I usually spend the end of the year tabulating, calculating, reporting and budgeting my life into some semblance of order. That being as exciting as watching snails race, my mind went off on a tangent somewhere between reporting and budgeting.
“I wonder,” thinking to myself, “how much money do I spend on books?” Which segued into “How many books have I read in my life?”. A thoughtful question, but an impossible to know answer.
Last year, while vacationing in Sicily, I decided I was going to keep track of the books I read. I started keeping track because more than once I bought a book I already owed. Or bought a book I had already read. Now, as I finish reading a book, I add it to my blog under the page marked “Philobiblism”.
During my end of year wrap up, it was nice to see I had read almost 40 books in 2007 and have already finished one for 2008. I noticed though, that there were at least 20 books on my shelves that were waiting to be read, plus another 15 or so e-books waiting patiently on my palm pilot.
Even though I consider book money well spent, I’m going to hold off on buying anything new this year and read what I already own.