We book lovers are a funny lot. Most people buy a book because they want to read it. They might even take it home and read it that evening. But book lovers, or a lot of them, don’t do that. We’re collectors. We take it home and put it on the shelf. We’ll read it later.
There’s something satisfying about buying a book. Browsing the shelves (real and virtual), looking at the covers, reading the blurbs and the first few pages. Picking the books you’ll take home is almost like picking a new pet.
But this has led to a large number of books on the shelves that have never been read. Dozens. Dozens of dozens. That’s just too many. Time for action!
I hereby instigate No More Books 2012! From March 1st until December 31st I solemnly swear not to buy a single book. For that time I shall read only the books I’ve bought but never read.
There are a few rules, of course, namely:
• gifts are okay; it would just be rude to refuse a gift;
• no rereading books I’ve read before;
• when a book purchase is vital to research for a novel and cannot be delayed, an exemption may be granted by the NMB2012 committee (namely my patient girlfriend);
• borrowing books is cheating; the purpose is to read the backlog of books I already own.
Want to know how I got on? Check out the updates below:
Am I a genius or a madman? Or simply misguided? Am I setting myself up for a spot on the evening news as “Man has breakdown in Waterstones”?