I own a lot of books, but I’ve never taken the time to keep track of them. There are plenty of things on my shelves that I haven’t read yet, but I didn’t know how they stacked up against those books I had finished.
After a quiet evening staring at my shelves, I decided to make a rough count and see exactly how many of my books I had actually read.
I was surprised by the final figure. It was a quick count, but I reckon I’ve read 361 of the books currently on the shelf, with 80 unread and a further 15 partially finished. There are a few novels I started but didn’t bother to continue to the end, but mostly they’re writing or social media manuals that I dip in and out of when the mood strikes.
There are still a couple of boxes of books that I haven’t unpacked yet after moving house, so that isn’t the total figure, but it probably works out somewhere around 4 to 1, read to unread.
I’d always imagined the number of unread books would be higher, as I’m often ordering something new and taking months, if not years, to get round to reading it. Whenever I glance at the bookshelves, my eye seems to fall on something that I haven’t read.
But maybe the pile isn’t as unmanageable as I thought.
What about you – have you ever kept a list of the books you still have to read? How does it compare?