So, every month I go through my books. I vacuum the cat hair off of them, dust the shelves, re-organize the ones I was too lazy to put away properly when I was done reading them. That sort of thing. I also place the new ones into their proper spot on Mount TBR. It was during my last OCD spell last night that I decided to do something I thought would never happen – a purge of the To Be Read monster.
Yep, you heard it right. I am officially going through the stack and getting rid of THOSE ones. You know which ones – I am pretty sure you have them too. The ones that have been sitting there, staring at you accusingly, that you just can’t seem to make yourself want to read. Ever. The ones you had to have at the moment, but now seem to just take up space. Now, that is not to say I am getting rid of them all, but I am only going to keep the ones that I can reasonably see me reading. If the first instinct is “No”, then it has to go.
Does anyone else do this, or are you like me and tend to let the suckers just sit there and seemingly multiply on their own somehow forever? I will probably look like one of those people from an episode of Hoarders – clutching the precious and trying to tell myself all the reasons why I should keep them, but I will slap myself around and be strong (ish). If I can pull this off, while also managing to keep to my New Year’s resolution of dropping a book that doesn’t do it for me instead of forcing myself to finish it (which usually takes forever and really slows down my reading), I hope to have the mountain down to a nice sized hill by the end of the year.