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?”


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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