Alright maybe he won’t kill me, but he’ll definitely give me the stink eye if he ever gets a peek at my GoodReads account. He’s really not the killing type, lucky for me, but he has his limits.
After finally committing to taming my GoodReads account, I was shocked at how many books I own, that I have never read. I knew I had a few laying around here and there but after adding my unread e-books to my “own-need-to-read” shelf I quickly came to the conclusion that I should NEVER tell my husband about GoodReads and you shouldn’t either. GoodReads does not exist okay?
I own 27 books that I have never read. 27. These are not cook books, unsolicited self help books, much needed weight loss books etc., although I do have a few those laying around too. No, I have 27 books of my chosen genres just waiting for my attention.
I had a little sit down with myself and tried to figure out how it happened and here are my three main excuses:
- Free e-books
- Retail Therapy
I am a book hoarder and I love free books and insane deals. I regularly search Amazon for free or drastically reduced Kindle reads. That’s how I discovered Lara Adrian’s Midnight Breed series and Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. SCORE!
I also love to sneak away by myself every now and then and visit
Utopia Barnes and Noble. Fresh new books from the Fantasy/Sci Fi section at B&N are like therapy for me. The atmosphere, the camaraderie of my fellow bookworms, hard covers, paperbacks, dust covers, discount tables, it all speaks to me.
And finally my most recent gold mine find: PaperBackSwap. I’m a hoarder and the concept of swapping makes me twitch just a little bit. But, after digging around some, I managed to come up with a few swappable books and began my journey into the world of swinging, bookworm style. I’ve had a great time swapping but I haven’t managed to keep up with the reading.
I’m guessing you expect me to pledge not to purchase or download a free book until I’ve tamed my unread pile right? That was my intention at first but I can’t commit. If I see deal, I’m getting it. If it’s free and I’m interested, I’m grabbing it. I can’t help it, I love my books. I need them and they need me and I’m okay with that. Just don’t tell my husband.
What about you? How does your “own-need-to-read” shelf look? Are you out of control or do you buy it and read it?
***EDITED TO ADD***
I browsed the book section at Target today and didn’t get anything. I think that deserves a reward don’t you? Perhaps a Kindle book or something? Sure it does.