One of my links over on the right is to
The Reader’s Place, a smaller website where a group of us chat about whatever we want that is book related. That is where I learned about Mt. Bookpile. I discovered it was the perfect name for all those unread books sitting in two or three boxes, a couple bags, and at least 3 bookshelves.
Mt. Bookpile tends to grow more than shrink. I’m always borrowing books from the local library as well so am not reading exclusively from my own stash. I have a policy of reading one library book, then a Mt. Bookpile book, switching between the two. But Mt. Bookpile doesn’t shrink.
I receive books for review – so those have to go to the top of Mt. Bookpile. Otherwise, publishers wouldn’t send them any more. I buy new books – today it was Todd and Anne McCaffrey‘s newest Pern novel, Dragon Harper. He was at the Mysterious Galaxy bookstore in San Diego, so he signed it and his other books that I own as well. That’s another book for Mt. Bookpile (sorry, though, Mr. McCaffrey, it won’t go directly to the top).
I’m forever popping into the library used bookstore – newer paperbacks for 50 cents and hardbacks for $3 are hard to resist. My daughter works for a library in the Los Angeles county library system, and I’ll get books from her Friends of the Library book table. Then, when my (or her) library has a big book sale, I can be counted on to walk away with a huge pile.
I do get things off – in the last few weeks I’ve written new reviews for Hot, Once Smitten Twice Shy, An Incomplete Revenge, and Christmas Around the World. But I’ve also taken Rosie Dunne, Red, Eat Cake, A Savage Place, White Lies, Divine Evil, and Beautiful Lies off Mt. Bookpile. Despite Christmas, I may have actually made Mt. Bookpile shrink a bit.
But next week I’ll be going to the big flea market and rock show that gathers in Quartzsite, Arizona, in January and February every year. I’m sure I’ll be shopping for books there, as well as kitchen gadgets. Something tells me those empty book case spots will get filled quickly.