Operation Bookworm is my mission to read all the books that share my home. I’ve always found comfort strolling the smelly aisles of a local used bookstore or perusing the “Staff Picks” at major chains. It’s impossible for me to pass by a bookstore without going in, and it’s impossible for me leave without book(s) in hand. That said, I’ve never really been a committed reader. I just really love books.

As a result, over the years I’ve collected way too many partially read books. During one recent impulse purchase, I decided to give myself a rule: no more spending money on books until I read everything I’ve already got. (Hopefully my wallet will thank me in the end).

So, I set up a system:

  1. Start by reading all the books I just purchased (A recent spree has left me with a handful of impulsively purchased books).
  2. Read one bookshelf at a time from top left corner to bottom right corner – moving through all bookshelves in the apartment.
  3. Anything that I have not read within the last year is fair game.
  4. Make a decision after reading each book about whether to keep it, donate it, or give it to a friend (in an effort to de-clutter).
  5. It doesn’t matter if the book is mine or Eric’s, it must be read. (I’m going to learn a lot about Zombies and Vampires and Physics!)
  6. Reference books don’t count (I’m not even going to pretend to read the dictionary).
  7. Write a thoughtful review of each and every book here on this blog.

I’m no more qualified to be reviewing these books than all you other folks out there, but it’s been a real goal of mine to write regularly (something I often neglect) and I’m hoping this will help me develop a habit of it.


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