Must stop buying books, and start reading them

On a recent cold and rainy winter day, I found myself wandering through one of those cheap clearance bookstores on the off chance that I may pick up something I’ve had my eye on for a while (honestly I don’t know why I put myself so readily in the path of book temptation). Of course, no sooner had I walked in the door than I located for myself a copy of ‘The Love Letters of Dylan Thomas’. While I haven’t seen the movie from which the book draws its cover, I am always drawn to personal letter collections. Letters (particularly those written by poets and authors) are often so beautiful and so genuine that they somehow make me feel more human – more connected, just by reading them.

Flipping through the pages of this book, I chanced upon the following opening to a letter (and once I read this I was completely sold on the purchase):

27 May, 1934  –  in Bed

Question One. I can’t come up.

Two.  I’m sleeping no better

Question Three. ‘No, I’ve done everything that’s wrong’

Four. I daren’t see the doctor.

Question 5. Yes, I love you.

I just sigh with the emotion bound by these words and the meaning that lies quietly within.

New Book Purchases

I also recently made another online book purchase through The Book Depository (have you shopped with them before? They offer a really good exchange rate and free worldwide shipping). ‘Backwards in High Heels – The Impossible Art of Being Female’ takes its title from someone who said that, ‘Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did – only she did it backwards in high heels’. It seems to be a very pretty book with a much-appreciated sense of humour (or at least that’s what I’m hoping).

With any luck I won’t stumble across any more ‘must buy’ or ‘tempting to buy’ books any time soon. What I really need to do is to find some quiet time away from the world and free myself from distractions so that I can catch up on all the printed wonders already in my home…

14 Comments

  1. Francesca

    I was thinking the same thing just this morning – I can’t buy any more books until I’ve read the ones I’ve got! In the past fortnight I’ve picked up Alexander McCall Smith’s Dream Angus and Tears of the Giraffe, EM Forster’s A Passage to India and a couple of old Granta’s – all second hand but still… what I really need now is time and space.
    .-= Francesca´s last blog ..The camera is dead. Long live the camera. =-.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Francesca – I’m seriously doubting my willpower to stick to my rule of not buying any more books until I’ve read all the books I already own…especially considering every lunch seems to find me wandering around a bookstore somewhere in the city.

      Wow! You’ve picked yourself up a great range of books there…well done!! I love rummaging around for secondhand books – I find they can be the most satisfying book purchases of all! 8)

      But yes, the time and ‘space’ is the tricky thing to find… good luck with it!!

  2. Paul

    Those are two wonderful quotes, one very beautiful and sad and one beautiful and funny.
    .-= Paul´s last blog ..I have spent my life on stones =-.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Paul – Aren’t they just wonderful? I’m a sucker for a ‘good quote’ … I’m hoping these turn out to be excellent book additions to my home rather than more ‘stuff on shelves’.

      Honestly it really doesn’t take too much to convince me that ‘Yes, I most certainly do need another book of collected letters…’

  3. jason

    the covers of those two books also reflect yr aesthetic sense – gorgeous covers!
    .-= jason´s last blog ..RICHIE – CHAPTER FOURTEEN (Twitter Novel / Keitai Shosetsu) =-.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jason – Oh that’s very kind of you to say. Even though we are told to ‘not judge a book by it’s cover’, I’m pretty sure I do this on some level (though of course the content of the book is king!)… I’m really looking forward to reading these two!

  4. Nico

    I never return books to the library unread but have lots I’ve bought but never read. Insane…
    .-= Nico´s last blog ..I Only Steal Hearts =-.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Nico – Isn’t it strange how we feel compelled to get through the library books on time, and yet our own books sit around collecting dust? I’m really hoping to make some improvements in this area!! I guess the first thing to address is to stop buying any more!! (a challenging rule indeed!).

  5. Kimberley

    I have books AND magazines (magazines!!) I’m yet to read, its ridiculous really. To procrastinate even with magazines, let alone books I need to read, I’m such a restless soul. The edge of love looks good..?
    .-= Kimberley´s last blog ..Are you wearing a pair of Levi’s? Drop ‘em! =-.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kimberley – I know what you mean about having piles of books and magazines still waiting to be read. I just don’t exactly know when to find the time to just relax and do some reading…I really need to make some dedicated time to do just that!

      I chop and change what I want to read all the time. I know what you mean about having a restless soul, I’m very mood driven when it comes to reading, so I feel like reading one thing one minute, and then something else the next.

      Yes the Edge of Love seems to be a lovely collection of letters…the type of book that I can just never resist!

  6. shraddha

    i always go for library books but yea..i have sometimes returned them unread…

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Shraddha – Oh you’re very good reading library books! 8)

      I completely adore surrounding myself with a collection of my own books at home, and yet completely hate them when it comes time to move house (so much heavy packing). I really should borrow more library books, but I find that I lack discipline with my reading habits.

  7. Ricardo

    I have a backlog of books I have to churn through. I am way behind. I will not buy anymore until I see progress.
    .-= Ricardo´s last blog ..The Reluctant Disciplinarian =-.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Ricardo – It seems like it is the season to have a backlog of books. Perhaps we are just all very busy doing all other sorts of things at the moment.

      I wish you luck with resisting further book purchases…I’m not sure how I’ll go with not buying any more myself.

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