no mysteries, no vampires, no werewolves, no horror, no hard covers, no trade paperbacks. So all the books are paperbacks mostly SF & F.

Urg I guess I will just have to go cold turkey.
nayad
Jan. 4th, 2007 05:48 am (UTC)
whoa! it's nice to know i'm not the High Priestess in the Church of Book Shopping. that would involve too much responsibility. ;)
aenodia
Jan. 4th, 2007 05:55 am (UTC)
I think I have reached the absurd with my book buying. Especially now when I look at a place to live with an eye to how many book cases it will hold. Plus figure out how to move them here to Tucson.
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