Ah, the “to read” stack. It’s there whether you read for pleasure or for information, or for personal growth. Even the person least inclined to pick up a book in reality has a list of titles they mean to read some day.
While I’m constantly ticking away at my “to read” list, its volume is ever-increasing. Loving one author breeds the desire to explore their work further. The beginning of a great series starts a chain reaction that leads to consuming an entire saga. Stand-alone masterpieces inspire repeat experiences.
My ever-growing collection of unread books was once a source of frustration to me. I would sift through it regularly, weeding out less desirables in the hopes of one day completing the task of reading everything I wanted to.
How silly! What a mistake! I now look at my “stack” with pride and excitement, and here’s why:
“The Stack” Represents Unfulfilled Potential
It’s like a pile of kinetic energy. In “the stack”, I see my next favorite book, undiscovered life-changing stories and well-written phrases that teach me how to be a better writer. While I look at my collection of already read books with love and appreciation, I scope out my to-read list as if it was a room full of potential new friends.
It’s Clean & Shiny!
These books have never been cracked. These bindings have never been stressed. These pages have never been earmarked. It’s like having a bookstore in my bedroom. Yes, I care for the books I have, but they are full of post-it notes and have likely been carried more then several places. Even e-books and audiobooks have more charm when not-yet begun.
“The Stack” Prevents Boredom
If you’re a busy person (and I know you are), you rarely have time to be bored. However, you know you will have something to do on your day off. I look forward to these days come rain or shine. I know that, should I decide to neglect my housework (likely) or need entertainment (also likely), the stack will be there to help me.
To the mighty “to-read” list. May it ever grow.
What does “The Stack” mean to you? Be my newest friend and comment.