My book habit is out of control, as ridiculous and pathetic as heroin addiction, albeit not as unhealthy. It's been growing for a while (recall my 30-book purchase at Powell's in Portland in June 2007), but last year was just insane. Anytime I went somewhere, whether downtown or in the suburbs, I stopped at a bookstore or two on the way home. I began buying groceries in Niles so I could visit two bookstores in the process (this also fed another addiction, smoked bacon and cheddar panini at the Corner Bakery). When I finished a book, I often celebrated by buying several more. I hit every sale at Half Price Books, including a whirlwind tour of every store in the Chicago area for the "20% off everything" Labor Day sale. I bought so many books that weekend that I hid several bags full from my wife out of embarrassment (if that isn't a "cry for help," I don't know what is!). Plus I used an endless stream of e-mail coupons at Borders and Barnes & Noble. I was completely out of control.
Now I have piles upon piles of unread books. You'd think I was starting a library.
Ideally, I would stop buying books cold turkey, but I know that's unrealistic. Besides, I love a deal, and when Borders sends me a 40% off coupon (as opposed to the usual 20-30% offers), it would kill me not to use it. But I have to rein in this compulsive behavior somehow.
So here's my resolution:
To finish reading more books than I acquire.Note the specific wording. I say finish reading instead of just reading. Finishing a book is more important than strictly reading the entire thing during 2009. That gives me an incentive to plow through my stack of half-read books. Since finish works in my favor, I counter it with acquire rather than purchase. That way I can't indulge my addiction by asking for a bunch of books for my birthday or Christmas.
My wife's first reaction was utter disbelief, so I know I'm in for a challenge!
This blog has been courting death for several months, but I hope to repurpose it for my resolution. That means it will be mostly about books (maybe I should rename it DJReader?). I'll list every book I finish and try to write at least a brief review, along with updates on my positive or negative balance for the year.