Books, books and more books. While hanging out with one of my besties sorting out her dad’s house, we sorted through a lot of books. Literally thousands of books. The diversity of the topics, titles and languages amongst his books was simply mind blowing. Her dad speaks 7 languages so the diversity of literature was also in 7 different languages. What an ability it is must be to speak 7 languages.
Even more impressive was the depth and breadth of knowledge, information and story telling that he has absorbed in his life time.
Going through the books, which included beautiful mint condition first editions, tatty old paperbacks and an array of all hard and soft covers in between, got me thinking about the love of reading. I love to read but often lament the fact I seem to always be short of time. Beside my bed, in my car, on my desk and scattered and shelved all round my home, are piles of books. Some half read, some not opened and others being read for the second, third or ninth time. I also love to read out loud. Even if I don't have an audience. Sometimes I will listen to talking books as it is another way to absorb the story.
I have started to watch how many others like to read. In particular, I am interested to see if people read to their children. Do you read to the kids in your life?
Over the years I have cleaned out my book shelves many times and I do hope my books went to good homes via the second hand stores and op shops.
The time has come for another cull and clean out. The dilemma is what to do with all the books. I have talked before about my extensive cookbook collection http://www.ploughcreek.com.au/pch-blog/-what-happens-to-old-cookbooks and my dilemma of what would become of them.
I am delighted to share that I now have a solution. My two nieces have decided that would love to inherit my cookbook collection. Between you and I, I was so thrilled they showed such interest for the collection.
Do you find if hard to keep books moving on or do they stay on your shelves?