Do you double dip? Honestly?
Since I’ll be moving in a few months I decided to get serious about downsizing early. This way I’d have plenty of time to make careful, smart choices without the last minute rush of pitching or keeping. One of these areas has been my pretty extensive collection of books.
Now since forever I’ve always wanted to have a large and varied collection of the books I’ve read and loved. So when I moved into my current place I had (literally) 54 book boxes and about 10 or so “other” boxes including my kitchen, bathrooms, bedroom, and office stuff. So it’s fair to say I have a lot of books.
Sadly over the past 5 years I’ve noticed that I rarely, if ever, read a book again. I used to re-read books ALL THE TIME. I can’t stress this enough. I used to read books so many times that the spines would fall apart and I’ve had to repurchase them. I even started buying hardbacks thinking they’d last longer.
Yet in the recent years I feel overwhelmed with the amount of reading choices. There are so many books out there I’m not reading that I almost never go to my wonderful and beloved current collection. There is always a book waiting for me to read it – either purchased or library – so the thought of re-reading a book I already own just doesn’t appeal for the most part. Even with books I love, love, love so much that I wished never ended.
Part of it is definitely mental.
What if I don’t love the book so much the second time around?
What if that ruins how I think about the book?
Other times I find that when I re-read a book I’m skimming, moving over the book I know so well for the “good” parts or the scenes I really like. Then I’m not reading so much as skipping through for a cliffs notes version of it.
However the biggest reason I no longer re-read beloved books is that there are so many new books out there to experience and read. I have a list of 95 books I want to read by the end of this year – classics and new releases – and I’m excited about every single one of them. As much as I loved a previous book, I find that I look forward to the ones I want to read now.
So I’ve been carefully culling my extensive collection and off they go to new homes where hopefully someone discovers them for the first (if only) time. It makes me sad but I also know it’s so unlikely I’d pick them up again.
What about you….do you re-read books, really?
Do you have time?
Do you feel overwhelmed by all the new books coming out constantly?