Miscellaneous Ramblings

Keeping?

Hello, my name is Tara and I’m a hoarder. I hoard everything from little scraps of paper that I have no idea why I feel the need to keep to books that I have read and know for a fact that I will never read again. Although I could go on for days about my pack-rat mentality, I just want to discuss keeping books.

I love books. I love to browse books at the library or bookstore. I love to buy books. I love to swap books on PBS for new books. I just love to own books. Period. End of story. But there comes a time when you just have too many. I have countless books on my shelves that I look at and scratch my head asking myself what I was thinking when I picked that particular book up. Books that I know for a fact I will never in this lifetime read for whatever reason, I have lost complete interest in. Do I swap them on PBS or even trade them in at my favorite used bookstore? Nope. They still sit on my shelves.

I am a major fan of reading books that belong to a series. I like to get as many of the books in a particular series as I can before I start the series. And then when I read them I hate to part with them. It’s like pulling teeth. Seriously, it’s that bad. Although I’m getting better at reading books and then clearing them off my shelves, I am having trouble parting with some of my books. For example, I have read the first four books in the Kinsey Millhone series by Sue Grafton. It’s not a favorite series, but I have most of the books and I’m determined to get through them – eventually. So, have I gotten rid of the first four books that I’ve already read? Nope. There they sit, taking up room in my already overflowing shelves. Is this a series that I will ever re-read? Doubtful. So what’s my problem? Who knows. I’m doing the same with the Kay Scarpetta series by Patricia Cornwell. I’ve really been reading those books here lately and am really enjoying them – but seriously, will I ever re-read them? Probably not. The only books that I really WANT to keep because I have a pretty decent feeling I would re-read at some point in the future are the Alex Cross books by James Patterson. That is my absolute favorite series.

But in all honesty, I’m not a re-reader. So why do I feel the need to keep books? I mean, I’m obviously always going to keep my Harry Potter hardback books. That’s a given. But, really, why do I feel the need to continue to hoard these books? Isn’t it supposed to be like anything else – out with the old, in with the new? Think of all the new books I could make room for if I could just stand to part with some of the ones I already have!

Does anyone else have this hoarding books mentality?

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Monthly Wrap Up

March, April & May 2010 Wrap-Ups

Oh my, time has gotten away from me again and I am once again behind on my monthly wrap-up posts. This is not due to the fact that I have been reading like a mad woman. It’s been quite the opposite, actually. I’ve been in somewhat of a slump. However, these past few months I have really worked on the Kay Scarpetta series. That’s really been great. Plus, I’ve been reading my own books – rather than library books! Yay! I’m trying to get my shelves cleared off somewhat – to make room for new books of course 🙂 Anyway, here is what I’ve read the past three months:

  1. Patricia Cornwell, Cause of Death
  2. Beverly Barton, The Dying Game
  3. Tess Gerritsen, The Apprentice
  4. Patricia Cornwell, Unnatural Exposure
  5. Jefferson Bass, Carved in Bone
  6. James Patterson, The Big Bad Wolf
  • Books read: 6
  • Pages read: 2,191
  • New Authors: 1
  • Fiction: 6
  • Nonfiction: 0
  • Read for Challenges: 6

May

  1. David Baldacci, The Camel Club
  2. Gregg Olsen, Victim Six
  3. Patricia Cornwell, Point of Origin
  4. James Patterson, The 9th Judgment
  5. Erin Healy, Never Let You Go
  • Books read: 5
  • Pages read: 2,048
  • New Authors: 1
  • Fiction: 5
  • Nonfiction: 0
  • Read for Challenges: 5

Okay, so I was looking back over this list and I am once again pleased to report that out of the 17 books I’ve read these three months, only one of them was a library book, three were review books and 8 of them were on my shelves before 2010! Those are great stats for me!!