Like many readers, from time to time I acquire more books than I can feasibly read in a reasonable amount of time. I have a difficult time saying no to cheap or free books, even if they are not something that I am necessarily interested in at the moment. These are mostly books that I hope to read someday, but I don’t have any real idea when that will be. In an effort to keep myself from having an outrageous amount of these books, I started stacking them on the shelf over my desk, so I see them frequently. Unfortunately, there are a couple of books that languished on this shelf for most of 2019. I actually decided to get rid of a few unread books recently that I cannot see myself reading soon, which is progress! Still, I have decided that in the next year I must either read or donate all of these books. I don’t have room for extra books that I will not read, and I don’t like the thought of hoarding books that I am not enjoying when someone else could benefit from them. So, this post is a mini-shelf tour showcasing the books I currently have that must be read by the end of 2020 or else I must donate them in 2021.
1. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
I know, what good English major hasn’t read Jane Eyre? Probably the same one who just read Wuthering Heights for the first time in 2018. Anyways, it’s here.
2. Elsie Dinsmore by Martha Finley
I promise this entire list is not moody classics, it just starts off with a few. Elsie Dinsmore is one that I have started to read several times, but it is so sad and the characters are so obnoxious that I cannot get past the first few chapters. And yet, I own a copy, and 2020 is going to be the year that I read this book or get rid of it.
3. Evangeline by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Another classic that I have started multiple times and never finished. I’m hoping that having my Bachelor’s degree will help me understand this epic more than I could as an undergrad.
4. When Christ Comes by Max Lucado
A few years ago my Grandma gave me several of her books. I’m not one to turn down free books, and she was so eager that I have them, but sadly most of them are still unread. This is one of them. If I don’t get through this book in 2020, then regardless of sentimentality, I need to let it go.
5. Partners in Prayer by John C. Maxwell
Like When Christ Comes, this is another book I received from my Grandma. It’s about the importance of praying for your pastor, and does look pretty interesting.
6. My Life in Middlemarch by Rebecca Mead
I bought this very cheaply at a library book sale about two years ago, thinking that Rebecca Mead was someone else. I don’t remember who I thought she was anymore. Anyways, I have the book, and I might as well read it. Maybe I should read Middlemarch before reading this biography? Anyways, 2020 is the end of the line for this book and I.
7. Castle of Concrete by Katia Raina
I won Castle of Concrete from a Goodreads giveaway last year! I have been eager to read it but got caught up in reading other books to fulfill the specific goals I set last year. I don’t want this to be one that sits around for years and years, so I am including it in this list.
8. The Rules of Love & Grammar by Mary Simses
This book caught my eye while shelving a while ago, so when I saw it at a library book sale (not the same one that I got My Life in Middlemarch from), I had to snag it. It has a beautiful cover, and as much as I know that is not necessarily indicative of the story inside, I’m hopeful that in this case the two align. Also, the blurb says it is about the protagonist learning “how to move on without forgetting where she came from,” which seems to fit where I am in life.
9. Writing with Style: Conversations on the Art of Writing by John R. Trimble
My brother-in-law gave this to me when he was cleaning out some of his college books. Now seems like a good time to read it.
In addition to the books in this list, the shelf over my desk holds a small coloring book, my OBU mug full of writing utensils, and a mini-mason jar that I use for storing extra hand sanitizer. My book journal is also there, a birthday gift from my amazing best friend which I am excited to use for prepping book reviews.
Does anyone else set deadlines to either read or get rid of books? If you have a post or list with these, leave your link in a comment so we can hold each other accountable!
Until the next chapter,