Thursday, July 09, 2009

Booking Through Thursday: Curse of the Unread?

This week's Booking Through Thursday topic comes from The Toddled Dredge (via K for Kat), and it's about that ever-expanding To-Be-Read list:
So here today I present to you an Unread Books Challenge. Give me the list or take a picture of all the books you have stacked on your bedside table, hidden under the bed or standing in your shelf – the books you have not read, but keep meaning to. The books that begin to weigh on your mind. The books that make you cover your ears in conversation and say, 'No! Don’t give me another book to read! I can’t finish the ones I have!'
Gosh, what a request! List or show a photo of "the books you have not read, but keep meaning to." Such an innocent-sounding request, too.

But since I "keep meaning to" read just about every book ever written, that would take in an awful lot of books! OK, that's an exaggeration. But just in my own home library, there are hundreds of books I haven't read, but would like to get around to reading someday. And I have an actual physical TBR list that has now expanded to two volumes of spiral-bound 3-subject-size notebook space. You guys don't really want to wade through that, and I'm not going to spend the day photographing all those tomes.

And none of these books weigh on my mind. I love adding books to my list. Even though I know it would take me two or three lifetimes to read them all, I have no qualms whatsoever about throwing one more book onto the must-read pile. You'll never catch me saying anything like "Don't give me another book to read!" My sentiment would more likely be "I can't finish the ones I have! What the hell – bring on a few more new ones!"

However, in the spirit of playing along, here's a photo of me with a few of those books – some I've read, and others I haven't yet but fully intend to read someday. Yes, I know it's blurry. I think that has something to do with the wine my hubby was drinking when he snapped it. Yes, I know the place is a mess, but it was taken on a Sunday and we have a "day of rest" policy at our place on Sundays (guess you could say I'm religious about my relaxation).


  1. The only ones that weigh on my mind at all are the ones I know I'll love, but just never seem to get around to. those are the ones that call to me from the shelves when I pass by.

  2. I am with you..

    Enough books? Never? Guilt about books? No way!

    Here is my BTT post!

  3. What a beautiful library you have! I could spend hours in there. You will never hear me say, "I have nothing to read" and it looks as though you are the same way. Happy BTT!

  4. I've been enjoying seeing everyone's books today! Your house doesn't look a mess!

  5. I love your library. It looks very comfortable. I would love to have such a place to sit around and read and relax. My BTT is here.

  6. I don't see a mess!

  7. I agree with everything you said except -- that your house is a mess. What mess? I don't see a mess. However, ML should do his photography before he has his evening vino.

  8. I'm the same way - I never think I have too many books. LOL

  9. Lovely stacks of books all neatly arranged. (sigh) I miss my books.


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