- Ever have moments when you walk into the library and you want everything you see?*
- Pick up book after book, taking them home though you know it might be awhile before you’re able to get to read them?
- Look at those books longingly as they linger unread on your shelves?
- Guiltily return your stack of books to the library unread and sometimes even late?
*Of course, this situation also applies to bookstores.
If you answered yes to two or more questions, then you have a case of your eyes being bigger than your reading stomach.
I have a case of this right now. There are so many books currently being published that sound amazing. I’ve been checking out stacks of books from the library, though the only way I will get to them is if I took a few weeks off from everything to just read.
For me, one of the side effects from this bookish condition is guilt. My bookshelves are stuffed with unread books and instead of trying to read what I own, I’m constantly picking up books that blogging friends have raved about. I often find new-to-me authors that way but my shelves are collecting dust.
While I think there’s no cure for having such a huge reading appetite, I’ll probably cut back on what I check out from the library for now. It would be nice to read some of the books I’ve own for a year or so.
What do you do when your reading eyes are bigger than your stomach? Do you just go with it or try to cut back on what you check out from the library or accept from publishers?