This week's Weekly Geeks task asks us to think about the books we have sitting on our shelves, and don't get around to reading.
Instead of reading one of those we choose the latest, newest book we've bought. Sound familiar? What makes me do that? Is there a cure?
I think the answer is that unfortunately our favourite authors keep writing new books, and those dang publishers keep publishing them. In my case too, people keep contacting me about this or that new book to review. [don't stop though! I love getting them]
This week's Weekly Geek host, Tara, makes a lot of sensible suggestions about coping with the problem, but I'm afraid none of them really helps me.
I can't choose yet another challenge: it is challenges that are partly responsible for the problem. Over on Reactions to Reading, Bernadette blames some of the problem on "such worthy activities as the Global Reading Challenge and the CWA International Dagger Award Shortlist", and I think she's hit the nail on the head!
One of things that I have found is that the longer a book languishes on my shelves, the less attractive it seems to become. I was really pleased a week or two ago when I realised that both the books suggested for discussion for my next f2f (face 2 face) book group meeting were already on my shelves.
I've tried a few things that do work in some measure:
- I arrange books on shelves in the order in which I should read them - that doesn't stop the hand from picking the wrong one.
- I make lists - even visible ones like the Currently Reading block in the side bar of this blog - or sometimes just private ones, on the shelf.
- For some of the challenges I have joined I have considered the books on the shelves very carefully to see if any there fit what I need.
- I used to be able to take some of the books away with me when I have travelled - I've been known to pack 7 or 8 books for a week away from home - but that one doesn't work now when I have my Kindle which is an attractive weight saver.
- I've been borrowing fewer library books so I have more time to focus on the books I already have.
- I rarely visit a book store, but then when I do, it is like being at a luscious buffet, and my resistance is low!