I must start this post by stating what has now become clear to me – I have a problem. Okay, “a problem” may be unnecessarily harsh so let’s rephrase – I have a need to address what is potentially becoming a very serious issue. In my home office I have one, floor to ceiling, wall of bookshelves that currently boast only one empty shelf. As a self-proclaimed bibliophile one would think I would be ecstatic over this great accomplishment but upon closer inspection of my books I must regretfully admit defeat.
You see, dear readers, there are very few things in life I enjoy more than visiting a book store and walking out with an armful of rare jewels that soon after take up coveted space on my shelves. However due to this longing, I now find myself in a precarious situation of overwhelming proportions. Although I admit I do not have a good grasp of the amount of books currently on my shelves, I did recently begin to notice there are a large number of books I have never read.
How can this be? I am an avid reader who does not leave the house with at least one novel packed away in my purse. This must be a mistake, or a slight oversight I told myself as I began to pull every book off my shelves that I could not recall reading, and as the pile began to overwhelm my desk I realized this was no oversight. After some much needed book skimming to determine if I had indeed read a number of popular romance novels that share similar covers, and titles, I counted the number of unread books and came up with a staggering number – 103. That’s right; I own 103 books that I have never read. Never opened the front cover, never creased the spin, and never dog-eared a page.
So yes, I have a problem.
And it was at that moment of clarity I made a very important, and perhaps impulsive, vow to not purchase another book until I had read every unread book in my office. Granted, I did not fully grasp the fallout as a result of this vow until I received notification from Amazon of a pre-order option for the upcoming Jonathan Maberry book, but if there is one thing my family and friends know about me other than I am an introverted cat-lady and book lover, it is my eccentric and often times frustrating ability to be stubborn. So, against all odds I promise to uphold this vow to read all unread books in my office, or fear punishment of death, which to me is perhaps less painful than the inability to purchase new books.
Wish me luck…