The Books Keep Stacking Up
Can you ever have too many books and/or e-books? Maybe, but I’ll keep reading anyway. Why not? There are plenty of cheap reads available, and it always seems as if there is something worthwhile to read.
As I sit here writing at my computer, there are two long shelves stretching to either side and above my monitor. The lowest shelf holds some medicine bottles, a handful of music CDs, the stuff I usually carry in my pockets (keys, wallet, etc.), a little silver jar for my spare change, four flashlights (don’t ask), a little bag of dog treats, a phone, a cell phone, a box with some old music cassettes (remember the 80s?), a blood pressure monitor, and my Kindle. The top shelf holds two baseball hats, a stack of paperwork, a bowie knife given to me as a present a while back, and five separate stacks of books, totalling 59 books.
I read a fair amount, averaging about 50 books a year. I’m not what I would call a fast reader, because I know people who easily go through 100 or 200 books a year. Some books I can finish in a day, while others might take me several months.
On my Kindle, at last count, there were 212 e-books waiting to be read.
For the most part I go back and forth between books and e-books. I’ll read a book, then I’ll read an e-book, then I’m back to a book. This goes on and on.
Funny thing, since receiving my Kindle as a Christmas present almost two years ago, I actually buy more books than I used to, and I’m not counting the e-books. For one thing, I’ve discovered several quality used book stores in my area, so that helps. When I can go in a place and walk out with a dozen books for only five dollars or so, I’m not going to turn that down, even with the convenience of e-books.
Do I read more than I used to? I don’t think so. I probably read more widely than I used to. Through my Kindle I’ve discovered a lot of authors I otherwise might not have ever read. One good thing about digital publishing is the same top writers aren’t always thrust in your face over and over again. I wish I could say the same for book stores. Some of those top writers are pretty good, but I want to read other works than theirs. Also, in my opinion, a good number of the big sellers, especially in fiction, just aren’t that good; or, to be fair, such books are not of interest to myself.
So, adding up my books and e-books, I’ve got a total of 271 titles to read, some short and some way long. Since I average about 50 books a year, I’ve got my reading material for the next five years. Does this mean I can stop buying books and e-books? I probably should, but I won’t. It’s not so much an addiction with me, buying books, but I don’t like to turn down a good deal on a book or e-book when I see one; I won’t just grab something because it is free or cheap, but if it’s something I already have an interest in reading, why not pick it up?
Okay, I’m signing off. I’ve got some writing of my own to edit, and then I’ve got a book to read before going to bed.