The Sunday Salon: Summer Book Buying Hiatus

by Kim on June 17, 2012 · 45 comments

The Sunday I am officially out of bookshelf space in my house.

I knew I was reaching my limit before I headed to Book Expo America, but it wasn’t until I got back and started trying to find space for all of the books that I realized just how crammed everything is. Every shelf is totally full and most have books stacked on top and in front. There’s just no more room.

The interesting thing about all of the books I do have is that most of them are books I haven’t read. I’ve gotten pretty good at culling through the books I’ve finished and only saving the ones I love. It’s the unread books (most of which I’ve purchased myself) that are taking over.

After some thought, I’ve decided to embark on a quest that has been in the back of my mind for several months: I’m not going to buy any more new books until the official end of summer, September 21.

There will be one exception to this rule —  if I’m visiting a town with a bookstore, I’m allowed to buy a book; if it’s an independent bookstore, I can buy two books! Since I live in a town without a bookstore, I feel like this is a valid exception.

We’ll see how this goes. I hope I can do it, and I hope it helps me make a dent in the shelves and shelves of unread books I have so I can start to feel a little more in control of my books. Anyone want to join me?

In other news, I’ve been really exhausted all week — an extended BEA hangover coupled with a busy week at work, I suspect — which means I haven’t gotten as much writing done as I might like. I managed to write four reviews yesterday (well, technically one full review and three mini-reviews, but whatever) and I’m hoping to finish at least a few more later today. I also got about half-way through my overall BEA recap post, so expect that this week.

I have been doing a fair amount of reading this week though. I finished two books — Midnight in Peking by Paul French and Fooling Houdini by Alex Stone. According to Goodreads, I’ve now read 57 books this year, which is, frankly, insane. I don’t know how I’m reading so much, but I guess I’ll take it.

For now though, before I jump into writing and formatting more reviews, I’m going to get back into Full Body Burden: Growing Up in the Nuclear Shadow of Rocky Flats by Kristin Iverson, which is an awesome and infuriating look at life near a secret government nuclear facility. I’ve also been listening to Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson, which is vulgar and funny and makes me (sort of) want to do chores so I have an excuse to listen to it more.

Happy Sunday, everyone!

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