Oops, it’s not Thursday anymore, but here’s my response to this week’s Booking Through Thursday question:
Okay–here was an interesting article by Christopher Schoppa in the Washington Post.
Avid readers know all too well how easy it is to acquire books — it’s the letting go that’s the difficult part. … During the past 20 years, in which books have played a significant role in both my personal and professional lives, I’ve certainly had my fair share of them (and some might say several others’ shares) in my library. Many were read and saved for posterity, others eventually, but still reluctantly, sent back out into the world.
But there is also a category of titles that I’ve clung to for years, as they survived numerous purges, frequent library donations and countless changes of residence. I’ve yet to read them, but am absolutely certain I will. And should. When, I’m not sure, as I’m constantly distracted by the recent, just published and soon to be published works.
So, the question is his: “What tomes are waiting patiently on your shelves?“
I don’t generally buy that many books, and I usually only buy ones that I’m pretty sure I’m going to read. I do have a few books on my shelf that I have acquired from used book stores or yard sales in the past 6-9 months that I haven’t read yet but still fully intend to read:
- The Third Side, by William Ury
- The Call, by Oriah
- A People’s History of the United States, by Howard Zinn
- Peace Pilgrim
- Nonviolent Communication, by Marshall Rosenberg
- Life-Enriching Education, by Marshall Rosenberg
- The Un-TV and the 10 MPH Car, by Bernard McGrane
I also have one book that I bought used recently but have read before; I haven’t actually read the copy I own but I want to read it again sometime: Summerhill, by A. S. Neill.
Finally, there are two more unread books which I’ve had for longer:
- The Parnas, by Silvano Arieti – my mom was getting rid of it and I took it, but I haven’t read it yet.
- A Treasury of Jewish Humor, edited by Nathan Ausubel – I picked this up on whim at a used book sale a few years ago. I would like to read some of the stories but it is difficult to get in the right mood for it.
In general, I think I am definitely not over-indulgent in buying books and never reading them.