Saturday, August 13, 2011
Much as I love my local library...
I have made a vow for the moment to refrain from darkening its doors. At least for a few weeks. I simply have to catch up with books that are already here, lying fallow and unread - books that belong to me. I feel like I need to find some sort of balance. For the moment I am through feeding an out of control desure to read every book in the world all at the same time (that's how it feels) - playing some sort of catch-up game. It AIN'T working!
The pure fact is that I will never read everything that everyone recommends, much as I would like to. And the second pure fact is that I refuse to feel stressed or even the pressure to do so. I will read what I can and write about whatever book I feel needs writing about.
In an overabundance of zeal, I was just bringing home too many books from the library and often forgetting to return them at the proper time and too often losing track of what I really wanted to read. Many books went back unread. Where's the fun in that?
I know that I can never really organize my reading, I'm just not made that way, but I'm damn well going to stop bringing coals to Newcastle until I put a reading dent in my own home library. Maybe then I'll feel like I'm in control again.
"Books will not rule me!", she said, meaning it at the time.
Note: Illustrations at the top and middle of this post are by the one and only Edward Gorey. To read about Gorey and his work please go here.