Right, how to start?

Well, how about: Welcome to my blog!

To learn something about me, visit my about page.

I will use this blog to chronicle the books I read and to tell others how I felt about the books

To start of with a quote by Umberto Eco (one of my favourite writers) :

The writer Umberto Eco belongs to that small class of scholars who are encyclopedic, insightful, and non dull. He is the owner of a large personal library (containing thirty thousand books), and separates visitors into two categories: those who react with ‘Wow! Signore professore dottore Eco, what a library you have! How many of these books have you read?’ and the others – a very small minority – who get the point that a private library is not an ego-boosting appendage but a research tool. Read books are far less valuable than unread ones. The library should contain as much of what you do not know as your financial means, mortgage rates, and the currently tight read-estate market allows you to put there. You will accumulate more knowledge and more books as you grow older, and the growing number of unread books on the shelves will look at you menacingly. Indeed, the more you know, the larger the rows of unread books. Let us call this collection of unread books an antilibrary.

(source: The OF Blog)

The title of this blog, Managing the Reading Pile is meant to convey my dilemma: on the one hand I would like to buy as many books as I could, but on the other hand, my wife, my salary and my time wouldn’t allow me to read all of them. ┬áSo I try to find a way in between unlimited buying and being without any new books to read completely.

At this moment I’ve still got 142 books to look forward to reading, so I’m not complaining or moaning about my Reading Pile!