Longtime readers (all four of you) may recall that in 2009, I challenged myself to finish reading more books than I purchased. I ultimately succeeded, finishing 101 books along the way. I also purchased 96, so in the end I barely broke even.
Last year there was no challenge, and my efforts at self-restraint were weak at best. I celebrated my 40th birthday by driving to Indianapolis ostensibly to eat Waffle House waffles, but I also carried along directions to every bookstore in town. Needless to say, I purchased more books than waffles on that trip.
Now my problem is worse than ever. The bookcase that I have reserved for unread books is literally sagging under the weight:
A rough estimate is 350 volumes. I know people who don't own that many books, much less books they haven't even read! That's 3-1/2 years worth of reading, assuming I do not add to the pile or turn into Evelyn Wood (though there are a few books that I'll probably never read anyway --some of the vertical ones have been around for ten years or more). And yet, for Christmas I received a $75 gift card for Half Price Books. Let's face it -- I'm not going to stop buying books anytime soon.
So that brings me around to the title question of this entry. Should I do another "book challenge"? I'm thinking no for two reasons: 1.) I don't like doing big projects twice because the second time is never as interesting or fun as the first, and 2.) writing a review of every single book I read for a year is hard work, and I just don't feeling like doing it again.