I inadvertently gave one of my readers a laugh this week.


I was responding to an email they had sent me and happened to mention that I am currently going through a self-imposed ban on buying new physical books. This is something I do every once in a while when I find the stacks of unread books that have been piling up on the study floor have got out of hand.

But what I also happened to mention is that whenever I feel the need to roll out this self-imposed limitation, I find myself increasingly drawn to reading the shorter books in my to-be-read pile. It doesn’t matter how appealing a volume might otherwise be, if it’s much more than two hundred pages then it’s got no chance.

I’m not sure this actually helps much in clearing space, since one big book could free up as much as two smaller ones, but my brain obviously feels a lot better getting through the two small ones. Daft, really, but what can you do?

Maybe I should start tracking my reading not by the volume but by the inch. Of course, if you happen to be an ebook only reader then this isn’t something that will bother you, but I do like the feel and smell of the physical variety.


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