You have probably heard of cooking your books - no, not as in fraud, as in using your cook books! - but I don't suppose that many of you have ever actually thought of the need to read your books. Most people have a book that they have bought, borrowed or been given and they get on and read it. That is what I used to do. In fact that was what I used to do on a very regular basis.
Somehow though over the last year I have got out of the habit. Partly because I spend a lot of time reading blogs and I do more crafting than I used to, but also because instead of going to bed and reading I have been going to bed and doing puzzles - Sudoku, Crosswords etc.
The books have still be piling up though. I get given them and I still buy them when I see them. The tally - at last count - was, actually, no, I cannot bear to admit to you what the tally is. Think of a number, double it and then double it again and you might be halfway there is all I will say. So this year I have decided that I am going to read my books.
Now, I have to say that some of the books waiting to be read are heavyweights - in terms of the writing and their literal weight - but quite a lot are light and frivolous. So don't expect any stunning in depth book reviews here of great intellectual merit. I will share the books though as I read them and tell you honestly what I thought. After all, sometimes we all need to see the lighter side of life don't we!
Rather than face the whole book mountain at once I thought that I would select six books to begin with, and then I only have a little pile waiting for me! So here are the first choices I made.
They are a mix of already being read, brand new to me - one just yesterday, from the second hand bag of books I received recently and some lighter ones too.
First in the new mini pile is this Agatha Christie. It is called The Listerdale Mystery and comes from a bag of second hand books I was given - most of my books come to me that way. There are twelve different cases so this should be fairly easy to read. It isn't a Poirot or Miss Marple, so the stories will all be new to me.
Next is this Christmassy story which will no doubt be very light. It might surprise though. I will let you know.
As well as being given a lot of Agatha Christie books in the second hand bag recently I am also given a lot of Danielle Steel books by the same person. I used to love reading them, but recently I have gone off them a bit so they have piled up rather. Again, it should be a lighter read, but will be enjoyable I hope.
I love the Shopaholic books by Sophie Kinsella. This is the sixth in the series where we have seen the main character, Becky, fall in love, get married, find a sister and have a baby. Now she is in LA and starting a new chapter of her life . I am actually about halfway through this one already, so this will be the first one that I will be back to tell you about.
I think that I bought this one having seen a review of it on someone else's blog, but I am ashamed to say that I cannot actually remember where it came from. Apparently it is a Sunday Times best selling author so that means that it either be really good, or I will hate it, as I don't tend to do well with award winning books and authors! I obviously intended to start reading this one at some point already though as it has a bookmark tucked inside. That is why I chose this one for the pile - so I can have the bookmark back!!
Finally, The Diary of a Provincial Lady by E M Delafield. Some of you will recognise this as a Persephone Book. It is my first one. I have been after this book for a long time now - several years - and asked for this for Christmas in the Persephone edition. Santa bought other things, but not this, so I ordered it myself - get me, a book and a wool winder ordered on the same day! I have had a peek inside and cannot wait to get started on this. I will try and keep it until last in this group of books as it will motivate me to read the others to get to this one!
So that is a summary of the first six books in my pile to be read. I also have blogs and magazines to read, so it might take a little while, but I will get there and hopefully by the end of the winter/start of spring I will have finished these six.
I did consider joining The Year in Books, but I don't think that I will be disciplined to read one book a month and join in properly, so I will just do it this way! If you are so inclined though, I heartily recommend The Year in Books to you!
Am I the only one who has this problem with unread books, or are you in the same position too?