What’s your home library like? My book of favorites is a mess of battered paperbacks that I know I’ll go back and reread again so I don’t let go of them. I have a bookcase of reference materials beside my desk so I can reach and grab at any time. And I also have some crowded shelves that I need to thin from back when I was picking up books just because they looked interesting and I thought I might like to read them. (My shelves are organized enough that I know where a book is likely to be by bookcase. Examples forementioned: books I love go here, books I use go here, scripts I want to scan into digital files and then ditch are over there, etc. And then the two bookcases of stuff that I need to sort through and thin out.)
The problem is, my life has changed. I no longer spend so much time reading books that I pick up and read one just because it looks interesting. I have to really want or need to read it to spend the time on it.
I think my casual “that looks interesting” reading is now done on the internet.
And yet I still find myself ordering a book from Amazon or picking one up at the book store just because it looks interesting, and then, months or even years later, it still sits uncracked on my shelf.
I really need to get past this need to acquire and to own and to hold books unless they are books that I lust after.
But while I’m doing that, I also ran across something really cool. I don’t loan a lot of books because the ones I would loan are the ones I love and wouldn’t want to lose, and I learned better than to loan them when they stopped coming back.
But if I loaned books, I’d be tempted. I mean, these fit 3x5s and everything. And they’re so cute!
I am tempted to buy them the same way I’m tempted to buy books that look interesting, except that I’m sure they would go into my drawer until I needed them and that would be, probably never. Or I’d stick them in a few books but not loan those books out. Or something.
So tell me about your books, your home library. Stacks everywhere or neatly shelved? You’ve read them all a gazillion times or many are to-be-reads? You can find any book at any time or you’d hunt for days to find one?