Let’s talk first world bookworm problems.
I’ve decided to do another Chit Chat post – it’s like a discussion, but with less serious and important topics. And today I was looking at my unread books shelf (by now it’s a pile on the floor next to my shelf but shhh) and I saw that I had around 30 unread books. And I freaked out.
Is There a Pressure to Own Books?
I find myself constantly buying books, even though I have plenty of unread ones. Whenever I am out and about, I tend to go to a bookstore, and I always leave with a book. And I am not sure that I was always like that. I used to get one big pile of books during Book Fair, and then just read that throughout the year. But in recent years (and I cannot help thinking that it’s due to blogging), I am just piling up books all the time.
And it has a lot to do with me being exposed to so many great books and wanting to read them all. Plus, if you’re an international reader, you know how hard some books are to come by. I get really excited when I finally see a book everyone’s read in my local bookstore, and then I have to buy it.
Plus, I always buy books on my Kindle, but they never feel like something that belongs to me. They aren’t substantial, I can’t see them on my shelf, so they don’t feel like actual things I own (even though they cost the same).
And ever since I made a Bookstagram (hey, you can follow me HERE), I tend to gravitate towards beautiful books and needing to feature them on my feed.
That’s Too Many Unread Books
I find that the amount of books I haven’t read and I bought gives me anxiety. I hate that I don’t read as many physical books, and yet I continue to buy them. I even buy duplicates on my Kindle because it’s so much easier for me to read from my Kindle at night, when I do the most of my reading.
Sidenote: can we agree that once you buy a print book, you should get a digital version? That would be the only right thing to do.
The books keep piling up, and I have very little control over it. And the truth is I don’t buy nearly as many books as other people do. And I am still stressed about a book I bought over two years ago and haven’t touched yet.
I Will Never Read All the Books I Want to Read
I think the reason I buy so many books is because I genuinely want to read them. I get super excited and I can’t wait to start reading them. And I’ll never get to read all the books I want to. This haunts me. Imagine – we will never be able to finish every single book we wanted to. That’s both terrifying but also great since there’s always a new book to discover.
I would love to hear from you! Do you buy a lot of books? How many unread books sit on your shelf? Are you stressed about the number? Share all of your thoughts in the comments!
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