In which I realise I might have a slight addiction…

Having had an uber productive day so far, I decided I would do a little blog updating and reflect on all book related tales of October. And this is when my addiction truly hit me! Now I know I have A LOT of books; having moved all of them from house to house over the past few years this is far from being news, but I think my book buying addiction might have got a tad out of hand over the past month. I am slightly OCD-ish about my books, and have a handy little list on my ipod of all the books I own, with tick boxes for when I have read them (yes, I am aware of how geeky this is, but I do love to tick boxes). According to this list I own 52 books that I have yet to read, and there are a further 15 on my Kindle…I’m no mathematician, but that’s nearly 70 books I haven’t read yet…some people don’t even own 7 books, let alone 70 they haven’t read!

October saw this staggering ‘to be read’ list grow even higher with many new book purchases. In the past month alone I have added:

The Winter of the World – Ken Follett (Haven’t read the first in the trilogy yet)

The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett

My Cousin Rachel – Daphne Du Maurier

Stardust – Neil Gaiman

Jane and Prudence – Barbara Pym

Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont – Elizabeth Taylor

to the Kindle, and:

Complete Short Stories – Elizabeth Taylor

Someone at a Distance – Dorothy Whipple

to the bookcase! This list doesn’t even include the pile of books I keep getting out from the library!

When will the madness end?!? So I have come to a resolution…by the end of March 2013 the number of books I own but have yet to read WILL/MUST be under 50! Sounds like a simple enough goal, but I know me, and as soon as I finish one book, another new one seems to take its place. Therefore I must rely on my self control (which has failed me on many ocassions in the past) and I will stick to this goal, especially as I have so many books I want to re-read as well! It is like a never ending circle of book buying bliss!

October Reading

On the plus side I have read a handful of books in the past month, most from the library, but still. I sped through two more in M.C.Beaton’s Agatha Raisin series, but I have opted not to blog about these when I read them, as I whizz through them in a day and I read them purely for a cosy crime thrill. I have read and blogged about:

The Strange Fate of Kitty Easton – Elizabeth Spiller (and even received a comment from the author!)

The Go-Between – L.P. Hartley

The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins

I have enjoyed all the novels I read in October, which is a great achievement, as there is nothing worse than perserving with a novel you despise. I have now moved on to Thomas Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge which I am loving, and it is will be a tick off the ridiculous ‘to be read’ list!

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5 thoughts on “In which I realise I might have a slight addiction…

  1. You think a ticklist is geeky? I have like 5 different spreadsheets all dedicated to books and reading on my laptop! :S
    I know what you mean though – I always end up buying 3 for 2 in Foyles. There is no way I can read as much as I buy so my TBR shelf is now full and I am sticking new books everywhere! Not good…but I don’t think I can stop!!

    1. I don’t think I would want to stop if I’m truly honest, but it might be time for a short hiatus so I don’t run out of space in the near future…obviously my Christmas list is full of books so in reality it will never work, but the thought is there at least

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