Ooops, I’m late for Sunday Salon again! Today is a holiday so it feels more like Sunday today, anyway. This week I finished Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, by Barbara Kingsolver, read Condor and Hummingbird, by Charlotte Mendez, and started The Beekeeper’s Apprentice, by Laurie R. King. I also went to the library on Saturday and got four fiction and one non-fiction – yes, I am definitely in a fiction mode right now!
A couple weeks ago when I was traveling I read Daggerspell, by Katharine Kerr. It had been on my to-read list for so long I don’t even remember where I heard about it, but I am so glad I finally read it. It is a great, well-written, well-constructed fantasy novel. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I’m thrilled that it is the first of a series of 15! I love discovering new series, since that gives me a new resource of books to turn to when I want something I’m pretty sure I’ll like.
On Saturday a big box of books arrived for me, and I am expecting a second one to come this week. No, I did not just buy a whole bunch of books on Amazon. These are mostly books that I have owned for a long time, but were taking up space at my parent’s house. I was there a couple weeks ago and went through all my books, getting rid of quite a few and setting aside many others for them to ship to me. I figured if they are books I want to keep then I should have them at my own home! They include things like Jane Austen, The Diary of Anne Frank, and some books from college. I actually got rid of quite a few of my college books, once I was able to admit that I was unlikely to ever read Aristotle or the Odyssey again, and therefore there was really no point in keeping them and especially no point in having them shipped to me. The books arriving in the mail also include some books that belonged to my grandmother, who passed away recently. Somehow it is still exciting to receive books in the mail even when most of them are books I’m familiar with and have already read!
Receiving all these books in the mail motivated me to go through the books I have here, and I picked out quite a few to get rid of – ones that I read once and didn’t much like and ones that were given to me that I have never read and never will. Although I like owning books, I also want each book to be one that I enjoy owning, for whatever reason. If a book feels like it is just taking up space on my shelf then I see no point in keeping it. There is a used bookstore nearby that does book trades, so I am thinking of doing that (which will of course result in acquiring more books, but this time ones I actually want) instead of just giving them away.