Sunday, November 11, 2012

In Which I Have a Backlog of Books to Read

I'm a collector of books. A connoisseur, as well. But mostly just a collector. I grab books from bookstores, book sales, libraries...basically wherever I can find them. And then they sit around while I read other books that I've found. If my books were children, CPS would have come after me for neglect a long time ago.

Which is why I'm making a promise. I will acquire exactly zero new books until I have read the following:

-The 20(!) books that I recently bought at a library sale
-You by Charles Benoit
-No Impact Man by Colin Beavan
-The Iron Heel by Jack London
-In the Country of Last Things by Paul Auster
-We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
-The Occupy Handbook edited by Janet Byrne
-They Eat Puppies, Don't They? by Christopher Buckley
-The Natural Navigator: A Watchful Explorer's Guide to a Nearly Forgotten Skill by Tristan Gooley
-Rich, Free, and Miserable: The Failure of Success in America by John Brueggemann

Plus I have several e-books that I need to read and review for authors who are patiently awaiting said review.

This moratorium on acquiring new books does not extend to books that people send me for review, so feel free to contact me if you're interested in having me read something. You can find my review policy here.



  1. Good luck with that...I just can't do it to myself!

    1. We just got some donations in today at the library that are designated to go on our Take a Book, Leave a Book shelf and when I saw all the good stuff that was in there I couldn't help but mentally pick out a few that I want to grab. I'll leave them here at the library in my desk though. That way they can wait until after I've finished with the ones on this list.

      Moral of the story: I'm so weak.

  2. Wow! you do have quite a list =) Don't feel bad, my goodreads list is comparable. Good luck with them.

    1. That's actually a good idea. I should be a to-read list on Goodreads so that they'll all be there, staring at me, telling me to read them. You're a genius. :)

  3. I'm basically doing the same thing right now. NO NEW BOOKS! No library requests! I'm going to get through my tbr piles if it kills me.

    I've seen a few bloggers talking about upcoming clear the stacks sort of challenges for January but I'm hoping to be free and clear of the piles by then :)

    1. You and I both. If I still have a huge stack of books to read when January rolls around, I'll be sad. LOL

  4. Don't feel too stressed Gabriel - I've got a backlog of well over 600, but I still keep getting others from the library. What's this terrible addiction??