November 19, 2011
I've hit a wall. I currently have ten books stacked on night table, three of which have bookmarks indicated that I've started reading them. The other seven are on my wait list. I also have four titles on my Kindle that I've downloaded from the library (yay!). My problem is that I just can't say no to a book, especially one that's been recommended by a friend or has an intriguing blurb. Unfortunately, I just can't seem to read them fast enough and their presence is threatening to overtake my bedside table as well as my life.
I am currently in the midst of a historical romance and two young adult adventure/fantasies. I do believe that I must be suffering from reader schizophrenia because I also have two thrillers calling out to me from my Kindle. I think my dilemma stems from the same place as "your eyes are bigger than your stomach". If people can over-eat (particularly at holidays) can they also over-read?
My best course of action is going to be portion control -- one book at a time. However, that's going to have to wait until I've cleaned my plate. Unless a book is completely unappetizing, I can't just toss it aside. That would be wasteful. I have to finish it. After the gluttony of the holidays (and extra free time) is over, I will strictly limit my literary intake lest I find myself gorged again, unable to swallow another word. A steady diet of books is a wonderful thing, as long as it is done in moderation. (I confess, I once got into a wicked fight with my husband when he accused of reading too much - how absurd!) So, of being the girl who can't say no, I'll become the girl who just says "soon". Here's hoping that works.