And a happy Sunday to you. It has been a quiet, productive week around here. Sorting through boxes shoved away in the basement, taking stuff to Goodwill and working on the school library, all the time thinking how quickly the summer is passing.
We are going through books, one of the hardest chores I know of. There is just not enough space on shelves for the number of books that accumulate in this house. Sometimes the choice is obvious. I will never read this book again. What do you think, Mr. G? Out it goes, to the bookstore or the Goodwill bag.
Sometimes it is not so obvious. I don’t think I will read this a second time, there is never enough time but, oh, I remember that bit about her stumbling along that path and finding..what? What did she find? The thought brings back a memory of the feeling this particular book evoked the first time I read it. Back on the shelf it goes, on the off-chance I will read it again. The shelves are a bit more orderly now. But then there are those boxes of books in the storage closet. The ones we never look at but can not bear to part with.
Even though we are on a book buying moratorium, there are still those thrift stores and our favorite used bookstores where we can trade books or find that $3.00 bargin. And those wonderful gift cards. And the people in our neighborhood who put boxes out on the curb, next to signs that say “free”. Just to give you an example of this, on Wednesday we went out to lunch and then stopped by Couth Buzzard Books, figuring we would just look. Yeah, right. After an hour or so, after promising myself I would leave empty-handed, what did I walk out with?
Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor, Small Island by Andrea Levy and A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. The thing is, I know I owned a copy of A Fine Balance at some point, never got around to reading it and gave it away.
Do you have this problem? The inability to say no when your eyes fall on the cover of a book you’ve craved. Growing piles of books to be read, or books you’ve read that you can’t let go of? How do you cope? Or do you just give in?
Have a wonderful week, and find pleasure in a good book.