World of Possibilities
The beauty of an unread library shouldn’t be undermined. Of course, there is pride in a collection of which every page has been read. However, overflowing stacks of books shouldn’t be a source of guilt. Unread books open up a world of possibilities and that is something to embrace.
Unread books contain wonders to be discovered and knowledge to be shared. The more unread books you’ve got, the more there is to look forward to.
Options for Every Occasion
Books, like wine, have their time and place. Different occasions call for different books. Some are better suited for winter, and others for summer. Some are light, others are more complex. Some are best enjoyed after dinner and others offer comfort.
Connoisseurs pride themselves in their wine cellar. Let bibliophiles pride themselves in the bookshelves. Don’t judge someone who has barely read a third of the books they own. Nobody expects wine enthusiasts to have sampled every bottle. Nay, that would be a travesty! They keep them and celebrate whenever a new bottle is opened. These bottles signify new experiences. That, to me, applies to books as well.
As a mood reader, I rarely ever read a book the moment it enters my home. The vast majority of new books are sorted onto my shelves. Many I only pick up a year, or two, or maybe three later. No shame in that. Knowing that there’s a book waiting for me that suits every one of my moods gives me comfort.
Even Unread Books Reflect their Owners
You can learn a lot about a person based on their favourite books. In the same vein, every book on their bookshelves tells you more about them. Even if they haven’t read a book, it can give you an idea what they care about. It can tell you who they are, who they used to be and perhaps who they wish to become as well.
The non-fiction books tell you their interests, whether they’re things that they actively pursue or hope to one day. Do they cook? Do they sew? Are they into theatre? A whole series of university textbooks will tell you what they majored in. The novels, even if unread let you know which genres they like. Most likely you might even learn which languages they speak.
See, books aren’t solely for the purpose of reading. Reading is the primary reason books exist but they do so much more. They open up the world, connect people, capture dreams, educate, build individuality, foster empathy, etc. All these begin with unread books.
Build Your Personal Library
Go forth and amass books that catch your fancy. Read books as soon as you acquire them or don’t. Just make sure you don’t actually drown in a sea of books. If you find that you’re way too overwhelmed, it still might be a good idea to cull your TBR pile. If an unread book no longer calls to you, don’t be afraid to cast it off.