Thursday, May 14, 2009

Booking Through Thursday - Gluttony

Mariel suggested this week’s question:
Book Gluttony! Are your eyes bigger than your book belly? Do you have a habit of buying up books far quicker than you could possibly read them? Have you had to curb your book buying habits until you can catch up with yourself? Or are you a controlled buyer, only purchasing books when you have run out of things to read?

My response:
My name is JoAnn.....and I am a book glutton. There, I've admitted it! I buy books faster than I can possibly read them, but I am getting better.

The stack on the left are books I've bought in the past couple months and am either reading now, or plan to start soon. There are others that I've recently purchased and read, but far more that have been purchased long ago and remain unread on the shelf. Taking a picture of all those books would depress me, so I'll skip it.

My book buying has slowed considerably in the past year. First, I'm using the library much more, and second, I try to buy a book ONLY if I'm going to start reading it within the next few days.
While this has helped, I really need to dedicate a year to reading books I already own. Nan at Letters From a Hill Farm is not buying or borrowing books this year. She has recently posted a progress report on her project. I don't have the will power to carry it that far, but I can at least strive to curb the purchasing and read from my stacks.

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  1. I was very impressed with the size of your stack, until I realised that you haven't included them all! I wish I could have more control over the size of my TBR pile sometimes, but it is getting more out of control every day.

  2. Wish I had the self-discipline to go a whole year without buying or borrowing any books. But I know that's not likely to happen unless someone organizes an intervention for me!

  3. I am in awe of Nan! I'm with you. I need to read more of what I own and make some room. They've begun to stack up in inconvenient places!


  4. Nan is doing great! She ought to be our inspiration.

    Book gluttons, are we?

  5. I'm with you on the library. I've started utilizing my library so much more and not I only buy a book if I really want it. My TBR stack is still huge though!

  6. I stopped buying books. Our place is too small and we need more book shelves. I get my books from the library.

  7. You've got a couple of 'meaty' ones in that pile . Happy BTT

  8. Proud to be one, but I try not to buy. I grab the ones that I'm most desperate to read and leave the rest on a list.

    Hope you enjoy The Secret Scripture! :)

  9. Jackie - Sorry to fake you out ;-)

    Joy - I know I couldn't do that!

    Lezlie - I agree, Nan is amazing! Last night my husband and I were talking about building more shelves.

    Guatami - Nan is an inspiration, for sure.

  10. Holly - Even though I'm using the library more, that stack still keeps growing.

    Linda - Good for you!!

    Zetor - Those huge books are my two most recent purchases.

    Matt - I'm looking forward to The Secret's up next.

  11. Nan is my new role model, but I know I would have severe withdrawal/depression if I followed her lead. Joanne, I am glad I made u feel better about you book gluttony :)

  12. wow...those are some stacks there.

    You have tremendous self control.

  13. Lovely stack of books! I loved The Secret Scripture - hope you enjoy it, too.

  14. Thanks for visiting my blog! I have started using my local library more too, you get to come home with a big pile of books and it's free!

  15. Ex Libris - Thanks, The Secret Scripture is up next!

    Dot - I love my library...and free is the best part!


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