Wednesday, March 19, 2014

It's Been a Week of Books

My only bookshelf: all books needing to be
read, and a box on the side full of books I've
read that are ready to head out to the garage.
I've been so good at regulating my book buying, that my book binge this week took me by a bit of a surprise. Part of it, I'm sure, is that I've been dreaming about moving my books into my new home library at the end of the year.  My books will have been in storage for two years at that point, and I get a little giddy thinking of unboxing them, cleaning them, organizing them, and shelving them where I can actually see them all. In the last eighteen months, the only books I see on a daily basis are the dreaded TBR books (well, some of them) because of my limited shelf space.  I thought it would be terrible to having them looming over me, but while I do miss seeing all my dearly loved books, it has been rather nice to have the constant reminder of new friends to come.  Plus, its pretty much the first thing I see in the morning and the last thing I see before falling asleep, which is a treat no matter how you look at it.

So this week my local book shop - which previously required a bit of a walk to get to (just a bit) - moved less than a block away.  Danger! Danger!  Yeah, so I bought some books there....Eleanor & Park, another copy of The Rosie Project to loan out, The Lighthouse Road, and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. I had to welcome them to my block and check out the new space.  That is one thing that will make it hard to leave the neighborhood once our rebuild is complete!

Also this week, I noticed a Crown Books Liquidation Center nearby, so of course I had to go check that out.  I came home with a copy of The Art of Fielding to loan out, The Position by Meg Wolitzer (since I enjoyed The Interestings so much), Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant by Anne Tyler, and Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner.

As if those weren't enough, I let myself go into Barnes & Noble, where I bought Longbourn by Jo Baker, The Dinner by Herman Koch, and two pictorial history books about my area...just because I figured that was something that should be on my shelf.

Meanwhile, I'm still busy busy with house design. It's been a long haul, but (as my husband reminded me this morning) we are more than halfway through! We can do it! We've discovered that we are extremely particular and have therefore ended up doing many things ourselves.  (It's the whole If You Want Things Done Right, You've Got to Do It Yourself.) However, we are still hoping to be done near the end of summer one way or another.  One thing is certain: it will be a little while before we jump into another major remodel!

That's all I've got for now.  I've actually been doing a lot of reading - hopefully I'll be able to post about some of those titles soon!


  1. How fun it'll be to unpack all those old friends! I'm excited for you. Ha! I love your book buying binge. Well....maybe I should use a more gentle word? Longbourn has been on my radar. You'll have to let us know how you like it.

    1. I held out against Longbourn because I didn't think I was up for a Pride and Prejudice spin-off, but I feel like it got pretty good reviews and shouldn't take too long to read. Besides, I can't resist reading about the servants. Lord knows if I'd been born in Regency era England I'd be a scullery maid (or some such) myself!

  2. That book stack of yours has a lot of good ones in there. I only have two bookshelves in my house. One that is every changing and holds my immediate TBR list, and a longer one that holds the titles near and dear to my heart. But, that one is filling up and I feel the need to get one other for the living room. Ah, to have such problems.

    1. Good to hear that you have a TBR bookshelf too - I actually like it. It's like having my own personal bookstore, and that is a much better feeling than the guilt I was expecting! I have a feeling that I'm going to have a lot of empty shelves in the new house...that's where I can echo you: Ah, to have such problems. :)


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