When you buy many books eventually you realise that you don’t have time to read them all. That’s life. Pure and simple. Unfortunately, we have not yet been genetically enhanced to process information like computers and most mortals still have to get out of their reading nooks and go to work, or any other tasks related to duties and responsibilities in the real world.
A couple of months ago I looked at the immense amount of books I have accumulated since the beginning of the year and I started to freak out. I have no idea where I will find the time to read all the books I have in my “waiting-on-the-shelf” list, aka TBR pile, and all the books from my wishlist that I just keep buying. *In case you don’t know, I’m a slow reader and a fast buyer.*
At this pace, I’ll still have half of these books to read after my retirement! When someone judges me for buying more books that I can handle, I always say that buying too many books is never illogical behavior. In fact, it is an investment on cultural activities to do after retirement. Can you imagine? You are that old lady in the neighborhood with tons of books. You’re hosting the weekly book club and introducing your granddaughter to the classics, the medieval fantasy epics and the steamy heroes you’ve read on your favourite chick-lit novels. Seeing her fall in love with Mr. Darcy and fangirl over the Bridgertons, (historical romance is one of my secret guilty pleasures, particularly Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series, one day I’ll tell you all about it). Nevertheless, people with self-control still have a point. I bought those books because I really wanted to read them. Still want to! *I’m also one of those readers that plans every purchase very carefully and thinks a trillion times before deciding to go for that particular book. With exceptional bookaholic relapses, when I just bring home a bunch of random bookish acquaintances I’ve made in the next door charity shop* But in this pace I’ll never do it.
Luckily, I’m not alone in this. In discussing this realisation with my book geek friends we all decided to make some efforts to read more books and set up a monthly goal. Therefore, I now have a minimum goal of reading at least 5 books each month since July. I know that it might sound like it’s a ridiculously small amount of books to be proud of, but that was my “best score” all year! I’m all fireworks right now! I see hope for me and for the books waiting in my shelf for a turn.
So, I’ll also start sharing with you guys a pic of the books I’m reading each month and I urge you to give me suggestions, share opinions in case you’ve read the books already, whatever you feel like. I know this is not a new thing in the book blog world. If I’m not mistaken, Booksessed started a meme like this some time ago, so you should check out her blog for guidance. The point of this huge post is…well, there isn’t really a point here. I’m just ranting and sharing with you my concerns about my enormous TBR pile and my annoyingly slo
w reading pace. When the wise man says that there’s “so many books, so little time” he just nailed it. That’s a universal too that every passionate reader knows deep in his/her heart.
Anyway, enough talking. Thank you for enduring it bravely! Here are my August TBR books 🙂 I’ve already finished Before I Go To Sleep, by S. J. Watson and I’ll post the review during the weekend. The others you can see in the photo in the beginning of this post and learn more about them at Goodreads:
The Woman in Black, by Susan Hill
Archangel’s Consort, by Nalini Singh (public library)
Before I Fall, by Lauren Oliver (public library)
The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
The Metamorphosis, by Franz Kafka (in portuguese)