Reviews by and conversations with fellow bibliophiles have introduced me to numerous books I wouldn’t have been aware of otherwise. Except for finding out an author is a bigot or another reason where I cannot abide by them, it’s rare that a review will change my mind about reading a book or not. I’m more likely to listen to those whose tastes I know well and who know mine. I may like it for reasons someone didn’t and vice versa. Bookworms inside and outside the blogosphere are a large part of the reason my Dread Pile o’Reads is over a hundred books and growing almost weekly. What can I say but they read some really good, fascinating books that pique my interest.
I love having and growing my personal library, but books are in double rows and I don’t have room for another bookshelf in my apartment. I may not be able to read as fast as the Dread Pile grows, but I have been reading the books in it that I already own or borrowed from friends.
Last year I banned myself from buying brand new books, except in the case of a few indy authors I want to support and read sooner than later. As some of you know, the problem is there’s a great used bookstore down my block and I was frequently bringing home books. Many of them were already in the Dread Pile, but a fair number weren’t. They have a good credit system so I’ve gotten better about getting rid of books I don’t need/want to keep to help with the spacial issue.
This year I’ve been truly intent on reading books from my shelves and succeeding. It’s been bloody difficult, especially when walking by my bookstore or other temptations. So far this year I haven’t bought any books…but I have been downloading older books for free. I never claimed to be infallible and loop holes come in handy. As my prize for not making purchases, a friend gave me a stack of books before moving last month. Haha. And for my birthday I’ll be treating myself to a few brand new books by my favourite indy authors.
I’d love to really grow my library here and now, but realize I don’t have the means or the space. Not to sound cliché, but good things come to those who wait. When I have both later down the road, I’ll have an awesome, kick-ass library.
This week’s questions from Booking Through Thursday and Weekly Geeks go hand in hand, at least in my case. If you read book reviews, do they change your mind about reading a particular book or not? What are your habits when it comes to adding books to your reading piles or libraries? How many books are in your TBR pile? How easily do you buy or get rid of books?
And because I felt a minute-long tremor, did anyone feel the earth quake yesterday?