I was chatting with some people on twitter and I started thinking about all of the books I own that I have not read. Hundreds of them. Then I went back and looked at how many the print books I’ve read came from my own personal collection this year. The answer? Six. And 4 of those were books I read because Ben picked them out.
What is the point of owning all of these books if I only read library and review books?
So I’ve decided to dedicate the last three months of the year to reading my own books. October, November, and December will be spent reading some of the many, many unread books in my own library. No review books. No library books. (For print at least – I can still do review/library in audio and ebook form since I do not have a huge backlog there).
This is not a new idea. I’ve seen read-your-own-book challenges all over the bookish internet. But this is a first for me. And I’m not sure I’ve seen anyone dedicate three whole months to it.
Since I made this decision, I have had a lot of fun imagining which books I am going to read. I keep staring at the shelves and, for once, feeling excited instead of anxious. For now, I am finishing up those remaining review and library books because I start fresh come October 1.
Do you find yourself neglecting your own books for those shiny, newer titles? How do you balance things?
P.S. – I’m not making this an official challenge because, let’s face it, I would probably not follow through. But if yo want to join me, feel free. The more the merrier.