|Not mine, but you get the drift, who even has a book on shells?|
Before imposing an embargo adding more books to my library, I suppose I ought to examine why one might be necessary.
Well if I can reach the prescribed biblical age of three score years and ten, I have about 20-odd years reading ahead of me. If I can maintain my current reading pace over that period, say 140 books a year. Simplistically, I should be able to get through nearly 3000 more books in my lifetime. Chances are at some point I will slow down as my eye sight deteriorates, but conversely I may have more time if I ever retire, not that it’s on the cards anytime soon.
At a conservative estimate, I have maybe 2000-2500 books in various formats. Only recently have I started getting rid of books once I have read them. If I can organise and catalogue them at a rate of 50 a week, I could have a better understanding of whether I’m over-stocked by the middle of next year. Plus I could then be in a position of knowing whether or not I have a particular book and exactly where it is, if it’s the one I want to read next. My children have shown no inclination to share my passion for crime fiction, so I don’t really want them having to dispose of my old books once I have shuffled on. Amongst the books are many that I have already read.......eg....John Irving, Elmore Leonard, Andrew Vachss, but as I kept them before, they could withstand a re-read before I move them on.
Either way, I have enough books already stock-piled to satisfy my short, medium and long-term needs and it’s a bit daft buying anymore.
If people want to send me books and I think I would enjoy them, it would be churlish to decline. If family want to buy me a voucher for my newly received Kindle, I’m not going to turn it down. Similarly if there is something I like on Net Galley, I’m going to request it.
Rather than going totally cold turkey, I could allow myself 1 addition to the library for every 10 books read. Even this purchase, ought to have a modicum of logic applied to it though.
10 (PROVISIONAL) RULES ON A LIBRARY EMBARGO
1. Never buy a 3rd book by a virgin author that you have never read before.
2. Never buy another book by an author you have previously read, if you have 2 or more books by them unread on the shelves.
3. Never request a book on Net Galley if you have more than 1 unread title on your dashboard.
4. Don’t list your finished books on a swapping website, as you’re only fuelling the fire.
5. Avoid the library.
6. Don’t visit local charity shops, with their cheap pre-owned and tantalising books.
7. Avoid car boot sales.
8. Stop visiting Munsey’s.
9. Stay off Project Gutenberg.
10.Stop chatting up authors and publishers.
I could keep visiting blogs and websites and make a list of titles that pique my interest without actually pressing the instant gratification, purchase button.
Do these rules make sense? How many books are too many? How many do you have at home? Am I totally out of step with other readers and bloggers? Is my obsession/collection/passion par for the course or out of control?
I would like to get all my books catalogued, so at least I know what I have and where it is. I made a start yesterday – 77 books listed, labelled and boxed......McBain, McDonald x2, Macdonald, Meyer, Muller, Miller , Millar and McGown.........2423 to go. I’ve just got the monotonous task of entering them on a spreadsheet and probably adding them to my Goodreads page.
|77 down, 2400-odd to go! (I added to the box after taking the photo)|