I wrote a while ago that I’m aware that I’ve read less then I used to, and less than I might, and that I’ve been spending far too much time working on plans and lists, and hunting down books. I’m happy with the projects I have in place now, that I have the right balance of plans to give me direction and freedom to read what I want to read.
Now I need to address something more fundamental.
I live in a house full of books, many of them are unread, and the number unread – and the number of books I want to read again – is growing and growing.
That means I need a change in outlook.
I need to be more aware of the books that I have, the books that I do want to read, and be a little more patient when I find that there are more desirable books out there in the world.
I’m not going to give up new books, and I’m not going to read a book just because it’s here in the house, but I need to strike a better balance.
How do I do that?
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Well, I’m accepting the Double Dog Dare from James Reads Books
All you have to do to win the TBR Double Dog Dare is to read only from your TBR pile between January 1 and April 1. You can still buy books, you just can’t read them until the TBR Double Dog Dare is over. You can make exceptions ….
For three months I will read:
- Library books that were in the house on the first day of the new year.
- Books that I owned on that same day.
- Just the occasional review book, that I really want to read and will read straight away.
- Books that I’m hoping might arrive on my birthday.
I’m going to find giving up the library trickier than giving up book buying, but I have a plan. The man in the house has agreed to take books back so that I won’t be tempted to borrow more, and I can’t resist a visit I’ll borrow books that I own or books that I’ve already read, just to help their statistics and support the library.
I’m not sure that I can do this, but I have to try. I’m going to take it one month at a time and see what happens …..
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I’m making some specific plans for books on my shelves too.
Amanda at Simpler Pastimes has a Classics Children Literature Event next month.
The Young Pretenders by Edith Henrietta Fowler (1895)
The Children Who Lived in a Barn by Eleanor Graham (1938)
Mermaid House by Gwendoline Courtney (1953)
An Episode of Sparrows by Rumer Godden (1956)
Linnets and Valerians by Elizabeth Goudge (1964)
And there are one or two more events I have books ready for a little further ahead ….
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And I know that there are one or two other things I can do – I’m not going to talk about them now, they’ll happen as and when – to try to make sure that I’m choosing the best books to read from the ones on my shelves and the ones out there in the big wide world.
That’s all I want to do ….