I Have a Problem …

… With Books!

I am a book lover. I always have been. Even when I was a young child, I had those hard books with the gold binding. As I grew up, no matter where I went, I always had a book with me. In the fifth grade, my friends and I made our own mini library and would share our books with one another. Up until my early twenties, I was good about reading one book at a time. Now it’s a free-for-all! I start one book, but then I get so excited about another book and I will start it too. I might have five books (or more) going at any given time.

One unfortunate problem of mine is that I am a slow reader. Or at least I consider myself to be. Maybe I am just impatient and want to get to the next book on my list. Either way, this means I often listen to audio books as well. But I still have numerous audio books going at any given time as well. When I began writing this article, I had four audio books that I started and six new ones waiting in the wings.

And another problem of mine is that I don’t like a lot of clutter, so most of my actual reading is on a tablet. I know that many of you are thinking that books aren’t clutter. I know, I know! I used to have shelves and shelves of books. But due to living in four different houses in the past decade, this caused me to donate many of my books to the library.

But I still love books and when I hear about a good book, I just have to have it. So I now have well over a hundred books that I have purchased but not read yet. Yikes! So in an effort to reel in my obsession, if there is a book that I would like to read in the future, I will download a sample of the book on my tablet. A few days ago I had eleven such samples sitting on my virtual book shelf. Ah, but then the clutter issue set in, so I deleted them. However, I already have four new samples sitting on my shelf.

Please tell me – Am I the only one with this issue? Or do you agree that there are just too many good books and too little time?

About Bridget A. Thomas

Bridget A. Thomas is the author of numerous books which hit the top of the charts and continue to help many people find true contentment in life. In her spare time, Bridget enjoys reading non-fiction, fiction, and classic literature. She also enjoys crocheting and watching baseball. Bridget and her husband live in Florida, but often travel to the Smoky Mountains in search of black bears and other wildlife. To learn more about Bridget, visit her at bridgetathomas.com.
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4 Responses to I Have a Problem …

  1. Nancy J. Farrier says:

    I am so glad that ebooks don’t weigh as much as paper books. lol I keep telling myself no more books but then one catches my eye, and is on sale, and I tell tell self to be quiet. And then there’s the library. Yep. Multiple books. Multiple audiobooks. Not enough hours in the day. I feel you. 🙂

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  2. Judy says:

    So many good books, so little time. I remember when I had over 100 books in my TBR pile. I gave many away, in an effort to reduce clutter. LOL! It’s useless. Between my Kindle and paperbacks, I’m back up to over 100 books in my TBR pile. Not falling for the “clear clutter” trick again. I need to know I have plenty of books, just in case. I do appreciate the magic of the Amazon Wish List where I am able to safely store books I’m interested in without actually purchasing, at least not until the pile dwindles to an “unsafe” level. What I learned is that I need that pile of books, and if it becomes too low I actually start to stress. However, I have learned to let go of some old books that I don’t love as much as the new ones. That’s now how I trade out books. I do still have some old loves that will never be traded out. You’re not alone.

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