Unread books on my shelf.
I'm not one to feel any pressure from having a stack of unread books, mostly I just think that I'll get to them eventually but I do feel a little guilty if there's a book on my shelf that I know I probably won't ever pick up. That has encouraged me to be quite particular about the books I choose to buy. I mean, there are so many great novels out there that I think I'll adore, so why would I invest time & money in those that just sound like they'll be okay? I'm always tempted by titles that are incredibly discounted but if I know I'm unlikely to read it any time soon, there's no real need for it to sit on my bookshelf unloved.
A couple of days ago I donated some books I knew I was unlikely to ever get around to and I felt much better about my 'to be read' shelf. I like to have some variety on there at any given time because I'm very much a mood reader. I can't really pick out a stack of books at the beginning of the month and say that I'm going to read them because I might fancy something different when the time comes.
There are currently 25 books (well, I had to buy something boring from amazon & to reach the free delivery minimum spend I thought I'd buy a book I'd been wanting for a little while, so it's actually 26 now) on my to be read shelf. There are a couple of books I have to read for University on there, a couple I've started but put down for another time, a couple I'm currently dipping in and out of, and some that I'm really looking forward to getting to. When the winter sets in I have a bit of a love for crime novels, they're mostly ones I've bought for my Mum (she generally only reads crime novels) and I've kept hold of the ones she quite liked so I know I'll be picking those up soon.
I don't really want it to get too much bigger so I'm thinking of going on a temporary book buying hiatus, or maybe I'll tell myself I have to read a certain amount of books before I can buy a new one. I'm not sure, we'll see!
Do you have a large 'to be read' shelf?
Or do you prefer to buy a book, read it, and then go and buy a new one?