Sunday, March 25, 2007

Yes, Hopefully This Does Mean I'll Stop Talking About It Now.

Three and a half weeks of effort, and I am finally finished cataloging my entire library on LibraryThing, including that roomful of books I understatedly refer to as "the To-Read Pile." (And, y'know, it's kind of weird not having that project to work on any more. Whenever I have a few spare minutes, I keep thinking, "Hey, I should put in some more books!" and then feeling strangely bereft when I realize there are no more.)

The final statistics: 2,763 books, of which 475 are labelled as "unread." I'm still trying to convince myself that I'll get to each and every one of those books before I die, but it would be a lot easier if new ones didn't constantly keep getting added. Damn me and my book-buying addiction!


  1. I look at it this way: how boring would the world be if there wasn't always another book I wanted to read? Sure, I won't get to even a small percentage of them, but that's okay.

    "Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, or what's a heaven for?"

  2. Yeah, that is sort of my philosophy, but I can't help but feel I've long since reached the point where it's gotten out of hand. A large part of my problem is that there are more books I want to read than there are hours in my life to spend reading them!

    I do like having a wide variety of options, so that every time I want to grab something to read, I've got a book at hand that will fit my current mood. That would probably work pretty well at some number below 475, though. :)

  3. I sympathize, I think my video game collection has gone the same way. I probably have more games than I'll get through in my lifetime and I keep buying more. It's an addiction, but one I'm proud of. :)