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Resolution for 2015: No Buying Books

December 29, 2014

Idly pondering resolutions for the New Year, it occurs to me: I own a lot of books I haven’t read yet. Books I’ve been meaning to read. Books I’ve been meaning to review! This leaves me wondering how long I could last if I resolved not to buy books in 2015.

Here it is, after Christmas, and I’m settling back into my space after a restful week at home. Putting a few books I’d intended to read back onto my (admittedly crowded) bookshelves. Setting my Kindle and its complement of unread books back onto the nightstand.

Just off the top of my head, I know there are collections of books that have made their way through the door, interesting and often unanticipated, but, as yet, unread.

Books from a trip to Scotland I took in 2011.

Books from the Book Expo in 2013 and 2014

Books from Book Swaps of 2013 and 2014

Granted, I have been disciplined enough to realize that some of the books acquired above weren’t, realistically, going to get read, so out the door they went to book swaps and other potential readers. But, even so. A rough estimate puts the number of unread books I currently own at something like 80.  And that’s not counting the books that nice publishers and publicists mail me to review.

Now, in a busy year (grad school!) I average between 50 and 70 books. Grad school is over, the hunt for a library job is on. Something tells me that, between sending out cover letters and resumes, and tackling some other volunteer projects I’ve been saving for “when I have time,” I might get some reading done.

Will I be able to confine myself to books I own, review copies, and books from the library? Place your bets.




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