to-read

On my last count, there were 74 books I own that I haven’t read. Some I’m planning to, some I’ve half-read and given up for whatever reason, some I have just put away for so long that I’ve forgotten about them, and some are short story collections (I can never finish those, short stories exhaust me).

This is without mentioning that tons of books that I want to read, but haven’t bought yet.

I’m going to start a new project: take a monthly ‘measurement’ of my ‘to read’ books for a year, and see how the number varies. My prediction: in a year, I’ll own over a hundred books that I’ve not read. I am even planning to show-off with a pretty chart on blog at the end of the year.

All of this begs the question: why buy new books when I’m not reading the ones I have? There is no easy way to explain this to a person that doesn’t read—anyone that does read already knows all about this problem—that I’m going to try humour.

You see, sometimes I buy books because they look good, sometimes because they ‘match’ other books I have, at other times so that I can show-off my literary chops and can look down at anyone that doesn’t have the books I don’t read; sometimes just because, well, they are books, and it’s what you’re supposed to do. Buy ’em.

Now that this is out in the open, how do you guys deal with unread books? Do you *shudders* cut yourselves off? Do you have give yourself a stern telling-off and promise to do better next time? Join bookaholics-anonymous? Give them as presents to friends don’t read? Give them away to friends that do read? Make a fort of unread books and hide behind it?

I really want to know.