As most bibliophiles are incapable of entering bookstores without exiting at least a book or five in tow, I find this weekend to be nothing short of miraculous. I have been in three places that sell books, two bookshops and Wal-Mart, and I walk away with nothing. No new books to add to my ever growing TBR pile, which resembles more of a mountain.
I took a small tote bag full of books to exchange at a new and used bookstore for store credit that could be used toward the purchase of secondhand books. All those books to choose from, some of them I do wish to read, and I couldn’t bring myself to add to my problem because even though I’d come home with new books to read, I would find myself lamenting that I shall never read all the unfinished books on my shelves. Oh, the temptation to have a hardcover of Stephen King’s Rose Madder was strong. Technically that would have been a purchase I already own and have read, but the principle of the matter is that I don’t have room for the books I own right now. I need to slim down those shelves and the only way to do that is to read the new books I have and see what makes the cut and what can be given away.
I have started reading Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth. It was a whim purchase from the public library’s booksale and I confess I’ve never read her work before so this is a new experience for me and I rather like what I’ve read so far. This weekend I happened to notice a secondhand hardcover edition of this novel available for purchase. I wonder, if I really like this book should I get something nice looking to have on my shelves instead of a mere mass market paperback? That particular edition isn’t something I would automatically seek out to own though because I fancy leatherbound volumes. It reminds me how many classics that I have yet to actually read.
Of course, it wasn’t just old books that I was having trouble resisting. The Night Circus has been making the circuits of the blogsphere and I want to read it. Still what if I buy it and find out that I don’t love it? So it’s still on my list of books ready to request from the library along with several others, most of which seem to be the first in a series or trilogy.
So I feel kind of good about proving that I possess a shred of willpower. More time to read my owned books, and if the urge for something not on my shelves overwhelms me then I can resort to the library, right?