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October 30, 2012

MRP Day 29 – A reading backlog

Filed under: books of 2012,the month of relentless positivity — lexifab @ 1:45 pm

All my life I’ve always had a few books lying around, ready to pick up the instant I finish with my current read. New and secondhand bookshops, libraries and even jumble sales all have a powerful attraction on me. I can fossick a badly-sorted shelf display for hours if left unattended. Rare’s the day I wander in and escape without a purchase.

The existence of my kindle, the ease with which I can indulge my irresistible urges for impulse purchasing and the sheer range of cheap and readily available ebooks have all combined forces to overwhelm my will and my reading list. The latter has become a seething thing too vast to be encompassed by a mere slab of plastic and electronica [1].

I just did an audit of the unread titles sitting on my kindle. There are:

  • 15 novels;
  • 11 anthologies or short story collections (4 of which are “Complete Works of” various authors, one of who is Dickens and another G. K. Chesterton, both appallingly prolific writers);
  • 2 issues of periodicals (both short story focused);
  • 3 works of non-fiction;
  • 3 stand-alone novellas or short stories; and
  • both The Iliad and The Odyssey, which I count separately from the above for various reasons.

On top of all those, I have two anthologies and a short story collection that I picked up in paperback at the recent Conflux dealer’s room [2], two novels I am beta-reading for friends and up to half a dozen more works of various lengths expected to flow in from Kickstarters and subscriptions.

Now, delightful as it is to me to be so spoiled for choice, there’s no getting around the fact that it is going to take some time to work my way through that stack. Hence I am absolutely, positively [3] placing myself under embargo for the rest of the year. No new books until I clear the backlog…

or there’s a really good sale.


[1] Not really. The kindle’s memory is TARDIS-like in its spaciousness. I can choke it with tonnes more crap yet.

[2] I can’t pass by a dealer’s room either, I have discovered.

[3] See what I did there? Huh? Huh?


  1. virtuous ereader comment – all my books on my ereader are currently read. Even the meh ones I got in a job lot because of two books I wanted to read (and it was cheaper that way). This may be because i don’t get off my butt and download stuff (case in point, haven’t got Amandas stuff yet). I probably have less books on it than you do.

    Comment by Jenny — October 30, 2012 @ 5:45 pm

  2. I don’t even understand a world where there are ereaders with no unread stuff 🙂 Then again, I probably spend a lot more time than you browsing writers’ forums and checking out their self-promotional stuff on Twitter. I am an easy damn mark, is what I am.

    I don’t have the final versions of the Fellows’ body of work either, but that will have to wait until after my moratorium ends.

    Comment by lexifab — October 30, 2012 @ 6:02 pm

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