This awful photo taken on my phone and then further decayed by editing software is of the five remaining titles in the 'Literature' section of my Read Up List, but I got to thinking yesterday about how keen I really was to read through them all.
I'd already read the prose section of the Aphra Benn collection and the first play, then realized that that was enough for me. I then picked up the Byron anthology and thought about starting in on that. It then finally sank in that I really wasn't interested in either it or the Coleridge anymore. Sorry chaps, but I'm just not that fussed about poetry etc! I wondered why I'd even bought them and think it was at the time when I was quite into literature and wanted to have read all the major works. I've long since ceased to be bothered about that. Deciding to roll with that is quite a release!
Next I moved on to looking at the 16th and 17th century fiction anthologies. I did start the 17C one a while ago, but got so bogged down in the first story that I gave up. It was over 200 pages without any sort of break or division whatsoever and incredibly hard to follow into the bargain! Anyway, I've decided to give that volume a second chance, but to start on the second story and then try out the Elizabethan/16C one.
I also got to thinking that, as I am realistically never going to learn New Testament Greek or Biblical Hebrew (I have a huge enough challenge ahead getting through the living language texts I own), I could safely give up those volumes too. I feel certain there'll be online resources if I get back into that sometime, to say nothing of more up to date textbooks available.
So, that's another five books already shifted and two more 'de-pressured', so that I feel quite free to dump them if I find them a chore to read. The current inventory is now down to about 484, although I haven't updated the original inventory blog page yet, and probably won't until we move.