Today youtuber Kristina Horner a.k.a. italktosnakes uploaded a video about having book guilt, in which she talks about feeling guilty for not reading as much as she used to (before discovering the internet). However, decreasing her amount of reading, did not lead her to to decrease the amount of books she bought, and so her shelves are now overflowing with books waiting to be read.
I suffer from a severe case of book guilt myself. In 2012 I challenged myself to read 50 books. I did not reach, nor did I even come close to my goal. I ended up reading 22 books, many of them for class. Like Kristina, I did not stop buying books, so that there are now 72 unread books in my library, some of which have been waiting to be read for years. I am not even considering the hundreds of books that my parents own, that are really worth reading.
I am pretty sure I spent more time on organizing my books on goodreads.com and shopping for books (Vancover has so many great secondhand bookstores) than I spent on actually reading the books that I already own.
I have thus challenged myself again. In 2013 I want to read 36 books. I feel that three books a month is an appropriate number, that will not put me under too much pressure, but will still be a challenge. As for buying books - and this breaks my heart - I have decided to not spent any money on books this year.
I hope that writing about what I read will motivate me to read and to stick to my goals. To a new beginning!