Books. I love books. I shall never be a Kindle fan because there is nothing better in my opinion than browsing a book shop and taking home a new book. There is rarely a week goes by that I do not buy a new book.
I was inspired by a wise person to try something different this year. Rather than buying new books I am going to re-read every book I have in the house. Their number is great, probably too great my husband would say. I also seem to stick very much to type. I have a good number of the classics, I have historical fiction, I have thrillers with a supernatural edge and I have the supernatural. I'm not a chick-lit fan and I'm not a sci-fi fan. I think to someone on the outside my tastes would seem boring and safe but its what I enjoy and reading to me should be a pleasure, not a chore.
So this weekend I started cataloguing all my books - thus fueling two passions in my life, books and lists! I am currently at book number 380 and I still have a fair way to go. But I am already excited about revisiting some of the books I had forgotten I had.
I have had to make a couple of exceptions to my No New Books rule (yes, yes I hear you say). One is that I'm allowed to buy the next Cynthia Harrod-Eagles Dynasty book. The Dynasty saga is the story of one family - beginning in the 15th Century and spanning all the way to present day. My Grandmother started collecting these books - I borrowed them and fell in love with them - we used to spend hours discussing each book, our favourite characters, what we thought would happen next. When my Grandmother died I was given the set of books and I have been adding to it ever since. So I am going to finish the collection and maybe one day my daughter will enjoy them. I still re-read them once a year, despite the fact that the glue has dried on some and the pages are falling out and I get covered in a lovely gritty substance as I read!
The other exception is adding to my Jean Plaidy collection. I currently have 83 of her books. I'm constantly being foiled by books previously written under one of her various pseudonyms being re-released under the name of Jean Plaidy and by books being re-released under new titles for the American market (let's not open that can of worms). I currently estimate I need 6 to complete the collection. So if I see any of these I shall snap them up.
So that's it. A year, 365 days without buying a new book. Will I cope? Will I manage? Watch this space!