Conquering My Collection

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If I have one complaint about my husband, it’s that he doesn’t really read. I wanted to share my love of and thoughts on books with someone, so back in 2011, I started this blog with an idea. Here is a part of my original “About” section.

[…] After making a list of all of the books I own, I realized I had only read half of them. This may not seem so bad, but the number of books I own is slightly staggering… almost 300 […]

So, as a result, I have decided to progress through my bookshelves and read every last one… finally. […]

This blog is to track my progress as well as share the journey of discovering what my own library has to offer.

A noble goal! So how did I do?

Well, okay, I suppose. In about seven months, I read and reviewed fifteen books. Unfortunately, only seven of them were books I owned. My blogging was sporadic, and eventually, I got way off track. I don’t even think I was trying to meet my goal of reading my own library, let alone blogging about it.

So why am I bringing this up again?

I use an app called Libib to catalog my home library. Within the app, you can maintain several different libraries. I have ones for my sons, my husband, my ebooks, my comics, and my physical books. As I was updating my son’s with all his new early chapter books, I realized I hadn’t updated my physical collection since moving to North Carolina over a year ago. I spent a glorious evening scanning and organizing my collection. That is not sarcasm, I love organizing. Here is a picture of my bookshelves when we first moved in, before decorating and, ahem, more books.

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After completing my update, the grand total came to 377 for just my own physical books. So it appears that my collection has grown quite a bit since 2011, even if I did get rid of a lot. How does that work, exactly? Oh, that’s right, I got more selective in the types of books I buy, but then I bought a lot of those.

One great thing about Libib (there are many) is you can set a status for each book. So, I went through and marked all the books I had read. Then I went through and marked all the books I would never read all the way through (anthologies, duplicates, and crafting type things). And I got my total of unread books that I own:

174

That’s not even including individual books within compendiums, like Narnia or Jane Austen. Feeling a bit ashamed of myself and also a little inspired, I thought I’d try this whole reading through my own library thing again. I am making it a goal for 2019, and of course, I thought I’d name it after my original blog title.

What’s the goal?

As I still plan on picking up other books on a whim and I have some other goals to meet (which I’ll mention in a future post), I don’t want to be too strict with myself. Each month, I’ll choose one book each from two different categories that I am breaking down as follows:

  1. Out of My Comfort Zone Category
    1. Classic (old or modern, e.g. Shakespeare or One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)
    2. Contemporary (e.g. Brooklyn: A Novel)
    3. Nonfiction (e.g. Cleopatra: A Life)
  2. My Usual Category
    1. Fantasy (e.g. Wheel of Time)
    2. Mythology (e.g. Paradise Lost or Le Morte D’Arthur)
    3. Science Fiction (e.g. Leviathan Wakes)

If I’m feeling up for it, I can go for more. I know I won’t get through them all next year, but I’d love to make a dent. Each time I complete a book and post about it, you’ll see this fun photo I made!

Collection

You can check out my “owned to read” shelf on Goodreads. And let’s just hope I do a better job of updating you here! Join me, and conquer your own collection!

Kyle Marie

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