My life is very book-centric: I sell books; I write books; I read books; I write blog posts about reading books. Euan at Blackwell's in Oxford said when he walks through his bookshop, it's like the books have souls and they keep on nudging him, saying 'Why haven't you read me yet?' I feel that, I really do. Who else suffers from book guilt?
I recently rearranged the books in my house (some of them are still at my mum's house, so not all are here), and I got in a panic thinking 'how am I ever going to read all the books I want to, before I die?' Very morbid of me, I know. But, you know, seriously.
Autumn/winter makes me want to reread a few favourites (Through the Looking Glass, His Dark Materials, Jane Eyre) but then I feel guilty because a reread is a lost opportunity to read something new. I read quite a lot - about 150 books a year, squeezed in between work at the shop, and writing work, and life but I still don't have time to read ALL THE THINGS. I tend to have three or four books on the go at once (a novel, poetry, short stories, non-fiction). I used to always finish a book, even if I didn't like it, because I felt I should (er, go figure), but now - nope. If a book doesn't grab me within the first three or four chapters then... goodbye.
It doesn't help that because of my EEC I may very well lose my sight in the not-so-far-off-future and that limits certain reading time even more (oh, cripes). So, how do you choose which books to read when you don't know how much time you have left to read? HOW? (Can you sense my panic yet? ;) )
Who was it who said that when we buy books we naively think we're buying the time to read them? Whoever it was is damn right.
How about you guys? How do you choose what to read next? How many books do you have on the go at one time? Do you allow yourself rereads? Do you have ridiculous biblio-panics like me?
I'm going to go make myself a cup of tea, sit down, and read a book.
The Hive by Gill Hornby
14 hours ago