Hello and happy Monday (happy because it's one day closer to the next weekend...) I don't have anything new sewing-wise to show today. Yesterday, inspired by Laurie at Crazy Aunt Purl and the fact that my local library was asking for donations for a book sale, I went on a wild tear and sorted through my way-too-many-books book collection. Being a English literature/history/anthropology/historic architecture/cookbook/general collector-type person, all my book shelves were overflowing into piles on the floor (let's not even start to discuss quilt books OK?). I am happy to report that five, full, paper grocery bags of books went bye-bye out the door to new owners and there are no longer piles of books on the floor (however some shelves remain double-stacked).
Why is it so hard to get rid of books? Does anyone else have this problem? What are your attachments to books? I think I still have the university mentality that I'll need some of them for reference again. Or maybe it's because I spent hard-earned money on them. Or went digging through used-book stores for this book or that book. Or because I love how eclectic collections of books make a house a home.
Do you think people find personality clues about people from the books on their shelves (thinking "oh how weird" or "well she's well read" or "doesn't she ever dust??!!?" ?
Some books I'll probably keep forever (author-signed books or my absolute favorites), but others I wonder why I keep hauling around from place to place when they are readily available elsewhere (Stephen King, I love you, but I'm talking about the 200 lbs. and endless linear feet your stories take up).
Has anyone gotten rid of physical books and replaced them with e-books yet? (I really can't imagine this world but probably need to visit every now and then...)
Comment away....I'm really interested.
And now for something completely different....a very funny slideshow for cat people out there courtesy of Slate (via S. who emailed it to me) follow this link to (the tongue-in-cheek) article:
Cats of War: The Pentagon's top-secret feline special-operations program, revealed
PS: This would be right up Edgar Poe's alley but Stella would beat him paws down in stealth.