November 25, 2005

Local Doings

So why, after posting sporadically if at all for many months, am I suddenly posting up a storm? And why so many negative reviews?

It's simply because I've been off work most of this week; and given that I'm not heavily involved in any personal projects at present, I've been taking the time to clean up my study. That necessarily involves organizing the stacks of books that have accumulated, and I've identified a number of categories, including the following:

  • Books I've not yet read.
  • Books I've started reading and mean to finish one day.
  • Books I've read and reviewed and want to keep.
  • Books I've read but not reviewed yet, that I want to keep.
  • Books I've read but not reviewed yet, that want to get rid of.
  • Books I've never finished reading and don't intend to ever finish reading and indeed intend to dispose of because I really didn't like them.

This categorization effort has had two immediate effects: first, the books that I've read but not reviewed are all together, on one shelf, staring me mercilessly in the face. So I've been trying to deal with them. Second, the kind of organization I'm attempting always involves a certain amount of purging of the book collection, which means donating books to the library, which needs to be done with expedition or else the boxes will sit around for ever. Consequently, I'm trying to focus on reviewing the ones I didn't like, especially the ones I didn't finish, so that I can get them out of the house.

So how are you spending your holiday?

Posted by Will Duquette at November 25, 2005 10:29 AM