006: Books

January 6, 2012 § 1 Comment

In terms of sheer quantity, we have more books in our house than any other type of object. Our bookshelves – about 100 linear feet of them – are completely full. In some spots, paperbacks are shelved two-deep, with more books slid in horizontally on top, until the shelf is almost a solid mass of paper.

Every few years, when there’s no longer space on our shelves for the recently read, we put together a couple of bags of books (my mysteries and Paul’s science fiction) to donate or sell to a used book store, freeing up a shelf or two for the next round of purchases. And that’s what I did today, gathering up a dozen paperbacks that I didn’t particularly love when I read them, and that I’m happy to pass on to someone else.

Since Paul gave me an electronic reader last year, and got ebook software for his iPad, there’s much less pressure to clear shelf space to make room for new books. But why keep a book that you don’t think you’ll read again? I’m planning to have a lot more space on our bookshelves by the end of 2012.

(I had some help from Sergei with this evening’s photography. Such a good cat.)

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