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How many books do you own that you haven't read (yet)?

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mynameisred Sat 23-Aug-14 20:01:11

I've decided not to buy any books for a year and am currently going through
my bookshelves to see which books I still haven't read.

I'm not even halfway through and have already found enough for a year of reading. Please tell me I'm not alone in this...

mistyegg Sat 23-Aug-14 20:08:17

I have 4 pages of unread books on my Kindle as well as about 10-15 paperbacks - they are all ones I want to read but just haven't got round to yet...

I keep getting hooked into either MN threads of books I'd like to read as well or just browsing on Amazon and getting moreblush

InternetFOREVER Sat 23-Aug-14 20:10:01

Around 125, and still I buy more blush. I could get through them in a couple of years if I went on a total booking-buying ban!

FiveGoMadInDorset Sat 23-Aug-14 20:11:15

50ish books and 140 on the kindle

MrsDavidBowie Sat 23-Aug-14 20:13:41

About 50 on Kindle and 20 real books

mynameisred Sat 23-Aug-14 20:14:31

125 - I fear I have more than that. I'm currently at 45 but I'm not even halfway through my books.

And I don't even have a kindle - mistyegg do you buy more books on the kindle because it's so easy to do ? Or would you buy just as many paperbacks ?

mynameisred Sat 23-Aug-14 20:17:58

FiveGoMadInDorset I think I have about 200 unread as well but physical books blush .

PacificDogwood Sat 23-Aug-14 20:20:12


How can you physically have a book and not read it??
I could not bear that.

mynameisred Sat 23-Aug-14 20:23:58

None ? shock

How is that possible ? grin

FiveGoMadInDorset Sat 23-Aug-14 20:27:37

My kindle ones are all cheapy deals and ones that I would give to charity shops if I had read them. I keep looking at them all and need to read more MN less.

mynameisred Sat 23-Aug-14 20:31:34

How can you physically have a book and not read it??

I read books all the time, that isn't the problem. The problem is book sales and friends giving me armful of books.

mistyegg Sat 23-Aug-14 20:46:49

It is very easy to buy for the Kindle - I often end up browsing and clicking on books I like either on my phone - even while on the Kindle itself.

I would definitely own more paperbacks if I didn't have the kindle - I tended to use local charity shops, Amazon and the book people for ones I liked before I got the Kindle.

I love reading but with two young DC's and a heavy workload as well as trying to make some time for DH, family and friends, I don't get to do anywhere near as much as I'd like to - I think by buying the books I'm still a little bit connected to reading even if it's slightly wishful thinking I'll read them anytime soon.

<gazes wistfully at books gathering dust on bookshelf>

HumblePieMonster Sat 23-Aug-14 20:51:20

Might be a hundred. I love to buy books. I'm looking forward to having time to read them... soon...perhaps....

combust22 Sat 23-Aug-14 20:58:00

I own 4000 books and haven't read one of them.

mynameisred Sat 23-Aug-14 21:02:16

Yes I love buying books too, and also love having several good books right here waiting to be read. I just hadn't realised I had quite so many that I still want to read. Feel like a prepper smile

AnnOnymity Sat 23-Aug-14 21:03:07

At a very rough guess 2000.

mynameisred Sat 23-Aug-14 21:04:37

4000! shock

You win! Do you own a bookshop ?

MrsCosmopilite Sat 23-Aug-14 21:05:26

Of all the fiction books I own there is just one I haven't read. I bought it last month but I've had a pile of 15 books from the library to read.

I read whenever I can. Evenings, meal times, in the bath.... if DD would settle the hell down at night I'd get through books far faster than I do now.

whitewineandchocolate Sat 23-Aug-14 21:07:03

About 6 books and 30 or so on my kindle and I thought that was bad! Haven't bought many this year at all so I feel like I'm slightly catching up.

FiveGoMadInDorset Sat 23-Aug-14 21:36:04

Underestimated 112 books and 155 on kindleshock

mynameisred Sat 23-Aug-14 22:09:34

Ah you might have more than me smile. I guess I have around 250 unread. I found several books that I'd forgotten that I bought. It's quite nice actually, like having your own little bookshop at home.

Will never buy a kindle that would be fatal...

CheesyBadger Sat 23-Aug-14 22:14:46

I have around 50 I haven't read. I did the ban on book buying and managed to only buy 2 and got some hardbacks for birthday and Christmas. (They don't count!grin)

bigTillyMint Sat 23-Aug-14 22:16:24

Quite a few on my Kindle!

The downside of Kindling is that I no longer swap good books with friendssad

GlaceDragonflies Sat 23-Aug-14 22:20:50

About 500 on my kindle, all freebies.
Not many on my book shelves, I read the ones I wanted to and then gave them to a charity shop. The ones I have left are ones that are worth reading again when I retire

ShadowStar Sat 23-Aug-14 22:22:59

Far too many.

I can't start counting now. I'd be up all night.

I need to just avert my eyes whenever I walk past anywhere that sells books.

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