I’m guessing it’s no secret that I like books. A lot. In fact, I like books so much that I can’t resist buying one when the opportunity arises. Fifty cents at a yard sale? Buy it! Three dollars at a closing Borders? Why not? However, this brings more problems than it might seem.
You see, when I buy a book that looks really good, I’ll put down the one I’m currently reading in order to read the new one RIGHT THAT MINUTE. You can plainly see how that works, readers, because I usually have AT LEAST two books named that I’m currently reading in the sidebar of this blog.
I haven’t read Omnitopia Dawn in months.
Readers, this is bad. I love books, but I basically have the literary attention span of a squirrel. I can’t stay on one book long enough to finish it as long as there’s a SHINIER, NEWER, COOLER BOOK out there for me to get my hands on. When I started reading Divergent? EVERYTHING ELSE WAS DROPPED. But, come on. It was Divergent!
My reasoning is that the book I was reading is good, but it’ll still be there later on, and it won’t kill me to read this new thing. But, then again, the new thing will still be there, too.
I didn’t say my reasoning was logical.
Most of the time this happens with a long-anticipated sequel, which is forgivable, I suppose. But the really bad part about all this is when the books I haven’t read start to pile up. I start to forget about them completely as they collect dust on my shelf. Today I wondered what they would look like all together in a pile, as a visual reminder of my laziness. And so we come to this:
That’s twelve books, ladies and gentlereaders. If you count the Stieg Larsson series as three separate books. But I did get those all together for one price at a yard sale.
Some of these I knew I would read “eventually.” Some I started to read but put down because it wasn’t for me (I know, I know. I’m ashamed). But this has become a real problem.
So “eventually” starts now.
No longer will these books hide in my bookshelf! No longer will they be ignored! From this moment forward, this unseemly stack will remain in plain sight as a reminder that I MUST READ THESE BOOKS! The conquest starts today!
…Or as soon as I finish Lord of the Rings. Because those are from my school library. And I’m already halfway through.
Which reminds me. I should probably finish The Two Towers today.
P.S. Bonus points go to whoever can tell me what movie the title of this post is from!