Saturday, January 05, 2008

The extent of 'the problem'.

Here is just a part of my ever-expanding pile of unread books. Although I have indulged myself reading quite a bit over Christmas I do not seem to have made much of an impact.

Some I have bought for research for a book of my own, some are books of friends, some are for book group and some are just for pleasure and interest.

Looking at them now makes me feel like a child in an old-fashioned sweetshop. I am spoilt for choice. Which one next?

8 Comments:

Blogger jem said...

My books are steadily bricking me in - I will one day be found, a petrified but well-read princess in a paper castle!

But still the urge to buy more, must have more...

Sat Jan 05, 06:26:00 pm  
Anonymous Debra Hamel said...

Oh, Clare. I really envy you your innocent world. Check out my TBR stacks. The picture was taken just a few days ago: http://www.book-blog.com/on_review_copies.html

Sat Jan 05, 09:31:00 pm  
Anonymous Clare said...

Jem: Your comment brought to mind a column in a Washington Weekly newspaper I read once in which the book reviewer actually made a sort of igloo for his child from the books he had been sent to review that year. Most, he concluded, were not worth publishing, or worth reading.

I do wonder if having to review books professionally (and not having a choice in what you read) would lessen the enjoyment of reading. I think it would.

On the other hand there are people like us who have an unquenchable thirst.

Debra: That is one of the most impressive TBR piles I think I have ever seen in my life. I am stunned. I do have a good few more books downstairs but I don't think I am anywhere close to this!

Sat Jan 05, 09:50:00 pm  
Blogger chiefbiscuit said...

Wow! There is nothing - NOTHING - as enticing as a pile of books!!!

Sun Jan 06, 07:04:00 am  
Anonymous Clare said...

Yes - I think I agree with you there, CB. With chocolate a close second.

Sun Jan 06, 12:08:00 pm  
Blogger Anne S said...

I wish I could have a TBR pile like that but I already have so many books it is pretty impossible to squeeze anymore in and Mr B would be most displeased if I added more.

So I have TBRA (to be read again) shelves (ie the extent of my library)!

I've already got through my Christmas books, though truth to tell I did borrow a few books from my brother which I still have to read.

Mon Jan 07, 09:20:00 am  
Blogger Andrew K said...

The Eco & Camus are excellent. I got on a an Eco trip for a while which quickly exhausted itself after the interesting 'Foucault's Pendulum' but the dreadful bore of 'Baudolino'. Name of the ROse though was excellent.

Mon Jan 07, 11:39:00 am  
Anonymous Clare. said...

Anne S: TBRA - I like it - excellent idea. Yes, I am feeling a bit guilty about how much room my books are taking up. I have a couple of palstic crates in Hodmandod Major's room, which really shouldn't be there, but I can't think what else to do with them. Ah, I love the things so much.

Andrew K: I need to get started on the Eco - but I think I need more time...

Sat Jan 19, 11:28:00 pm  

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