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30 May

Hello. My name’s Sherri, and I have a problem. I have too many books.

Now, you might say, “Sherri, you have too many books? That’s unpossible! It’s like saying that you have too much love in your life, or too many puppies to hug.

While that’s certainly true, my real problem is that while I have a zillion books (give or take a frillion), I haven’t even read most of them. So that’s not a problem. That’s an effin’ tragedy, right there.

Rarely am I able to pass a bookstore without popping in “just for a few minutes”, and leaving an hour with a bag full of books and a noticeably lighter wallet. This habit of mine, combined with less time to read, has led to an enormous backlog of books. And, of course, that’s not even counting the books that I want to read, but don’t own.

The number of books I’ve read in my spare time since high school and college has been dwindling. It’s almost embarrassing how little I was reading—maybe 20 books per year. Before the internet, I always had my nose in a book. I blame both being an adult—stupid responsibilities!—and just plain laziness for my lapse in leisure reading. The internet is a wondrous, magical thing, but at the same time, it is such a huge time-suck. Do you know how many Youtube videos there are of adorable beagles doing adorable things? I do. BECAUSE I’VE SEEN ALL OF THEM.

In order to rid myself of this terrible non-reading habit, I made a New Year’s resolution. This isn’t something I usually do, because I know I have zero willpower. (See: my beagle overload). I made a goal on Goodreads to read 104 books in 2012, and so far, so good. I’ve read 48 books! You can see my currently-reading list over in the sidebar. Not everything I’m reading has come from my own shelves, but I’ve started to make a good dent in my unread fiction collection.

Earlier this year, I also signed up for a library card. It’s the first time I’ve had one since college. The reason I haven’t had a library card in so long is because the public library in my town has hardly any books. (I can’t explain that one either.) Luckily, they do offer access to the Overdrive service, so I’ve found it easy to devour a ton of books using that. I always have my phone on me, and I always have several books on my phone.

I hope this trend will continue. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to get in all the reading I would like to do. Can we get someone working on adding more hours to the day, please? It’s 2012, you’d think science would have that figured out by now. Also, maybe someone could recommend a good nudist colony I could join? Think of all the time I could save by not having to do laundry! A girl can dream…

Do you have a backlog of unread books, as well? Have you tried setting goals using an online service? Let me know in the comments.


The dreaded first post

19 Apr


This is my first post just to get it out of the way. I know all of zero people are clamoring to read it.

Here’s what I hope to accomplish with this blog (for my personal reference, in case I forget. I’m pretty bad with follow-through.):

1. Improve my writing skills. I have hardly written anything since high school. I went to college, but it was for graphic design, and we had to write very few papers. I feel that I’m a competent enough writer—I know when sentences don’t make sense, for instance—but I just lack the practice.

2. Document my garden’s progress. This is the third year I have had a garden, and I’ve found myself wishing I could remember what it was like at this time last year and the year before.

3. There is no number 3.

So let’s just crack on then, shall we?*

*I’m not British, but I am a bit of an Anglophile. It’s probably important that you know that.