Summer Reading

I had to laugh the other day when I read Kristin’s post about buying remainder books.  I, too, am a cheap book buyer.  I can’t resist yardsales, library booksales, Salvation Army racks, — anything or anywhere that sells cheap books.  As a college professor, I also get offers to buy new books inexpensively, too (For instance, I am allowed to buy 5 new books a year from Random House at the great bargain price of $3 each!).  I will buy almost anything except romances.  The problem is that while I don’t spend a lot of money on books — the books sure do pile up.

When Anthony and I moved, I donated eight boxes (of varying sizes) of books to the local library.  After finally getting my books unpacked, I discovered three more boxes of books that I could live without.   What does amaze me is the constant number of books in my personal library that I have not read.  Right now, the list is at 20.  These are not poetry books — I do a pretty good job of keeping up with my poetry reading — these are novels, memoirs, and works of nonfiction.  I even have a couple of short story collections I have not read.

So, my goal for the summer?  To work through this stack of books.  I have them placed on my endtable in the spare bedroom.  By the end of August, I want that stack gone.  I don’t know if I am going to be able to do it — a few of the books have 800 some pages — not exactly beach reading — but I am going to try.


  1. Twenty books sounds at the outer edge of do-able. I hate to think about how many unread books I have. I should see them as treasures stored up, but in the dark, I feel the reproachful stare of unread books.

    (thanks for linking to me!)

  2. Karen Said:

    The task looks a bit daunting, now! 🙂

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