Books Owned vs. Books Read

Okay, we’re taking a slight break from the Pub 101 series (mainly because it’s been a busy week and I didn’t write it…shhh!).

It was recently pointed out to me by my husband that I might have a serious problem. I was showing him my Kobo library, including all of the books I’ve been buying in preparation for our upcoming 3 months in Southeast Asia. He scrolled through the list then asked, “how many of all your books have you read?”

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Scary question.

I’ve had my Kobo for three years. Of the 81 titles that I have on there (I shudder at the amount of money that equates to), I’ve read… 22.

I KNOW! Yes, yeah, I can do math. That’s one in four. I get it.

Then my eyes turn to my bookshelves. Having bought 50 titles at the Calgary Reads Book Sale this year, I would say maybe 30% of the physical books that I own have been read. And let’s not even start on the growing length of my “to-read” shelf on GoodReads.

Fellow readers, fellow writers, I ask you – am I alone in this? And is it a bad thing? I genuinely don’t think so. I think it means that I have a plethora of stories to discover, when the time suits.

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7 Responses to Books Owned vs. Books Read

  1. thelittlelibrarycafe September 5, 2014 at 6:11 pm #

    I have a very good number of book on my shelves that I haven’t read yet – I always want to be ready for wherever my mood takes me literature-wise. And sometimes I just have a book buying binge…

  2. caitlinstern September 5, 2014 at 7:35 pm #

    I, too, have three TBR piles–ebooks, physical books, and electronic lists (which includes 129 books my library owns, and I only need check out.) Of the first two piles, I’m doing fairly well–7% unread ebooks, 3% in physical books (mostly because a New Year’s Resolution was to make progress in both), but those always-growing library lists haunt me. I’ve been told I’m a bit weird, though. 🙂

  3. Nadine C. Keels September 5, 2014 at 9:54 pm #

    I tend to up my book buying only when I’m running out of unread books and need to replenish my collection, from which I do donate books I’m unlikely to reread. However, more unread books can mean you’re more prepared. 😀

  4. vscot848 September 6, 2014 at 9:11 am #

    The Little Library Cafe and I have lots in common! I have books ready in any genre, depending on my mood. You just NEVER know what you’re gonna want to read next.

  5. Rachel September 7, 2014 at 7:15 am #

    If l had a dollar for every book l own but haven’t read then l’d be rich.

  6. Nicole December 29, 2014 at 1:46 am #

    My percentage is a bit better than yours, mainly because my loved ones put their foot down and said I couldn’t buy anymore books until I’d read the (300+ pile) of TBR books 😐

    • Victoria Smith December 29, 2014 at 5:06 am #

      It’s so much easier to hide them on a Kobo…

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