I was going through my bookshelf the other day, looking for space. You see, I have this awful habit of acquiring books even though I have books already. It's an obsession, really. And sometimes they tend to pile up. Right now, the three bookshelves in my bedroom are double-stacked and two of the four drawers of my dresser now hold books. So this week, I decided to do something about it. For every new book I bring into the house, I have to read/give away three books.
This isn't easy because sometimes I don't want to give up a book after I read it. But that just means I get to read more books before I bring one in the house, so that's not too much of a problem. The new system seems to be working to slim my shelves (I've already given six books away), but it's had an unexpected side effect. I'm finding all kinds of treasures I didn't know I had.
Last week, I started this fantastic English mystery series about an ex-pat American who moves to a village outside of London. It's called Arson and Old Lace and I finished it in a day. Of course now I want the second book, but not until I give away three more books. I also started Mary Jane Maffini's mystery series about a professional organizer. It's a kick to read and I wonder why I let those books sit on my to-be-read shelf for so long.
I suppose the good thing about waiting so long to start a series is that I don't have to wait for sequels. And it's fun wondering what other surprises are waiting on those bookshelves. I'll be sure to let you know what other treasures I find.