Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Shelf of Shame

I have been on a decluttering binge over the past couple of weeks. Hmmm... I see Blogger is not happy with the word decluttering and has underlined it in red. I just checked the New Oxford American Dictionary and they agree with Blogger. Well, all I can say is they are both wrong. I have an organized stash closet and sorted bookshelves to prove it.

The title for this post is in reference to this.



As I was sorting through my many shelves of books I kept coming across books I had not yet read. I kept them in a separate pile as I did my sorting, and by the time I was finished I had enough to line one whole bookshelf. What is even worse is I had forgotten that I owned most of them. Thirty seven books with clean, crisp covers and uncreased pages. An untouched collection of at least a year's worth of reading. Here's a sample.

Dreaming In Hindi; From Churchill's War Rooms, Letters of a Secretary; The Thirteenth Tale

A Mountain of Crumbs; My Grandmother's Knitting; Put Out More Flags


I blame the item in the blue leather cover on top of this pile of books.




While I love the artistic covers, the smell of the books as they are opened, and the feel of the paper under my fingers as I turn the pages, when it comes to actually reading I prefer my Kindle. Which is why there are 37 books languishing on my shelf. It is a classic case of Kindle Kill.

31 comments:

  1. Absolutely, decluttering has to be a word! As for the book stash, I see it as you being completely prepared in case you can't charge the Kindle.

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    1. Good point! If there is a prolonged power outage, or worse, my Kindle dies, there will be no shortage of reading material.

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  2. Nice work on the decluttering. Perhaps you could sell your books off to pay for more yarn/ebooks!?

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    1. Oh, but I really do want to read every book that's on that shelf. They are all great reads, just not in the right format. :-)

      And if I buy any more yarn my stash closet cleaning will start to unravel!

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  3. I completely agree. Since getting my Kindle I haven't picked up a book unless it is a crafting book (which I still prefer to have in print). I don't have quite as many unread books as you, but I still have a few that I MUST get round to reading. I wish there was a code in the back of a physical book that you could use to download the electronic version then they would definitely get read!

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    1. I love your idea of a code in the back of the book! That would definitely solve my problem - if these books were on my Kindle the list of unread ones would be much smaller.

      I agree that crafting books are not good on the Kindle, but they are very nice on the Kindle App on the iPad. Even then, the real thing is still better.

      Good luck working through your pile of "real" books. :-)

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  4. I have fallen into a similar trap, except for library books. I am off to look for the Letters from a secretary. I read the other two in that photo and enjoyed them. Craft books have to be in print, I think. Or maybe an iBook. I tried one on kindle from the library and it didn't work for me.

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    1. I forgot to mention library books! Yes, I still get books out of the library all the time, which also contributes to the unread shelf of books. They have way too much competition.

      Craft books on a Kindle App are okay, but I agree. They are dreadful on the actual Kindle. Same with cookbooks.

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  5. I love the feeling of a reorganized book shelf--except for the part where I realize I have so many unread ones. Good work on the decluttering (and that is SO a word!)Maybe it wants a hyphen, but why? "Reorganized" didn't need one. Right? Anyway, I can so relate. And now I want "My Grandmother's Knitting."

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    1. I am glad to know I am not alone with the unread book thing. I haven't even cracked open My Grandmother's Knitting so can't tell you whether or not it is worth reading. Too many books, too few hours in the day.

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  6. I completely agree that I like "having" books, but I prefer reading on the Kindle. Especially compared to very thick books or hard cover books which can be 3 times as heavy. I will say though, read The 13th Tale. It's the best book I've read in the last year easily, probably in the last 3-4 years. Read it. Read it. Read it.

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    1. Thanks for the heads up about The Thirteenth Tale! I will let it drift towards the top of the "must read" list. Now I am anxious to start it! There is just one book ahead of it...

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  7. How I envy you, not having yet read "Put Out More Flags"! Remember, as you read it, that, although published in 1942 (I think), it was written between Dunkirk and Pearl Harbor -- when the conclusion of the war was by no means foregone. It is Evelyn Waugh's happiest book, I think. You have a treat in store.

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    1. I don't think a book could have a higher recommendation than someone saying they are envious of the person who hasn't yet read it! I found out about the book on your blog - you wrote about it in such glowing terms I just had to get it. It is going to be the first book I pull off my Shelf of Shame to read. :-)

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  8. I'm curious about why you prefer the Kindle. I'm just not sold on e-readers yet, but am always interested to hear other people's opinions on them.

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    1. There are a couple of reasons I prefer reading on it. The first would be how I am able to change the font size. It makes it very easy on my eyes. I also like the fact I have it in a cover with a pop-up light, so can read in bed at night without disturbing Jay. And it is great for traveling. It is like taking a whole library along with me on my journey. Another good thing about it is that when I buy a book it doesn't take up physical space.

      I was very slow to jump on the Kindle wagon, and was surprised by how much I liked it.

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  9. I've got that same Shelf of Shame, Kristie. And I've got a Kindle, which I love. But I don't think the two are related. Even before I got my Kindle (3 years ago), I always had piles of books around me. Sometimes I just sit on the floor and look at my books...and it makes me happy for some reason. Yeah, I'm very strange. But my books don't judge me, LOL. ~Kim

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    1. I love your honesty! In my pre-Kindle days I had unread books too, but not nearly as many as I do now. If you are strange, then so am I. I love being surrounded by my books.

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  10. Kindles rock! I like 'real' books, too, and will always have a bookshelf or two in my home, but especially when it comes to reading in bed (especially in the middle of the night when you don't want to wake someone else up), Kindles beat paper books hands down!

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    1. I agree. I love my bookshelves, and looking at them makes me happy. Except for that Shelf of Shame! :-)

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  11. we have just done a similar exercise, and I was amazed how many unread books we have - well he's read them I've not. Not sold on the kindle as yet, not tried one, as I want to stay true to paper.

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    1. It must be bookshelf cleaning season! :-) My oldest daughter feels the same as you do. She only wants to read the real thing.

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  12. First time visiting and commenting on your blog; I love all your books; some look like they could be great reads! I think decluttering is a word, I use it all the time myself :)

    Well at least you didn't find any duplicate books you owned right?

    may you have a great day today!

    betty

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    1. Hi, and welcome to my blog! I am thankful to say that no, at least I didn't find any duplicate books. :-)

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  13. I'm completely out of shelf space for my unread books. I have boxes of shame! ;)

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    1. This makes me feel so much better! From now on when I look at my Shelf of Shame I will know it could be much, much worse. :-)

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  14. I too have rather a lot of shame on my shelves, easily twice what you admit, and I don't possess a Kindle ... I do do an awful lot of reading though, but I swear the books are breeding!

    Quite a lot of my shame is pretty tatty ... having a mate with a used book store is dangerous!

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    1. Yes, I think this is the problem - breeding books! I don't know whether I should be thankful or jealous that I don't have a friend who has a used book store. :-)

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    2. Thankful, trust me ... it's hard to resist the siren call of books when you've someone saying 'I held these back for you'. So you bring them home and the bookshelves groan a little more and then a few weeks later you discover more titles you didn't know you had. They must be breeding ;)

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  15. I love my Kindle too. It's so much easier to hold and read than some of the epic books I often like to read.

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    1. You are right - this is another great feature. Plus it makes it easy to read and knit at the same time. How is you knee?

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