How long do you keep unread books on the shelf?
As I looked over my books, my eye glancingly paused on each title that I bought with such good intentions over the last few years, but never read. Lady Audley’s Secret, A Strange Manuscript Found in a Copper Cylinder, Summer Tree, No Fond Return of Love, The Raphael Affair…the list goes on. And, as I looked at these fine specimens, I wondered why I was keeping them and if good intentions should have an expiration date.
So, with my impending move making the decision to keep or donate certain books more pressing, I decided to go on a spree. I would read as many of these good intentions books as possible before leaving New York and finally know if I loved them and needed them in my collection or if they were destined for the book donation bin at the nearest NYPL branch.
I’ll be updating this post over the next two weeks with the results of my reading frenzy, but for now, tell me: how long do you keep unread books? Are they lifers or do you boot them after a certain amount of time?