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On Books, and a New Year's Resolution


I confess: I am a book addict. Some people buy shoes, or clothes, or watches. I buy books. They are my go-to for comfort and inspiration. Digital, mass market, paperback, hardcover; picture book, reference book, fiction, nonfiction, poetry -- doesn't matter. I devour books, absorbing stories and information and artwork.

This has led to something of a problem: books languishing on my shelves, unloved and unread. As much as I love looking at my shelves and shelves of books (really, it is very comforting), I also find it frustrating and annoying. I also feel guilty. Look at all those neglected books! Those unappreciated stories! Those unwritten reviews! Those recommendations I can't make because I haven't read the book!

So ... this is my New Year's resolution.

No new books for 2017.

Yep, that's right. I will not be buy any new books this coming year. Nope, not even freebies. Rather, I am going to focus on the books I already own; mostly digital (since my nook is so easy to carry around), but also print titles. I'm archiving all the samples off my nook, and unsubscribing from services like BookBub and Book Barbarian. It's time to start working my way through my To Be Read pile, without the distraction and temptation of "Oh! But it's on sale!" or "Oh! New book by my favorite author!"

So, that is what you will be seeing this year: quick picks, reviews, and longer articles as I go back and finally do justice to the many books languishing on my shelves. I'll finally get around to reading Krasskova's "Essays in Modern Heathenry," and Levi's "The History of Magic," and "The Well of Five Streams" by Laurie and JT Lawrence's "Grey Magic" and Sagara's "Cast in Shadow" and the "Once Upon a Curse" anthology and the "Star Rebels" set and so many, many more. Plus, all the books I started and never finished because I got distracted by something shiny and new.

Publicly posting my resolution should help me to stick with it. I hope.


Stay tuned! Reviews and articles a'coming! 

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Rebecca Buchanan is the editor of the Pagan literary ezine Eternal Haunted Summer. She is also the editor-in-chief of Bibliotheca Alexandrina. She thinks it is incredibly unfair that she must work for a living rather than being able to read all day. In her next life, she would like to be a library cat.


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