Last week, I had carpet replaced in about half of my house. The good news: I didn’t have to move all of my books. But I did have to move quite a few books. I never really think about how many books I have until I move them somewhere, and then it suddenly becomes painfully obvious.
One of the shelves that got moved was my “to read” shelf–all the books that I’ve bought and never read. It didn’t seem like that many books until they were stacked vertically. I know it could be worse–heck, I have friends who have much bigger piles than I do. But in a way, it stresses me out.
And then I read this article, a review on NPR of Elizabeth’s German Garden. I bought this book years ago (maybe 10?) and have never cracked the cover. Of course, I must also confess that I only bought it because this book was one of L. M. Montgomery’s very favorite books and is where she borrowed that immortal phrase “kindred spirits.” I bought it as a curiousity, never thinking that it might actually be a book I enjoy. And based on this review, I think I might really like it. I started feeling really guilty about all the books in my house that were interesting enough to buy, but haven’t yet been read.
Over the last year or so, the vast majority of books I’ve read have come from the library. Which is a great and wonderful thing, and it’s not like I’m going to abandon the library. But I have decided this: as soon as I finish the two books that I currently have checked out, I’m going to only read books that presently reside in my house for one month. It’s a break from the library, as magical as it is.
And though I’m not one of those bloggers that inspires challenges and such, I do invite you to join me in a library break and tackle your own to-read stack. There’s no telling what we might discover on on our own shelves.
So, what should I read first?