As I contemplate my interior world, the books that languish unread atop my bookcase (above – 18 total!) and my coffee table trunk (below) are a constant reminder of things to do. The coffee table books include review books on the right (five)…and on the left are “up next” reads (six)…after the review books. Of course, the “up next” books could change if the mood strikes, and I could go directly to the collection atop the bookcase, where some very tempting titles reside.
In an effort to organize my interiors more fully, I actually purged my stacks of books, sweeping away those tomes that I had not received for review; and books that, for whatever reason, I would never read. I do have to be realistic!
Just as I organized those e-books a while ago, I knew it was time to attack the physical ones. Yes, alas, attack. Why was I holding onto books that had no chance of being read? So off they went to the box in the garage. They will find new homes when the next library collection drive hits this neighborhood.
All of this is a reminder that, in my obsession to acquire books, I need to think. Pause. Contemplate and weigh what I truly love in a book against the urge to simply have a book others have loved.
Do you struggle with your impulse buying of books? Does your desire to have a lovely looking tome mean that you will someday have to purge it from your shelves and admit that you made a wrong choice…for you?
Sometimes I simply add those books that are “not for me” to another shelf, my book nook, where I offer them up in the occasional giveaway. Those stacks also include books I have read and reviewed. But those books do not fly out fast enough. They end up looking like this:
To be fair, only the top two rows of books on this shelf (on the left) are the giveaways. Below are my regular shelves of books I have read, and on the right side are my autographed books. Not as dire as it might seem at first glance.
So now I’m off to read some more of those books…sitting in the space (above), while the last cool breeze of morning filters through the open patio door.
I’m reading this book that has already engaged me: The Stories We Tell, by Patti Callahan Henry.
How is your Hump Day unfolding? Great books? Plans? And how do you organize your bookish world?