So I absolutely love books. Love ’em! That’s why I genuinely enjoyed university, because I got to read books everyday for school! When I run into a used book store it’s the best smell ever. If I get given a book, it’s better than any other gift I get. Seriously, if I could buy every book that I’ve ever loved or have wanted to read I would. Probably the only reason I don’t is my student budget doesn’t really let me.
You always hear from people “You can never have to many books!” But is that true? I have recently started thinking that I am in book overload.
You see, every time I go to the library, I get more books. It’s one of those situations where I return one and get out three. I always end up coming home with more books than I intended to sign out. These books keep piling up on my night stand for me to read.
In addition, of course, I keep getting books given to me (not that I’m complaining!) But somehow I always put these books on the back burner – after all, library books have a due date, and books I own don’t. I have all the time in the world to read those! And this is how I have a bookshelf full of books that I have owned for years and never read. An entire bookshelf. Every time I look at it I think “I totally want to read those!” and then I walk to the library. Oops…
And now I have Kindle for PC on my laptop. Of course, I still don’t want to spend money on e-books (one because of budget, two because I’d rather own a paper copy). But of course, you can sort search results by price. Do you know how many free books there are available? SO MANY. And do you know how easy it is to click that download button? (Click! Click! Click!)
Last week I got an easy 25 books onto my computer in a matter of minutes before I realized what I had been doing. I then had a very serious moment of wandering through my apartment and looking at all the books on my shelves, on my night stand, and realizing how much reading I have to do! This is when the slight panic mode started: BOOK OVERLOAD.
So. While I’m all for the sentiment that we can never have too many books, I have realized that I also need to pace myself. I only have 2 books out from the library, and I will try my hardest to not sign out any for the next few weeks – I want to see what treasures my bookshelf and computer have on them first! It’s actually an exciting feeling to be able to read the books that have sat looking so pretty on my shelf for so long – now I can discover what’s inside!