The Attack of the Library Books

Ben recently accused me of reading too many library books. While I’m glad the you-read-too-many-young-adult-books accusation has been temporarily replaced, I somehow felt the need to defend myself again against this new crime. Am I ignoring my own books?

I find that I want to read the books that other people are reading – when they are reading them. Instead of adding to my already overwhelming library, I’ve been checking out some newer titles from the library. But I have approximately 8 million unread books in my own personal collection and I want to read them, too. I know most of us suffer from some version of the “so many books, so little time” dilemma, but this is the first time I’ve felt conflicted about my library to owned books reading ratio.

So my question to all of you is: Have you ever felt like you are ignoring your own books? Do you try to find some sort of balance? Do you go through phases where you read more of your own books? Do you avoid the library entirely?