Guys…I have a problem. One that lurks in the darkness at the edges of my room. One that threatens to fill up all open space until I have to play that game where the ground is lava and I can only travel over the furniture just to get around. One that eats through my metaphorical wallet because I don’t carry cash and mostly shop online. This problem is…owning a shitton of unread books.
Most of my books are still boxed up at my family’s home (and there are a ton of unread ones in that stash too), but this came up in my mind because I was browsing the books I have in my apartment for something to read and I realized…more than half of what I have in my room is unread.
Just the thought of all those unopened books was overwhelming, especially considering I only managed to read four books in January. And it’s not that I don’t want to read them! Some of them are highly anticipated books that I was dying to pick up at the time. It reminded me a lot of how different things used to be in terms of buying habits. I would buy one or two books, read them, and then buy more only when I was finished. I think the only time I had a stack of unread books was if I went to the library and took out a bag full but didn’t get to all of them before it was time to return them.
I’ve been trying really hard to limit my book buying, but now I have so many favorite authors and ongoing series that I find myself justifying a ton of purchases only to have them sit in a stack in my room, unloved and lonely, crying out to be read while I simultaneously cry at my bank account balance. There’s a lot of crying going on apparently.
And the guilt! I mean, I bought all of these books, I should be reading them, right? But there just isn’t enough time. Thus we reach the age-old struggle of book nerds everywhere.
Let’s chat! Do you have a book-buying problem? A stack of unread books causing you to feel guilty? How do you deal?! Teach me your secrets.