What are your reading and book buying habits?

How’s your reading coming along?

I have been slowly making my way through the large and varied collection of books I have accumulated over the years. I got into the habit of obtaining a book and not taking the time to read it yet, so now I have a great amount of catching up to do. To make matters ‘worse’ – or rather, more complicated – I keep gaining books. I am either buying them or winning them, but either way my bookcase is getting stuffed with new books. And I love it! (You can see most of my books listed on Library Thing – link in right sidebar, if you want to take a peek.)

Want to know what my newest classic addition is?

War and Peace.

Yes, you read that right. I bought a copy of the newly revised War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. You may ask, why did you do that, Lynn? Wellll .. I’m not really sure except that it is on the BBC’s 2009 list of 100 books that people should read – and I hadn’t read it yet. War and Peace is number 24 on that list, as you will see in my January 13’10 post: https://lynnadavidson.wordpress.com/2010/01/13/have-you-read-these-100-books/ Also, I had heard people talk about this book that is long to read, but not much about it otherwise. Curiosity got the best of me, I want to be able to say I read it, so now I have eliminated one excuse. 🙂

Have you read War and Peace? 

If you check the above link you will find that number 18 is Catcher in the Rye by J D Salinger. Such a little book which I bought last year and have yet to read. I’ve heard mixed reviews of that one so I’m interested in finding out if it makes any sense to me.

So much to devour, so little time free to do it! But I am trying to read, read, read, while not totally forgetting the writing. Not that I’ve been doing any writing, what with all the changes happening in our lives right now, but I haven’t forgotten about it. 😉

So, what are your reading habits? And what are your book buying habits? 

Do you buy and read one book at a time? Or do you buy the book when it comes out and then file it away to read at a later date? Or do you have another method? I’m very interested in hearing from you on this.

Thanks for reading, and … Creative Musings!  🙂

This post has been scheduled, so I look forward to early next week, if not before, when I can enjoy your comments and reply to them.

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8 responses to “What are your reading and book buying habits?

  1. Oh, Polilla, you and I are so much alike! I have stacks of books I want to read but haven’t yet… War and Peace is one of those books, and I haven’t read it yet. I am just reading the last chapter of Anne of Green Gables. How can a woman attain the wonderful age of 60 without having read Anne? My daughter loved that book when she was about 12. Now I’m loving it at 60!

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    • Hi Sue, I am discovering that I don’t have to feel guilty anymore about my love for books and slowness in reading them. yay! 🙂 As for Anne of Green Gables, I started reading it years ago but then put it away. I haven’t read it through yet but I loved the series on TV (in Canada) with Megan Follows as Anne, she did a super job. It is a book I have to read, though. Someday. When I can get to it. 😉
      Thanks for your comment, Sue. I’m glad we “are so much alike”, maybe that will rub off on me as far as writing goes, too. 🙂
      Blessings.

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  2. Yes, I am also a true bibiliophile and have stacks of books around the house that are “to be read”. Last count I was 48 behind. I tend to buy or borrow 3 books to one that I read. It is a silly habit but I always think I will get time to read them all. I am also a slow reader to make matters worse. I have actually read War & Peace some time ago and loved it. (I love the Russian writers) But I have not read “Catcher in the Rye”, it is in the TBR pile. Glad to hear I am not the only one who does this.

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    • Only 48 behind? I won’t admit how many are in that category for me! I may obtain more than three books to one read, oh dear! I’ve never tallied that, and now I don’t want to. 😉
      I’m glad to know you loved reading War & Peace. Do you also like Doctor Zhivago? I tried watching the movie – Doctor Zhivago – which is one of my husband’s favourites, but I didn’t like it. Maybe the book would be better.
      No, Darlene, you are certainly not alone. 🙂
      Thanks for sharing your reading and book buying habits.

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  3. ;P Lots of books yet to read. I have two on my TBR-NOW list b/c I committed to blogging a review of them. That aside, I am working my way through the Bible via the “Bible in a year” Bible. It’s very cool. OT, NT, Psalms and proverbs every day. I’m a little behind, but I know that once I reach today’s date, I’m caught up. VERY cool!

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    • Good for you, Donna! Blogging book reviews is a fun thing to do and much appreciated by the authors of those books.
      Your method of reading through the Bible in a year sounds interesting, it sometimes is a lot of reading in one day to get it done, isn’t it? Well worth it, though.
      Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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  4. Hi Lynn!!
    Wow…yet another thing that we have in common!!! I am always in the middle of a book…or two…or three!!! I love, love, love to read!!! There’s a stack of books beside my bed right now…just waiting for me…and lots on the shelf…or shelves, rather, as there are many!!!!
    Since Christmas, I have a Nook…and love having all those titles in one lightweight, bulk-free compartment!!! Oh yummy…so much delicious writing to devour!!!!
    Is your daughter still there??? One of my girls is coming in from New Jersey tomorrow for the weekend!!! I can’t wait!!!!
    Hugs and prayers

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    • Hi Kristi, good to see you again.
      While at my dad’s last week I cleaned up half of his basement, and while down there I came across boxes of old books. Most were my mother’s and some were passed on to her from relatives before her. Don’t you love old books? I’m hoping someday to be able to fit those into my reading time.
      Yes, my daughter is still here from Alberta – with us for a few more days. It will be sad to see her go again.
      Enjoy your daughter when she is home those weekend days.
      Blessings. 🙂

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