Wednesday, March 13, 2013

I'm Just a Girl Who Can't Say No

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.

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