I was updating my list of books read in 2015, and I noticed how many books had “(reread)” after them, and how many had “(re-reread)” after them. Out of 98* books I’ve read so far this year, 17 were “rereads” and 27 were “re-rereads”. Out of the 98 books I’ve read so far this year, 44 of them, almost half, I had read at least once before, and 27 of them I have read more than once. That means only 54 of the books I’ve read so far this year were books I’ve never read before. And only three of those were books nobody had read before — books bought new because they had just been published, and each new book bought shot my book buying budget for the month — I could have bought five used books for what the one new book cost. It’s called “budgetary constraints,” a reflection of the fact that since I quit my part-time job this spring, I only have one source of income any more and thus have very little in the way of discretionary funds. Yes, I know. But the public library in this town doesn’t have the kinds of books I like to read. Sigh. In all fairness, though, now that I’m not working, I do have to admit that my hands don’t hurt so much any more.