Although I would steadfastly deny it if my husband asked, I have more books than I’ll ever conceivably read in my lifetime. This does not ever stop me from accumulating new, shiny books each year, but it is the truth. I was browsing my books while shelving new #RH300K purchases when I came across a few that made me stop and think.
As one of the new books I bought was Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter, my eyes were drawn to my copy of The Financial Lives of the Poets. It’s been sitting there for a while now. I’ve even picked it up, pondered it, smelled it (TMI, I know), and put it back on my shelf 3,489,723 times. Now, I realize, I have two unread Jess Walter books. Really, I must remedy that.
The same is true for Sarah Jio. I have countless trusted bloggers and tweeps who have raved about her books. I have two beautiful books sitting on my shelves. They aren’t even chunksters. They’d easily slip in between review books and would probably make my day. Why have they just sat there?
I know there are more unread authors languishing on my shelves, but I thought I would highlight these four. I’ve been contemplating taking a few months off from reading review books toward the end of the year. As much as I love the new and exciting books that continue to be published weekly, I feel a little lonely sometimes for those books that have already found a home on my shelves. I want to pay them some attention. I want to show them a little love. I know that fall is a big season and I’ve got some commitments I’ve made (and I have much hope in their awesomeness!), but after October, I think I’ll be devoting the rest of the year to those books that have been waiting ever so patiently for me.
Seriously, how can I ignore these books?