Troubling Thought Isn’t It?

BY COLLETTE CAMERON

The-Earl's-EnticementI just added three more books to my to-be-read list today.

I honestly don’t know how many I have saved to my Kindle or jotted on the little notebook I keep for those “great finds.”  Then, there is my IPad, plus all the print books I have stacked on my nightstand and in my writing room bookcase.

I finally forced myself to purge my print novels a few years ago. I only kept about fifty hardbacks, and truthfully, I’ll likely never reread the ones I’ve already read. There are just so many additional tantalizing stories begging me to crack their covers open and dive in.

I think the convenience of eReaders has contributed greatly, not only to my ever-increasing to-be-read list, but other avid readers’ lists as well. The books are easy to store and are certainly less expensive to purchase, though I do love a print novel in my hands.

Like most authors, I’m an ardent reader. In fact, I don’t know a single author who isn’t. I know it was my love of reading that laid the foundation for me to eventually try my hand at writing. I have a book in my car and carry my Kindle nearly everyplace I go, because if I’m not writing, I’m reading. I even read while I watch TV.

Drives my hubby nuts!

Today, while my third grade class was at the pool for swimming lessons, I dutifully corrected papers, wrote parent thank yous, perused the end-of-the-year check-list and made some notes. Glancing at my watch, I discovered I had eight whole minutes remaining until the shivering darlings darted to the locker rooms.

Out came the Kindle.

At once, I was deeply immersed in a delightful Regency, and since I was 94% through the book, things were moving along quite nicely. Then, I got the oddest feeling someone was reading over my shoulder. Sure enough, I turned around, and one of my students who had a cold and couldn’t swim today, was busily reading away.

He grinned at me, and I felt myself blushing. Thank goodness there was nothing on the screen an eight year-old shouldn’t see. What an unpleasant thought, but that’s not the one I was thinking of when I started writing this.

So, what is the troubling thought?

At the rate I’m adding books to my reading shelves, I may never read them all before I cock up my toes. I’d like to die trying though.

How many books do you have on your must read list? Be honest now.

I’m not going to judge you!


Award winning, Amazon best-selling, and multi-published historical romance author, Collette Cameron, has a BS in Liberal Studies and a Master’s in Teaching.  A Pacific Northwest Native, Collette’s been married for thirty years, has three amazing adult children, and five dachshunds. Collette loves a good joke, inspirational quotes, flowers, the beach, trivia, birds, shabby chic, and Cadbury Chocolate. You’ll always find dogs, birds, quirky—sometimes naughty—humor, and a dash of inspiration in her novels. Her motto for life? You can’t have too much chocolate, too many hugs, or too many flowers. She’s thinking about adding shoes to that list.

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8 thoughts on “Troubling Thought Isn’t It?”

  1. Great post! I have hundreds on my Kindle, some on my iPhone, hundreds more paperbacks. I don’t think I can ever read them all either. 🙂

  2. LOL. Actually, I have become very, very picky about what I read, because although I read A LOT, I also read a lot more slowly than I used to. I still have a pretty big TBR pile but it doesn’t seem to be growing any faster than I can read it. 🙂

  3. I’m lucky that my husband likes to read almost as much as I do. Now I just need to get through my growing TBR list. Tweeted.

  4. I put fewer and fewer books on my Kindle because I too am picky sbout what I read. So many books, so little time. Great post!

  5. I actually consider my TBR STACKS my life insurance policy. As I am certain God gave me this addiction to reading he would not be so cruel as to take me before I finish reading ALL of the books I have. The more I have the longer I live. Right now it looks as if I’ve got at least another 200 years to go. 🙂 As I live alone the entire house is mine. As such, the accumulation of “dead tree” copies of my favorite books does not bother me at all. I do have a Kindle and it is loaded with books, but most of them are books for which there is no print copy. And some books – Courtney Milan, Grace Burrowes and any of my critique partners – I have in Kindle and print!

  6. Barbara, I’ve downloaded books and later deleted them without reading them for that very reason. Though I’ll never get to all the ones I want to read, like Vonda said, I, too, have become more selective.

  7. Like Ella, I’m very lucky my husband loves to read as much as I do. Every spare moment I have is spent with my nose stuck in a book. I laughed at your eight minutes left to read. I can so relate! I keep my iPad with me at all times so I can jump in at any moment.

    Great post, and congratulations on releasing The Earl’s Enticement!!!

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