Another issue I've found is I have a ridiculous amount of books on my shelves and Kindle that I have yet to read. This has been really evident when I sit down to write my monthly blog posts on new book releases. I'm finding that I have series books I'm not at all caught up on, and they're sitting on a shelf or my Kindle.
So why haven't I read them? I keep requesting books from the library. And library books have to be returned by a certain date or else I have to pay a daily fee. So, yeah, I've been reading those instead. I'm sure my librarians all recognize me when I walk in. I'm always there to pick up books I've requested. I request a lot. I stalk the online card catalog. I'm almost always first on the list for books. Except for Dan Brown's new one, I'm #44 out of around than 450 people, so not too bad.
As wonderful as the library is, this takes away from me reading what I actually own. Which is a ridiculous amount of books and ebooks.
So I've come to a new approach. I have to start reading what is on my shelf, not request a million books from the library. As of last week I cannot add any new books to my requested list. I have to start finishing series and books that I own. There are several series I need to finish off. If I don't own the final book I'm allowing myself to get it from the library, but nothing else. I own a ton of stand alone books as well that need to be read.
Here's a peek at what I have on my shelves, with regards to novels and writing. With all of the ebook sales I've noticed this year, you can imagine what my Kindle looks like. I have even more signed books at my parents' house.
|My signed books.|
|More signed books.|
|I've only read Everneath and Abandon on this shelf.|
|I've only read the first two and last two.|
|The only shelf I've read everything on.|
|I've read the first 3, watched the movies for the next 3, & haven't read the last one.|
|I still have to read all of the Percy Jackson books. I read some of the Narnia books when I was younger, but want to reread them.|
|A mix of new books, used books, and ARCs I've collected over the past couple of years.|
|All books I snagged from my Mom's bookshelves.|
|All used books, except for Only a Few Bones, and a couple from a library book sale.|
|My middle grade collection. I still have to read some of them.|
|My writing craft bookshelf.|