So Many Books.

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The picture below is of my cozy corner where I read. You can see the backlog of books that I have to read. One more is on its way and my kindle has twenty more to be read.
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My problem is that I keep getting leads to good books and when I come across such a lead or a good review, I immediately send for the book. The same thing happens to my collection of DVDs. I have some thirty films to catch up on!

I am at my wits end to come to grips with the backlog. I have made a new year resolution not to buy a new book or a new DVD till I clear both the backlogs. I intend to stick to that. Any other suggestion/s?

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41 Responses to So Many Books.

  1. I got nothin’. (DISCLAIMER: I’m a writer. The words ” I keep getting leads to good books and when I come across such a lead or a good review, I immediately send for the book.” are music to my ears! Why would I want to discourage that?)

    As for the films, we call it “binge watching.” Just queue ’em up and go for it on a quiet weekend.
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  2. Looney says:

    There are a couple obvious solutions. Traditionally a bonfire has been used at times to reduce the backlog, although I am not aware of this method being used except to reduce someone else’s reading list. Given your single situation, you could also hire an attractive woman to read the books to you. From my experience, the most painful method is to not put every good book and DVD onto my reading list, but to engage in some sort of brutally extreme form of triage. i.e. I am only going to add in every third good recommendation.
    Looney recently posted..Je ne suis pas Charlie

    • Don’t be surprised if one of these days, I do resort to a bonfire. An attractive woman sounds even better but my attention will not be on the content of the books!

  3. Grannymar says:

    Make two lists, one for books and the other for DVDs. Then go on a diet, it is as simple as that. if you were on a food diet, you would restrict your food intake. In this context realise that the world will not end if you do not read every book written, or every DVD made. Make a resolution not to be so compulsive. You did ask!
    Grannymar recently posted..Sunday One liners ~ 63

  4. tammy j says:

    i used to think because i started any book i had to FINISH it!
    i don’t know why i thought that but i did.
    now i know by the first two chapters usually if i want to read the entire book. sometimes it’s a book i just like to ‘pick and choose’ the chapters that particularly whet my interest. the author of said book would probably be having a stroke knowing his ‘flow’ was read that way.
    but at least i come away with the gist of the book rather than not having read it at all.
    then . . . those that i love and can’t stop reading . . . well . . i just read!
    as to dvd’s.
    even minimalist that i am i have a hefty collection. i watch them intermittently and will keep them. but i’ve long since quit buying them!
    i have absolutely no good advice for you! 🙂
    tammy j recently our blood

  5. Ursula says:

    Oh, Ramana, I thought better of you.

    Your reading is becoming a chore rather than a pleasure. Listen to yourself: ” … have to”. Someone holding a gun to your head? You mention “backlog”. A backlog is having to fell long overdue trees to then chop them into neat fire logs. That’s backlog. Not least when someone is standing over you with an axe.

    You sound like a man who is in fear of missing out on something. You aren’t. So much in life is just self imposed crap.

    Anyway, on a practical note and to lessen your anxiety over all you haven’t read yet: Put that mountain of books in your cozy corner somewhere else, out of sight. Put only the one, two or three you are currently reading on the side table. You’ll feel immediate relief. By way of comparison: If someone piles tons of food on my plate I feel full, nauseous and vaguely sick before I’ve even lifted my fork.

    And leave all those “self help books” where they belong (this goes for Jean too). On the shelf (not yours, the bookshop’s). Either you’ve got the gist of life by now or you never will. And remember: I am younger than you. As an aside: One of the reasons I like Grannymar (and BHB is of a similar ilk though the two of them don’t know it) is that she has a no nonsense approach to life. So lighten the load, don’t take more on board, allow yourself the luxury of letting thoughts and dreams wonder aimlessly, smell the roses and don’t fret over unread books and unwatched DVDs.

    End of sermon.

