You're way too hard on yourself. You are probably the most prolific reader here.
I think thats true. Yet, its funny to me because I feel I'm not well read since I all read is fiction novels. I havent read much of what they call brilliant literature.. mostly Sci-fi, Mysteries, and Crime Fiction. I may not be the most intellectual reader but I doubt anyone else on ISH reads with the fervor that I do.
I randomly entered a thrift store with my wife yesterday. I immediately saw a section for books in the back, so I pushed her aside into a pile of clothing, and rant to the books. I expected to see a bunch of random old books. I was looking to find maybe one or two that would capture my attention. However, to my surprise they had a lot of books and large quantity of them were new, meaning released in the past years. Some of them were books that I would have boughten at regular prices. I ended up purchasing 10 books for 5 bucks. Two of those being books that I would have payed full price for. It was awesome to find them.. and now I have enough books for the next month..
Charity shops and second hand bookstores are the SHIT. Most of my books are second hand, whenever I'm with people who insist on shopping I wander off and rummage through discount bookshops/thrift stores searching for the gems
I must have over a hundred unread books which I snapped up under the "too good/too much of a bargain to NOT buy" rule