Post 38/2021 Friday 17 September . . . Boxes and boxes of books sit in our garage. They’re the remainder of our library already halved over the last dozen years. Our home is plenty roomy, has books on the shelves, but another shelf is not in the offing. I decided this week (Marty having decided long ago) to radically prune the lot.
The deed is yet to be done, though I find the decision most liberating, for us, and for the books that have languished in boxes for almost three years. We’ll donate many to Fables Books in downtown Goshen. Friends may want a few. We’ll keep some.
Peel, peel, chop, chop, slice, slice, season, season, taste, taste, serve, serve, yum, yum–just as in cooking, so in planning our new menu of books, we’ll look for the ripest, juiciest, varied, entertaining, informative, inspiring, dearest of the lot. May this leaner mix of reading fulfill our interests and appetites, all in the knowledge that others may find a treasure or two, too. LONG LIVE THE BOOK! (And Fables and the public library).
6 thoughts on “Pruning the books”
Sorting out the past: what needs to be kept and what needs to go? Good luck with all the gleaning of the books!
May the God of Wonder be with you, delighting you with the beauty of sunrise and the majesty of sunset, with the song of the bird and the fragrance of the flower. —Maxine Shonk, OP
Thanks for the encouragement. When you visit we’ll have a few books to whet your whistle. A surprise awaits.
What would the world be without books? The best part before anticipating the contents is smelling the book, then looking at the copyright, reading about the author, then curling up and being transported somewhere else with new friends or those to be wary of. So many places to go and visit. Happy reading indeed.
I wish you well as you sort, remember, and trim your library! It’s painful to give up the books that have become friends as well as the ones still to be read — but it sounds like you’re seriously committed to downsizing. I like your stance of thinking of the joy someone else may receive from owning the book — may it be so!
So it is we sometimes have to say goodbye to books that have become friends. There is a time for everything, right? Also a time to expand the friendship circle (err, space on the self).