I have a headache today so instead of posting about a book I'm just going to share some photos. Of (what else?) books in my house! There's too many. My heaps of yet-unread books are getting overwhelming, so I've decided to make a focused effort at reading those first- neglecting for even longer the TBR list I add to daily from all the wonderful book blogs, and resisting the urge to browse shelves at the library when I'm picking up books for my daughter.
These shelves are my permanent collection. They're not all books: the top of the bookcases has some stuff left over from when my husband built our last computer, and the bottom right-hand and middle shelves have games and some oversized picture books. I don't have many reader friends, so the most frequent comment I get when people visit our house is: have you actually read all these books? The answer is yes, except for the coffee-table ones (about a dozen) which I treasure for their gorgeous photos but haven't gotten around to reading yet.
Okay, just for fun I made a kind of map of the shelves. Hopefully if you click on it you can get a bigger image and read it!
These are the books in my bedroom, waiting to be read. The first pile is on top of my dresser:
The second pile is on the floor near my bed:
And then there's two shelves that serve as my bedside table:
Enough books for years! So I've made a goal to seriously diminish these piles, starting with the dresser heap, then the floor ones, and hopefully getting it down to a TBR load that my bedside shelf can contain, before I start picking books from my lists again. Maybe I ought to join a challenge to help me stay motivated with this- are there any going on currently about reading your own books, or tackling your TBR? I don't know how far I can get with this before I break down and pick up a book that doesn't already have physical presence in my house. Any guesses how long it will take me to work through those piles? (Keep in mind that I probably will taste just twenty pages or so and then set aside quite a few of these).