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I'm going to do something radical in 2008.

This is my own fault.

This year I read a total of 42 books (report on the last one forthcoming), and I have nearly 200 unread books on my bookshelves, most of which are fiction, which means that I have over four years' worth of reading material, not including magazines! Therefore, in order to catch up, I hereby declare that I will buy no fiction (for myself) in 2008.* I will also buy no books about writing (for myself) in 2008. The only books I will buy for myself in 2008 will be non-fiction, and only ones I need for research purposes (after using the library first!).

Plus, I'm going to aim for reading at least 50 books, preferably more. I was close this year. I can do this.

Don't taunt me, I beseech you.

* existing pre-orders excluded.



( 11 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 31st, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
I did that one year and it was great! It was the year before we moved away from Boston and it really helped clear the shelves so I didn't move books I didn't love.
Dec. 31st, 2007 05:26 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that worked out! I'm certain that I'll need your support when I start to get the shakes in a week or two.
Dec. 31st, 2007 05:32 pm (UTC)
It has a momentum to it once you get started.
Dec. 31st, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC)
I did the no-acquiring-books thing in 2007. I acquired 173.

On the plus side, that's probably fewer than if I hadn't tried....

Last year was primarily my 'cut down the 800-item books to read list' and I'm going to end the year with less than 400, and that includes the books I added in 2007. So this year is going to be the read-books-I-already-have year.
Dec. 31st, 2007 05:34 pm (UTC)
I can sooooo identify with this. -_-

Good luck with the backlog! And happy new year! :)
Dec. 31st, 2007 05:50 pm (UTC)
I can relate... but good luck with that. Do you stop reading a book at a certain point if it's not singing to you? That's been my goal this year: don't waste my time reading books I don't like. It's a learning process, though, and I haven't quite achieved that goal.
Dec. 31st, 2007 11:22 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah. I'll throw a book right out the window if I can't get into it within the first 50 pages. I have no qualms.
Jan. 2nd, 2008 10:31 am (UTC)
Yes! I don't remember when, but I eventually decided that life's too short to finish bad books. For years, though, there were only like three books I'd never finished (one unpublished -- and with good reason too).

As for other writers, real writers understand if you haven't read their books, since you're probably too busy to keep up if you're writing and do other things too.
Dec. 31st, 2007 06:11 pm (UTC)
on your books hself
Nayad, take a look at my I Am A Writer Library label on my web page: www.sfwa.org/members/Rand/.
Dec. 31st, 2007 08:12 pm (UTC)
Good luck! As for your writer friends... You know, one of the weirdest things I had to learn was that just because I'm someone's friend, that doesn't obligate me to buy their books. I do try to read folks I know, but if I bought every book by someone I consider a friend, I'd be broke, and I'd never read anything except friend-books.

Your writer friends should understand :-)
Dec. 31st, 2007 11:19 pm (UTC)
But I waaaaaaaaaaaaaaant to read everyone's books!!!

I know what you mean, though. It's impossible, and we all know it's impossible.
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