Wednesday, March 14, 2007

On the accumulation of books

Do you read all the books you buy? I've recently started clearing out my shelves at home, and it's a bit scary to see how many things I've purchased over the years and never read. In a recent poll, BookBrowse asked people what percentage of the books they buy actually end up being read. I've learned that I'm not alone...

4 Comments:

At 8:31 AM, Blogger Don said...

Hmm, not sure how it works for the last year, but out of the books which I own, I've read well over 80% of them (in some cases more than once). It helps that I keep the unread books segregated from the read books. That way I know that I've got those five shelves of unread books staring back at me, waiting to be read. Of course having renewed my old library habit doesn't help with clearing out those shelves.

 
At 7:12 PM, Blogger Jill said...

I read more than half, but I definitely do have a stack of books I mean to read someday slowly growing by the side of my bed.

 
At 3:19 PM, Blogger dianelovesrudy said...

What I do is when I am done reading a book I pass it on to friends, then when I get it back I read it again and appreciate it more

 
At 1:14 AM, Anonymous da-OM-dada said...

Some books are great as re-reads but i do enjoy a good lending library and previously read texts are great bartaring chips. There is also something pleasurable about the anticipation of reading an author's oeuvre, so an increasing list of "to be read" books is a source of excitement

 

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