    Ursula recently posted..Down under

  6. bikehikebabe says:

    LISTEN TO BOOKS ON YOUR IPAD—— while doing active things along with Grannymar’s hint/suggestion of a diet. SORRY. Kill a lot of birds with one stone. Shouldn’t be hard since you don’t eat animal fat–a real killer.

  7. I don’t buy nearly as many books as I used to, and I’m with tammy, if a book doesn’t grab your attention, give it away so it’s not nagging at you and it might find a more appreciative audience. It’s easy for me to say, because the library and Friends of the Library bookstore is an easy walk. I might give it more than one chance before passing it on, though. It might grab me when I’m in a different mood.

    What about the reviews make you want to buy a book?
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  8. nick says:

    I never have more than three or four books waiting to be read. I simply don’t buy any more books than I can get through in a few weeks. If I see a book review that impresses me, I put it on my “to buy” list and wait till I’ve got through my existing pile. Such self-discipline, huh?
    nick recently posted..Come flirt with me

  9. Ursula says:

    I don’t “assume” anything, Jean. I can only go by what correspondents tell me – and your posts are spiked with others’ quotes. It gets a little tiresome occasionally because I’d far rather hear what you – the writer of your post – has to say than being reminded of yet another often worn out phrase when you yourself should have the confidence to put your thoughts and feeling in your own words.

    Not, of course, that I am not in the grip of one or the other clever – now so quotable – saying myself. Give me Oscar Wilde any time. Not least the one about the gutter and the stars. On the whole I do believe it lazy to use a quote like a clothes hanger to drape one’s own offerings round it. To put it another way: Quotes should be used judiciously. They are not props. They should stand on their own. As should anyone. Without a crutch.

    Ursula recently posted..Down under

    • bikehikebabe says:

      I’d like the original Jean too. I’ve already read or heard the ‘quotes’ on the News.

      • BHB,
        Had you already read the bit about the possible testing of the Ebola vaccine? I thought that was interesting and perhaps not well-known. I prefer to give readers enough information about an article to decide whether they want to read the whole thing. That approach works better for me than simply a link to an article saying, “read this, it’s interesting”
        Cheerful Monk recently posted..An Interesting Problem

    • Too bad. Tomorrow’s post starts with a long quote and a question. And a comment about how I applied it this weekend. Not to mention the drawing that represents a big part of me. 🙂
      Cheerful Monk recently posted..An Interesting Problem

      • bikehikebabe says:

        I love your drawings. Big Kudos for those.

        • One of the great joys of blogging is we can write about anything that catches our fancy. We don’t have to worry about boring people because they don’t have to read any post that doesn’t interest them. Mostly my posts are an invitation to the readers to express their opinions. That’s a different style than having them be all about me. If people want to know more, they can always ask questions — like your recent comment about the depth of the window sills. Could that plant really fit on that sill?
          Cheerful Monk recently posted..An Interesting Problem

  10. I have lots of books around I’d like to read, but don’t feel bad if I can’t. I also don’t finish a book if it doesn’t grab me. I love to read but there is so much more also love to do to occupy my time.
    Secret Agent Woman recently posted..At the Duck Pond

  11. Cathy in NZ says:

    Although you are not of the female gender, I have a friend who gets all her books on a “listening device” (my terminology brain is gone for today – my neighbour is still outdoors with his family having a shouting sort of evening – it’s nearly 11pm!) – sorry where was I 🙂

    My friend listens to books whilst she does household chores after work – it takes her mind of the chores and gives her some entertainment of reading

    I don’t buy many books but I order them from the library service and sometimes I have far to many…I might read a few chapters and then return them
    Cathy in NZ recently posted..Work in Progress: Hearts!

  12. bikehikebabe says:

    Ramana, My husband can’t multi task either. It’s a Man thing. it’s ingrained in women.– Hang the clothes, see if yogurt is actually yoging, rinse the sprouts, get that phone, turn off the stove, gather the kids for grocery shopping etc.

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