Monday, November 21, 2011

Letting Go of Books

I have a lot of books.
Except now I have a lot less books than I once had.

I've been downsizing.
Letting my books go.
Selling them off.
Giving them away.

I thought it would be hard.
But, it's actually really nice.
I feel like I'm setting myself free somehow.

I love books.
They are my everything.

Except that they aren't.
I'm learning that I don't have to keep things just because they are books.
Just because they have pages.
And words.
And that smell of old tree with ink.

I'm a writer.
I used to be a book hoarder.
But not anymore.
Even though I kind of still am...

I decided though, that if it ever came down to it, I could live happily with only 3 books.
Here they are (in order):
1. once upon a time when i was a rabbit
2. If I Ran The Zoo
3. Book of Hugs (that may or may not be the actual title...but I'm leaning towards may)

If I ran the zoo [Book]

Those pretty much sum up my personality.

If you could only have 3 books, what would they be?

Write on!


  1. This is so difficult for me... I'd have to pick:

    1. The Man in the Ceiling by Jules Pfeiffer
    2. Persuasion by Jane Austen
    And last
    3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,

    All of those for mostly sentimental reasons. Such a rough choice, though. I'd also want Ender's Game and Peter Pan.

  2. Hmm. . .

    1) Middlemarch - George Eliot
    2) The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane - Kate DiCamillo
    3) 1984 - George Orwell

    If I was allowed two more, or if I had to switch out 1984 for something else, they would be

    The Road - Cormac McCarthy
    One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

    Tough decisions here. I doubt I'll be cutting back to three or five books anytime soon, but I did thin the collection a tad about a year ago.