In which I announce a goal …

… one which I’m never, EVER gonna pull off.

My unread shelf has been out of control for months (pictured: not my unread shelf) and I have noticed I’ve begun stress-buying things lately; witness my investment in AirPods yesterday and the obscene amount of money I’ve poured into dice in the last week. I have, even considering how fast I read and the fact that I’m not currently leaving the house, far more unread books than I really should have right now.

In the interests of keeping my bank account solvent and my shelves from collapsing, to say nothing of the health of the people working in Amazon’s warehouses, I have decided I’m going to do my damnedest to not order any more books until I have cleared my unread shelf. I do have one currently in transit that I pre-ordered months ago (Daniel M. Ford’s Cheap Heat, out this week and ordered by me in December) but I’m not ordering anything new until my resolve breaks or I clear the shelf. I think it will be the second time in my adult life I have managed to do such a thing.

How long until I break this resolution, do you think?


12:00 PM, Tuesday, April 28: 990,135 confirmed cases and 56,475 Americans dead.

8 thoughts on “In which I announce a goal …

  1. I’ve been doing the opposite, going through and selecting books to get rid of. I’ve cleared several shelves. The only problem right now is getting them out of the house. Half Price Books is closed.

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      1. I live in Texas, I don’t have a basement. Garage isn’t an option either, it already has 2 kayaks, a very large motorcycle, a small scooter, assorted thins to go with those and my Xterra.
        I know where there’s a couple of Little Free Libraries and I may go make a deposit.

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  2. Good luck. I’m actually developing a book-buying habit. The possibility of a world without Powell’s Books is not worth contemplating, and so I buy brand new releases at cover price, that in another age I would have borrowed from the library & picked up used later if I really liked them.
    (“The City We Became” is a particularly worthy investment – I’ll be reading that forever.)

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