Sunday, March 31, 2013

March - This Month in Reading

This was officially the worst month for reading that I have had since I started this blog in 2011. I literally read nothing in March. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Rien. Niets. Not a single word from a book met my eyes. I have no idea why, either.

On the positive side, I started several books in February so I can work on finishing those for April. I also started a book last night and got halfway through, so that's another work in progress that can help lessen the To Be Read books.

One other note: I think I have finally cured myself of my compulsion to hit the Library Sale shelves and  buy random 50 cent paperbacks: bedbugs. Mr. Kasap is obsessed with bedbugs, and apparently they are becoming a big issue these days. I'm terrified to inadvertently bring them into my home, because they are notoriously difficult to get rid of once you get them - it seems like nothing kills them! The other day I read an article about how bedbugs can take up residence in USED BOOKS and I about fell off my chair! As you can imagine, being a true bookworm, this was very, very disturbing, as the vast majority of my reading is done through the library or through inexpensive used books! As heartbreaking as this is, I think I have to stop bringing home used books. I just can't take the risk that I'd bring home bugs from someone else's infestation. On the plus side, maybe now I can concentrate on the books that are actually here and read those. It's really sad though :(

(Side thoughts - I am aware that "new" books could potentially harbor bugs too; and I am also aware that I could have already purchased infested books before reading the article. However, because I have issues with denial [ha ha], I have decided that all the TBR books are officially bug free, as it is too late to worry about them anyway. I'm also aware that library books I borrow could end up infested so I am going to skip borrowing books for now too, since I have so many on hand anyway. I'll maybe reevaluate if I ever run out of books on hand but for now it's a total ban :( This really blows because some of my TBR books are books that come later in a series, and I was planning to read the preceding books through the library rather than shell out the cash for new copies. I'll have to see how things play out on that front once I get there.)