Too many?

Whisper it very, very quietly, but I’m starting to think I might have… too many books. Even if I could read 100 books a year (which I’ve never managed: I got to 98 in 2011), it would take me 8 years to read my current stock. Which would mean not accepting another review book, book as gift, not using a library, not borrowing books from friends, for 8 years.

The Physicist has suggested that I make myself a rule: start at the top left of the bookcase and read down. If I don’t want to read it right now, it goes in the bin – if I pass over it now, it’s highly unlikely I’ll ever want to pick it up again.

And hey, if I do, there’s bookshops that need supporting.

What do you think?

Update: I’ve removed 38 books from the bookshelves since I first wrote this post and taken them to work to donate in the charity box there – just picked them off the shelves as “realistically, I’m never going to read this”. Don Delillo’s Underworld was a hefty volume among them.

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5 thoughts on “Too many?

  1. Naomi 2 July 2014 at 7:38 pm Reply

    This is a tough one- I feel for you. 38 is a good start, though! Maybe it would make you feel better to make a list of the ones you get rid of, so you will remember to borrow them from the library if you change your mind and want to read them.

  2. themisanthropologist 2 July 2014 at 8:37 pm Reply

    Is there such thing as having too many books?! :-)

  3. ohsacrebleu 8 July 2014 at 12:34 pm Reply

    Sounds like you should join my book club! If you were in Australia of course :) http://www.meetup.com/The-Read-What-You-Already-Own-Book-Club/

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