Welcome to the start of a year of actually reading my own books
I have an extensive hard copy and kindle electronic copy library. I have a serious book-buying habit from which I want to take a break. I turned 50 this year which is making me think a lot about how I want to spend the rest of my life (and I really like this).
Therefore, I am starting a year of focusing on reading (nearly) only the books I already own.
I’m giving myself a bit of an out – I can buy or borrow just 20 electronic or hard copy (non-work-related) books over the next year… but I have to report them in my blog. I’m counting free public domain books toward this total.
So, this is day one.
What am I reading right now? Henning Mankell’s Sidetracked (I’m on a Scandinavian mystery series tear like half the world) and Chris Bach’s Comprehensive Reference book 2nd Edition (dog obedience training-related – this is my current hobby).
What do I plan to read?
In addition to the above genres, I like dog-related memoirs (unless narrated by the dog – I just can’t wrap my head around that), good contemporary fiction by women (Alice Munro and Sue Miller are favorites), and classics – especially Russians (Chekhov, Tolstoy, Turgenev, Dostoyevsky), Willa Cather and Elizabeth Bowen. On my bucket list is reading a lot of classic authors – and reading them well.
I’m excellent at buying books, not so good at getting myself to read them at the speed that I acquire them. I figured I’d be much more motivated to focus on reading my library, instead of adding to it, if I blogged about it for a year.
I expect my first blog entries will focus a lot on what I plan to read – perhaps focusing on specific authors and genres.
So, here I go…
Throughout, I’ll use K for my kindle copies and HC for hard (paperback or hardback) copies. I probably own a couple thousand hard copy books and I have around 500 books on my kindle – most public domain or other free books. As I write posts about my plans and about what I’m reading, I will number the books I plan to read consecutively according to when they are mentioned in this blog. Ultimately, I’d like to have a reading list to which I attempt to stick. I think it will be helpful to see how long it is 🙂 (or maybe not!).
Yes, I love independent bookstores and yes, I recognize that a kindle (or nook) leads one to mostly buy from one very large bookseller/seller of nearly everything under the universe who shall remain nameless. I’m torn about this, but, as a lifelong book fiend, the experience and convenience of a kindle is fantastic, and there is no going back. At a later date I may talk more about having a kindle, but I definitely am not interested in turning this blog (and comments) into an ereader versus hard copy debate.
Thoughtful, well-mannered comments are highly welcome. Maybe some of you book stash-builders will also get inspired to read your libraries and talk about what you are reading in your comments or own blogs…
Happy Reading! Ruby