You’ve all got one. A pile of books next to the bed, desk, armchair—or a growing list on your e-book reader—that are your intendeds, those books you plan to read this week, month, year or just soon. I have three different piles. The first is for work (I’m a book editor) and contains mostly ebooks of those texts I should be reading. The second is for pleasure and my general edification—in the past this pile has been enormous. The third is a subset of that—those books (whether ‘p’ or ‘e’) I really want to read as soon as I can, just as soon as I have the time and get through those titles in pile one.
But back to that second pile. It usually consists of about 60 books; in the past they towered in a corner of a room or lived in a dusty box, once they even resided in a disused fireplace. These days about half the books are sample files on my e-reader, so less physically towering, but just as present. Every year I add to my pile, and every year I never get through as many books as I had hoped and planned to. And because of this, every year these piles/boxes get a little bit taller/fuller, the lists get longer, even though I have read quite a few and every now and then I ‘remove’ a handful because they have been in the pile for eight years and I have finally come to terms that I will never read them, and perhaps no longer want to.
Pile o’ Books was born in 2009 with the aim of reading and blogging on a book a week. In 2010 the challenge was to read one book related to each letter of the alphabet in consecutive order. It’s probably best not to discuss 2011, or 2012 for that matter, or… well, let’s just say unforetold marriage and children took over a lot of my time. This year… this year I’m trying a new thing. No rules or grand expectations. I’m simply going to read some books and share my thoughts on them. Curious, non?
I love hearing from other readers, so please feel welcome to comment and ponder aloud. Let’s work through our piles together.
Lauren, Pile o’ Books