Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Finishing What I Started.

Many of us find that our book shelves are weighed down by books we're going to read 'when we have time'. I find that even though I'm constantly working through any number of books, I still tend to ignore a few shelves and constantly borrow books from the library or buy/download new ones! I hear about a great book and I run out and and acquire it one way or another, forgetting that I was going to read the 30 books on my shelf that I've acquired as gifts, loans, or giveaways. And so that point, when I'm going to read them, never quite arrives...

Well, one thing I determined I would do in 2012 is work through the books on my shelves. This hasn't meant that I don't buy books along the way as well (afterall, I'm 18 books into 2012 already) BUT it does mean I've read and either given away or sold off the books as I go. Some I have kept as 'resources' or because the author has signed them and I want them as keepsakes but for the most part, I'm working on clearing my shelves (and drawers...and kindle...)

If you have an ereader this can become equally bogged down with good intentions of reading. I'm also working on reading and archiving those, to clear room for new. There's something refreshing about clearing off shelves, real and virtual.

Probably the most fun I've had with it so far was reading the cupcake book and promptly mailing it to MK from Blonde Out Loud - she's currently reading it and we're chit chatting about it on Twitter as she goes. I'm jealous she's already made some of the cupcakes shared in the book (there's a cupcake recipe at the end of every chapter - amazing).

Right now I'm working through a signed, free copy of Dave Ramsey's - Total Money Makeover I acquired after I saw him speak at my works banquet two years ago. After reading it though, I must confess I bought these 2 books (one was recommended in the money makeover):






I'm probably a few weeks away from actually reading these but I'm proud that for every library book or new book I bring in I'm also tackling one from my shelves. Currently two, actually. I hope to finish up a few this week so that I can move on. American Wife has been good but slow and the print is incredibly small - boo. Maybe I will link up for book club Friday when I finish, though, since I'm enjoying the actual story (just not the workout it's been for my eyeballs).


Anyone else reading the books they haven't gotten around too in oh, 5 years or so? What do you do with your books when you're finished?


Love,


B

9 comments:

Mia Maree said...

No but you just inspired me to! I need to go dig though my "read now" box in the garage :-)

Phil and Darby Hawley said...

I am SO guilty! I think my shelves may have more "to-reads" than "finished" uh oh! I better get to reading!

Courtney B said...

Oh I TOTALLY need to get to work and read some books! In fact... I got a kindle for my birthday a month and a half ago and I still haven't taken it out of the box! AH! What books do you recommend I get for my kindle?

Domesticated-Bliss said...

Great idea! I have so many books that I bought with the intention of getting around to them one day. Maybe I will try to do this as well :)

Café Moka said...

I totally keep my books when I am finished, I love books!

MK said...

Hey that's me! Thanks for the shout out lady! I have a bunch of books that I accumulated while working at a used bookstore over the years and still haven't read them. I read books based on my mood and I'm guessing that those just haven't struck me yet.

lil desiqua said...

I definitely have a bookshelf full of books "to read!" usually when I'm done with them, I swap for another on Paperback Swap. My apartment is too small to keep them all! And I get another free book in exchange!
Good luck with your shelves!

Amber said...

I have TONS of books that are "to-read" so I'm trying to get through those. Afterwards, I either give it to a friend who wants to read it or I take them to Half Price Books!

Wiz said...

I try to give them away. I also found a website called swap.com that lets you trade books and you only pay postage. I got a ton of books that way, plus I got rid of some books that I had already read! I wish I knew of a good used book store to sell them back to!