"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested." (Francis Bacon)

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Booking through Thursday

Booking Through Thursday

  1. Do you like to keep your books nearby? Do you collect them? Pile, stack, shelve, hoard them? Or do you get rid of them, send them back to the library, give them away, once you've read them? My books are all over the place. There are bookcases in the living room, den, bedroom, hall. Cookbooks I rarely if ever use are in the kitchen. I weed the herd, uh, collection regularly to make room for new ones. I've donated to libraries, tossed the ones in poor condition or are out-of-date nonfiction.


  1. Firstly great blog!

    I went to IKEA and bought new bookshelves, big ones, large enough for all of my books but within a year I had run out of space again. There is no more room in my apartment unless I start getting rid of furniture. Can you aleep on books? Now I have started getting rid of the books I consider trash fiction, eg James Patterson, Anita Shreve etc. Kept all my favourites and all the ones in Spanish. Still have stacks that won't fit into the existing shelves.
    Reading Julian Barnes 'Arthur & George' at the moment and loving it....

  2. ok, popped over here from your main site, after a stop at Comics, and I think I'm in love, and I think I may never ever leave your blogs -- Wow!
    My books are organized, theme and author; separated by quality and feng shui (thrashed paperbacks or sports biographies do not match the living room furniture); and stacked on far too many surfaces throughout the house. There are too many books on the shelf unread, but I can't stop adding to the collection (addiction?)
    And is it because you're a Librarian I am paranoid about spelling errors?

  3. I'm glad you're enjoying my blogs, JK. :)

  4. I've got 4 shelves of books - 2 of them are 3 paperbacks deep, and the other 2 are 2 paperbacks deep. However I've now got books spilling onto my desk and from 2 new wall shelves. I need more shelves. Or I need to learn to let go, and sell some of my cheap and out of date books. Or even give some away. I've done that sometimes - taken a couple of books to work, send a company-wide email to say that what's available to the first one at my desk. They're usually gone in an hour.