Monday, August 23, 2010

So Many Books

I have spent the weekend pulling every book off every shelf. I organized them Fiction and Nonfiction. I set aside books on Library and Organization, Computers and Tech, Mythology and Fairy Tales, Occult, History, Grammar, Humor, Culture and Character References, Gardening, Kids Craft and Gardening and managed to find 150 books I didn't need, though that left me with 185 I can't convince myself to part with.


That's still a lot of books.

I had 220 fiction books. And because I loan out books I love and pass on books I only enjoy but do not love (or feel I need for reviewing when the next in the series comes out), there were only 60 that I'd read. That I was keeping because I knew I wanted to keep. Luckily, even with my odd impulsive collecting I only had three duplicates. Hooray for that!

I have 131 books in my to-be-read pile. Not any rational persons researched and carefully chosen to-be-read pile, but a wide-ranging collection from The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse from 1961 by Ibanez and some Astounding Science Fiction magazines from 1952 to A Whole Nother Story by Dr. Cuthbert Soup.

I've decided to go through them like agents (supposedly, from what I hear) go through queries. I'm going to read the first chapter or the first three. If I really want to read more, it will go back on the shelf for after I've gone through the stack. My goal is to take notes. Not with names and titles, but how many I manage to get through; how many I plan on going back and finishing and how many go into the go away pile after the beginning fails to catch me.

If I manage to do it, I think the numbers will be interesting. The biggest issue will probably be me falling so completely into a story I've finished it before I remember I'm supposed to keep going through the stack instead of the individual book. (Oh, and getting any writing or writing planning done while I obsess over this.) Oh, also, not collecting any new books either, until I am finished.

We'll see.

1 comment:

  1. I don't loan out my books anymore ever since a few didn't come back. Now, when people ask, I just say no and point them toward the library.