"About 95% of the books I own haven’t been read."Eek! I understand having a selection of unread books for different moods but this just seems ridiculous unless they own ten books and haven't read nine and a half of them. ::wink::
I have said it before but I consider most of my books as entertainment in the same way that I think of movies. Would I ever buy a DVD to watch it once and then just enjoy seeing it sit on the shelf? No way! So why would I do that with a book? And even better than a movie, the entertainment of a book can last for days! If I don't like a book, I don't keep it. And I'm even getting better about borrowing books from the library first instead of buying them unless I'm sure they will be keepers. If I love a book after I've read it at the library, I then put it on a mental list to buy at some point -- probably the point that I want to re-read it.
The way I see it, books are decorative but they aren't for decoration. Books are meant to be read. Otherwise, you're just a hoarder. What's the difference if you have a house full of old newspapers that you will never read again or craft kits that you will never assemble? Nothing. They're just there to satisfy some superficial need but they don't enrich your mind or your soul.
So my challenge to you non-re-readers is to head over to your shelves and find a book that you remember fondly. Pull it down ... and read it! Maybe you don't love it anymore or maybe you love it for entirely different reasons. How will you ever know if you don't read it again? If you do this, come back and comment on your re-read experience. If you are already a re-reader, help me convince the others why it's fun and exciting to revisit a book.
Looking fondly at my disintegrating books and those waiting to disintegrate,