Reading My Library

Good evening readers and happy 2018!!! It’s hard to believe that we’re already a month into the new year, and that I’m starting my sixth year of blogging, but time seems to fly when you’re having fun – or at least attempting to get your ish together. 

Like most households, that ish here at GeekyNerdy HQ is focused on paring down the amount of “stuff” the Mysterious Mr. C and I currently possess, as well as on getting our finances in order, especially since I just bought three new pairs of glasses, we both went on a bit of a shopping spree this past weekend, and our big London trip is coming up next week!

While there are a number of things that we’re looking to change expense-wise, I know that the biggest challenge for me is books. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a bit of a hoarder when it comes to my personal library. Though I’ve always loved the feel of having a physical copy of something in my hand, I think a lot of it also stems from my time as a bookseller, when I had a lovely employee discount that I made liberal use of. Sadly, I don’t have that discount anymore, but that hasn’t really curbed my purchasing habit!

Though I have studiously kept track of all of the books in our apartment (and on my nook and Kindle mobile app) that I want to read, it’s been a while since I’ve counted them up. Getting a better handle on that was part of the ish I was working on and you know what I discovered? There are 125 books on that list. I repeat, 125!

Now, not all of those books are blog-related, but the vast majority of them are. As such, I’m putting myself on (at least) a yearlong book-buying ban. While I certainly have more than enough books at home to keep me occupied, I also plan to use my local library as well as the Library (one of the perks of being an employee!) to check out some of the novels that are related to movies coming out later this year. But other than that… No. New. Books!

To get things started, I’m tackling Naomi Alderman’s The Power and Marissa Meyer’s Lunar Chronicles (I’m currently partway through Cress), but I’m planning to dive into some graphic novels next – particularly Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Black Panther run and the rest of Mike Raicht and Brian Smith’s Stuff of Legend series. After that, I’m looking at Sarah Kuhn’s Heroine Complex, though I’m certainly open to other suggestions.

Do you have anything that’s languishing on your To-Be-Read list? If so, let me know and it might just become our next book club read!

5 thoughts on “Reading My Library

  1. I, too, have a lot of books sitting around that I need to read. My problem is I keep requesting books from the library that sound interesting instead of reading the ones I have. Plus reading on a Kindle is currently easier since I frequently only have one hand (I am currently holding the baby as I type this). I think Battle Royale has been on my to-read list longest, along with Dune and A Princess of Mars. I’ve also been working on Hidden Figures for about 6 mo.

    I just picked up the first issue of Coates’ Black Panther run also! I’ve heard such good things about it, I’m excited to start. Plus the BP movie about to come out looks great, too.

    1. OMG, same – only it’s buying, not checking out! For example, I just saw a Washington Post article about how people should read Annihilation before the movie comes out and was like “Yes, NO!,” so thank you for letting me know that I’m not the only one! As for your reads, all of those are on my list too, though I know that I’m planning to tackle Battle Royale in October for the 10th anniversary of Hunger Games. Maybe it can be a GNBC pick?! 🙂 As for the others, I’ll play around with my calendar and see what I can work out.

      1. BR in October sounds like a great plan! GNBC pick for sure!

        I did actually start reading one of the books I got for Christmas already, so I’m quite proud of myself haha

  2. My unread stack of books currently takes over the hallway outside my bedroom. I thought if I put them in one place it would be easier to tackle. Instead I am embarrassed by how many are there. I didn’t count, but YIKES!!!!

    1. Yeah, when they’re spread out on the shelves, it doesn’t seem that bad, but then you see a stack or count the numbers and realize what a problem it is! I’m really hoping to make a lot of progress though… mainly so I can make room for more reads! 😉

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