Thursday, October 02, 2008
Whew -- 28 boxes of books packed, about four more to go.
Got to haul them all out so new carpet can be installed.
Yes, the Aug. 23 hot water pipe burst continues to wreck the ER household!
Carpet gets installed next Tuesday and Wednesday.
But first, I'm gonna have my office repainted while it's empty.
Do I need some new stickers on my filing cabinet, or what? :-)
And my wife thinks SHE has it bad with my books. My books fill three or four boxes TOPS.
Is the new carpet part of the overhaul after the flooding you experienced this summer?
I have a hard time getting rid of any book, I might want to read it again.
Looks like an acceptable number of books to me.
Ryan, back when I was your age...I had even more books, but lost some in a divorce - shared custody, you see.
It'll be so much fun putting them all back in your freshly painted, freshly carpeted office. Or, you could leave them all boxed up and see which ones you truly miss. Hehehehe. ;)
In another pic, the stack that includes "Dutch" is unread; the other books you see and don't see in that closet are well-read.
Frenzied: Dr. ER has forbidden me to reuse that leanin' shelf. :-) Dr. ER, who once worked in a library, saus I should reshelve 'em by the Dewey system -- and I just might!
This may be their last year.
My volumes are shelved by general subject, you know, Indians, cowboys, trains, gods, and such.
In the name of visual balance, what is it that will have to give?
I'll probably go back to:
Fiction and literature (thinnest).
European history and affairs
Asian history and affairs
She's been getting a reprieve lately, as I've been buying books for my iPod.
What about size...? There's nothing worse, in an aesthetic sense, than a huge hardcover stuck between, two or more paperback editions...
I so agree, and will often delay buying books from a single author, or which are part of a series, until I'm certain they're all published in a uniform edition for this very reason. Or, if I've started buying an author's books in hardback, say, or in A or C format paperback, I'll stick to that format forever, even if it means waiting more time than I'd like to to read a particular book....(Yes, I know...) The only exception I make is for the case you mention, i.e. books by the same author which, for one reason or another, I haven't been able to keep patience for uniform editions, or for which the vagaries of publishing have made the decision for me...
I have a special bookcase with very wide shelves, for these volumes, which is the only one in my house allowed to contain such a mish-mash of differently sized volumes...
[Yes, I know...] :-)