One thing I’d really like to work on this year is buying fewer books. (I know, I know, I am incapable of not buying a million books every year). But just for fun – or maybe to shame myself into actually resisting the urge to buy all the books – I thought I’d take a look at how many books I added to my library in 2019, and if I’m actually reading them. To be fair, I do enjoy having a large collection of unread books (read my defense of buying so many books), and I do often buy books that I’ve already read and loved (especially those I’ve listened to as audiobooks). But I do buy a lot of books. And so many of those sit on my shelves. Which I’m not opposed to, per se, but I do need to get better about buying books I’m excited to read (and not books that I’ve just heard about and sound kinda good).
Here are my book hauling habits for the past year (each month is linked to the book haul for that month, so you can click and see exactly what books I bought… and didn’t read):
January: Hauled 18, Read 4
February: Hauled 4, Read 1
March: Hauled 14, Read 6
April: Hauled 19, Read 9
May: Hauled 21, Read 5
June: Hauled 11, Read 7
July: Hauled 11, Read 4
August: Hauled 17, Read 5
September: Hauled 4, Read 3
October: Hauled 13, Read 4
November: Hauled 11, Read 4
December: Hauled 12, Read 1
TOTAL: 155 Books Hauled, 53 Books Read
Ok, so not great. I read about a third of the books I hauled last year. Some of them were read before 2019, and I wanted to pick up a copy because I’d loved them so much. I did actually read 172 books last year total, so I did read more books than I hauled, if that means anything.
In the end, I think I’m pretty happy. There is definitely room for improvement, and I don’t think this year’s book haul is going to be nearly as big. But it was interesting to see how many of the books I buy actually get read fairly quickly. It might be even more interesting to look back at this post at the end of this year and see if I’ve read any more of them.
Do you read all the books you buy? Or are you a book hoarder like me?