November Book Haul

This is going to be a rambly essay-length description, go get some tea before you start. I was watching a video by Raeleen (padfootandprongs07) about book buying and guilt which you should totally watch because it’s great, and I started to feel quite guilty about this video. I buy a lot of books that I do want to read, but often it’s a ‘some day’ and not a ‘right now’ thing, and that sucks. Then they’re just there growing dust, and that sucks.

There was a lot of that this month because of all the CHEAP DEALS but, do I really want to read 3 Edith Wharton novels? Nope. And I want to read The Miniaturist, for sure, but will I get around to it soon? I don’t know, I’d like to, but like Raeleen says it’s so much nicer buying something you’re excited for and getting started on it straight away. Guilt, what a bitch.

So I decided to do something about it, and not a purge because the idea of giving away things that I’ve paid for without getting any value from them makes me feel even more guilty because I probably couldn’t afford them in the first place. Instead I reordered my bookshelves (practically a weekly ritual) into #1 things I’ve read #2 things I want to read next and #3 things I want to read eventually (I don’t think I have anything which doesn’t fit into these three categories, which is good). If I keep #2 under, say, 20 books, when I buy books they go on that shelf (which will hopefully pull my book-buying down a little and make me more aware of what I do buy) and then over time I’ll transfer things from shelf #3 to shelf #2 when I’m really up for reading them, thereby slowly reducing the size of shelf #3. The idea is to not add to shelf #3 because that’s the thing that’s making me feel guilty in the first place. Sense? Sense.

  1. Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut

  2. Everything by Ernest Hemingway

  3. A Few Things by Edith Wharton

  4. Penguin Great Foods

  5. Great Ideas

  6. The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

  7. The Novel Cure by Susan Elderkin and Ella Berthoud

  8. On Friendship by Michel de Montaigne

  9. Making a fool of myself