Intellectual Wallpaper

I hadn't planned on posting today, but after seeing the post yesterday from Becky at Once Upon a Time and the YA Highway post today about Unedited Bookshelves, I had to -- just a quick one.

“Of course anyone who truly loves books buys more of them than he or she can hope to read in one fleeting lifetime. A good book, resting unopened in its slot on a shelf, full of majestic potentiality, is the most comforting sort of intellectual wallpaper.”
David Quaimen

The Office
This only scratches the surface.  I own more books than I can hope to read in this fleeting lifetime.

How about you?




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  1. I am a complete cheapskate. If you looked through my house, you'd be convinced I didn't read much (I have maybe twenty books, and a lot of those are textbooks I use for reference in tutoring). But I go to the library at least once a week to pick up new titles, and I read the 'oldies' on ProjectGutenberg. I don't have space or money for that many books, as much as I'd love to have a library!

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    1. I am a book addict. Always have been. I saved nearly every book I had as a kid - and now my kids are reading them. I have fond memories of loading up at library book sales - books for a nickel or a dime. I shouldn't buy books -- and lately I've been very careful about that -- but with some, I just can't help myself. That stack on the stool? All from the library. :)

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  2. And for this reason, I have to be selective about what I read--there's simply not enough time to read it ALL. Alas.

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    1. Susan, your comment struck a chord with me. It's only in the last couple of years that I've reached a point where I can actually stop reading a book if it hasn't grabbed me. Up to that point, I ALWAYS finished a book, even if I hated it. A commitment thing, I think. But I feel a great sense of freedom since I started "quitting" on books.

      I thought about your comment all weekend -- and I feel even more free. Since I started writing YA, I've felt like I should read this or I should read that... and you know what? I *don't* have to! I am fairly selective about the books I read, but now I think I am going to take that one step further.

      Thanks for this!

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  3. That's a lot of books. A lot a lot! Ah, if only one day I could have that many books on that many shelves...

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    1. I've been collecting for a lot of years.... you'll get there. :)

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  4. Wow! I have a lot of books too, but you may have me beat.

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    1. Um, would you believe that I have about a dozen boxes of books that aren't out on the shelves? :)

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  5. Love this-it looks my my crazy bookshelves:) Thanks for the follow. It's nice to meet you!

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    1. Crazy bookshelves are good! Nice to meet you as well!

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  6. I ran out of shelf space years ago. My books populate the floor throughout the house. :-)

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    1. Books that are anywhere but on a shelf drive my husband nuts. Oh well. Piles happen. :)

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  7. Ok, I think you may have me beat, lol. This is also giving me ideas on a reorganization, I like how your shelves look like a real library (stool and everything)

    I did the same post, tyresecoleman.blogspot.com.

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    1. Going over immediately to check it out!

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