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My troubles with Indian fiction | Notes from my Reading

I've been going through a reading spree. Over the past four weeks. I completed five books and am halfway through my sixth. This is huge for me. I'm not sure how long it will last, but if a slump comes through, that's alright - at least I'm having a good run at the moment. 
Indian fictionI don't read as many books written by Indian-origin authors or set in India or featuring Indian-origin characters as I want to. Part of it is due to poor track record so far - a lot of the same tropes keep showing up. When you know something intimately, it gets hard to look past the tropes. There are some books that I have loved and I could find more books by those authors, so part of the blame is on me and not the books. I've also not done well about reading Indian authors though I have quite a large collection of such books.This past week, I spent some time to find a book featuring Indian-American characters. I was intentionally looking for a light and fun read. (Mainly I was c…

Oh, there's another must-have ebook!

My physical bookshelves are overflowing with books. (Whose isn't?) Each time I get a new book, I squeal with excitement, exchange or rather I would give the book loving glances, probably read a couple of pages and then go put it in my bookshelf. Aah, then the guilt steps in - when I look at every other book that went through the same treatment, only to languish there for quite some time. There's nothing much I did to fix that. I probably encouraged it.

And then, I got a nook for my birthday.

So you know how it is when you get a credit card for the first time? Or when you look at some exciting product online and feel your fingers itching to buy it? You never see the cash leaving your hands, so you feel bliss when swiping the card or clicking that "Submit Order" button. What matters is you have the product in hand. Having an ereader feels similar. For once, I can't "see" the books I own anymore. Unless of course, I keep looking at my library, which I don't. You know the saying - Out of sight, out of mind! (Maybe I should close my eyes and put new books into my shelf.) Aah, there, I'm already trying to solve the wrong problem.

With all the free ebooks floating around, one needs more than control to keep away from adding them to an ereader. It's good for me that most of those free ebooks are paranormal or romance (the two genre I stay away from), or else I may end up with a bloated library. On top of that, B&N provides free ebooks every Friday - both classics and non-classics. Oh, and that classic ebooks treasure trove, Project Gutenberg. Also, let's not forget the irresistible new ebooks that get released every week. And finally, the ereader equivalent of review books - NetGalley. I think I have almost 20 new ebooks requested from NetGalley currently. Heck, if I had 20 review books sitting next to me (for all I know, there may be as many packed into all the boxes of books - since I'm moving this weekend), I would have a panic attack. It will take me a little more than two months to get through 20 books. What was I thinking when I requested that many ebooks at NetGalley? Oh yeah, out of sight, out of mind.

Which reminds me, I think it's been a couple of days since I last checked NetGalley! ::shudder:: And I haven't been on B&N since last Friday. I know I should resist. After all, wasn't that the point of this post? But, what if the title that will be my favorite book of all times is in there? ~scoots off to check the catalog~


It gets crazy doesn't it? I was looking through all of the books that I have on my iPod the other day and realized that I probably need a 12 step program. The first step is admitting that you have a problem, right?
bermudaonion said…
It sounds like you're really enjoying your nook! At least all the books on there will be easy to move.
You're so funny! I am exactly the same way with my kindle, but I completely forget the books that I have on it so I don't ever read them. Even worse, the Kindle sits in a drawer (talk about out of sight out of mind). Maybe I need to put the Kindle on the TBR shelf so I remember its existence! Have fun with your nook!
Oh, nice! The Nook is so, so cute. I've been thinking of getting a ebook reader for a while now, but I wasn't sure if I'd like it! I think you've convinced me, though...
Marce said…

I looked at my bookshelf last night and felt so guilty and still didn't choose something I went to my Kindle instead.

I got the emails from NetGallery also and I refuse to view the list because I am already out of control and feeling overwelmed....

Good luck, but all the books are just so exciting, lol
Tales of Whimsy said…
While with physical books I show restraint, I acquire digital books with reckless abandon. Every couple weeks I drop the stuff I'm not interested in currently reading in to my hard drive.
Looks like you are really enjoying your new gadget. eReaders are pretty amazing, I agree.