I tend to hoard books. I don’t do it on purpose, but it happens. I see a book I want to read, and I get it. The past couple of years I have tried to rely more heavily on borrowing books from the library, though it’s more difficult where I live because the number of English books available are limited. It’s gotten better at my local library, but it’s still a limited number.
I tried to cut down on buying books for a few reasons, one of which was the fact that I was NOT reading very much and these books did nothing but exist in piles all over the house. Why buy a book and then not read it for a year, or longer? This just clutters everything up!
I have a lot of books, but few bookshelves.
This year I would like to focus on the books I own that still need to be read. With the exception of a handful of books I know I want to buy this year (not released yet), I am going to try my best to go through the books I own first. I may not even like some of them, so they will be crossed off quickly. Some may be my new favourite read! Who knows!? The possibilities are endless!
In fact, I finally got around to reading a book at the end of December that I bought in January 2017 -and loved it SO much, I bought the sequel on the last day of the year. The third book comes out at the beginning of April, so I know that’s on my Need To Buy list. I spent almost one year looking at that first book and wanting to read it, but not wanting to read it. Then I took a chance on it and loved it.
This year I will shop my own shelves. At the time of this blog post I currently have 52 books on my one bookcase waiting to be read. I am sure I have more around the house, but for the most part they are corralled here.
I have also started a sort of bullet/art journal this year. I will post about that later on this month. Of everything I added to this journal, I have been the most excited about my book tracking page. I keep track of titles and stuff over on Goodreads, or the 50 Book Pledge site, but this is something a little more fun. I will be colouring in one book for each one read. I am going to colour code by month. As you can see I have already completed 2 books this month. I drew this earlier in December and have been chomping at the bit to start colouring the books in. This page makes me so happy it’s not even funny. I don’t know how many books I’ll read this year, but I have 100 of them drawn on this page. We’ll see how that goes!
Mostly, I’m simply happy with finding reading enjoyable again. I hope that feeling sticks around.