The first step is admitting one has a problem.
I have a problem.
I am a book hoarder.
I buy books with the intention of reading them. But I have the bad habit of:
1.) Reading only half the book
2.) Skimming it for fun parts and pictures
3.) Looking something up quickly
4.) Saying, “Oh, I have that book,” casually in conversation, adding, “I haven’t had the chance to start it yet, is it any good?”
My weaknesses are thrift stores, yard sales, church bazaars, boxes of books left on the street corner marked FREE, used book stores, independent book stores, and of course, Amazon.com. I CANNOT pass up a book marked for less than a dollar. The collection I have amassed does not include library books, which thankfully, I am able to return (although not always on time) or schoolbooks that I have sold back (to buy more books).
I’ve decided to teach myself a lesson, and not buy or rent a single new book until I have read ALL of the books I own.*
This includes my husband’s books—even his sniper/wizard/Star Wars paperbacks. And children’s books, a collection I amassed for when my nieces visit.
The Bible. Grimm’s Complete Fairy Tales. How To Not Write A Screenplay. The Alcoholic In Your Life. White Teeth. Ojibwe Waasa Inabidaa. Develop Your Psychic Skills. English Grammar For Dummies. Mysteries of the Unknown: Mystic Places.
Yates. Hanna. Hemingway. A.S Byatt. Russell. King. Palahniuk. Meloy. Fitzgerald. Frost.
And, oh god, the classics. Why did I ever buy the classics? What was I thinking?
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*Unless I have required reading.