Just out of curiosity, from one book lover to another, how fast do you read? You've got a lot of books, just like me. There's about three piles of books on my bookshelf I want to read, which grows as I just keep adding more. I can't stop buying books! I'll read them all...eventually....
I’m a fast reader. While I buy a lot of books, I also read a lot of books and I never seem to have more than 30 unread books on my bookshelf (which, some would argue is a lot, but personally I don’t consider it too extravagant).
So far this year I have read 50 books. I always complain that I don’t have any time to read, but I seem to find the time anyway. I often get up early in the morning to read a few hours before going to work/uni.
That said, I don’t think you should worry about your unread books. I went on a book-buying-ban in January/February and it turned out terribly. I bought more books than I’ve ever done before, and then I realized that while buying books means spending a lot of money, it also means spending a lot of money on something that you love. To built up a library is a life-long project and so is reading all those treasured volumes you have collected. In fact, I find it quite beautiful to have something to look forward to.
Even when reading is impossible, the presence of books acquired produces such an ecstasy that the buying of more books than one can read is nothing less than the soul reaching towards infinity. We cherish books even if unread, there mere presence exudes comfort, their ready access reassurance.
— A.E. Newton (via paperlover)