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5 thoughts on “July 28.19

  1. Can a person really have too many books? πŸ™‚ When we downsized about 18 years ago, I got rid of all my books except for maybe a dozen that had some type of personal connection. It was horribly painful to dispose of them, but once I did and got acquainted with our local library I am so much happier. I borrow, I read, I return. πŸ™‚ I was never one to reread a book anyway so looking back I’m not sure why I had to have all those bookcases full of books. I’m sitting here looking at about a dozen gardening books, and when I need to know something I google it. I really don’t need them either. πŸ™‚ But, I will admit to having seven library books here right now. One doesn’t want to run out of reading material, right? πŸ™‚

  2. Alas, yes, a person CAN have too many books, and I should know! I’ve got rid of many of my books, but I have not been as brave as you. To whittle a lifetime’s library down to about a dozen would be awful. “Horribly painful” is understatement, I think. You are good example, though, and you are absolutely right about the value of the library and how it won’t do to be without reading material. To turn a page will always be one of life’s good times.

  3. I find mine do. That’s the only way to account for piles that form beside the bed.

    When I’ve tried to give my books away, I’ve found that the ones I don’t want, nobody else wants either. Can’t really blame them! I bought a second hand copy of King Lear the other day. I do have a complete works, but it is really heavy to read from, so I generally prop the computer up with it. It was supposed to be in VG condition but turned out to have a whole heap of comments like ‘all a bit worrying’ marked on it.

    • King Lear “a bit worrying”?? That takes the prize for understatement, I’d say! Having another reader’s comments in something like Lear would be most intrusive. I have two copies of The Complete Works because one was my dad’s and I can’t bear to part with either, but, yes, they are heavy reading indeed. These mysterious generations of books next to our beds is one remarkable life force.

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