So many books, so little time

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Stack of books

I miss reading. Not just 140 characters or a short status update, but sitting and reading a book for hours undisturbed. A real book with paper pages, buckram binding, and cool cover art. I need to make more time for that indulgence.

I have an entire bookcase devoted to To-Read books. It’s full and has spilt out into three baskets on the floor at my bedside. I need to put myself on a moratorium – no new books until I’ve read, oh… three pending books.

Those books that have been read, also need to be recycled. There is a magnificent used bookstore about two hours from me. You can sell used books and buy more, at reduced prices. It’s heaven for a unapologetic bibliophile.

I digress…

What I need to do, is re-sort my book pile into several smaller, less intimidating piles. I have nine books alone by Jo Nesbø, a Norwegian author who writes crime mysteries. Who wouldn’t love a protagonist named Harry Hole? (Pronounced “Holy.”) I’m only on the second book in the series. They aren’t connected like Stieg Larsson’s triology, but even as stand alone stories, they make more sense if you start from the beginning.

I have the new Dean Koontz “Odd Thomas” book, the final one in that series. I have “Egg & Spoon,” by Greg Maguire, best known for writing “Wicked,” which is now a hit Broadway musical. Then there’s Neil Gaiman’s newest book, “Trigger Warning,” a collection of short stories.

In an effort to broaden my understanding of the world around me, and my appreciation for history, I’ve added a few non-fiction titles to my reading list. First up is, “The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History,” by Elizabeth Kolbert.

According to the book jacket’s front flap, “… Kolbert tells us why and how human beings have altered life on the planet in a way no species has before.” She presents a well researched argument for why “… the sixth extinction is likely to be mankind’s most lasting legacy…”

I have the first pile of books, what else do I need?

  1. A comfy couch – check
  2. Pillowy pillows – check
  3. A warm blanket – check
  4. Plenty of time to read – check
  5. Peace and quiet – check
  6. Snuggly dogs – check

Where to start?!

NaBloPoMo February 2015

14 comments

  1. Miss reading too! 😦 The only reading I’ve been doing lately is useless reading. Somehow getting back to reading a full novel is getting tough.

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  2. You sound so like me Tara , a child in a sweet shop when it come to books …bless . My ambition is to sit down and read a book in a day …never done it … I have read two of the Millenium must go back and read the third .
    Cherryx

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  3. Hopefully the time will come when you find a day to just sit and read something I dreamed of in the busy years. And now at this stage in my life I have time to read. Having rid myself of many (most) of my books when I sold the house and decided to leave all behind I found a partner with a wall of books many I haven’t read and so am like a child in a candy store. That doesn’t stop me buying books though. And yes this week at the beach I have so far read three books. Now planning to re-read the Millenium Trilogy. Lucky lucky me.

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  4. I completely understand . . . I have so, so many books to read. I’m trying very hard not to buy any new ones for . . . awhile, at least (maybe a couple of months or so). I usually read every evening, as long as I’m not too tired.

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  5. You forgot the flask of coffee and biscuits!
    I used to love to read, but these days never seem to have the time either. I’ve borrowed a few from the library and kept some of my favourites before the Great Sort Out. I got one from the laundry room yesterday, read two pages, skipped a couple of chapters to read three more and was bored to tears so put it back.

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      1. So did we in the house, 79 by one author (Sandra Brown). No room for very much on the boat so books aren’t on our shopping agenda anyway, and the library is only a short walk away so no problems really if I wanted a good read.

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        1. I really need to utilize our library more often. I just don’t like to wait for a book. I want the it when I want it, even if it gathers dust while I find time to read it. My husband would certainly appreciate me not spending so much money on new books.

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