Sunday, October 05, 2008

Book addiction


This is a PARTIAL view of my bookcase of "to read" books. There is lower shelf not in the picture. In the bedroom there are about 75 books of poetry also. Do I need more books?

Absolutely!!When there is a book sale that fills a full block of a cobblestoned SoHo street and the books are $1 each. You bet I need more books. But I am learning restraint -- yes, I am. Here are the ten books for ten bucks that I got.

Yes, it took a while to be sensible. I lugged around others, including a couple of really neat coffee table photography books. But do I need more coffee table books? Especially when they're heavy and,of course, the ones on the coffee table aren't all there are in the place? Rhetorical question.

Except for the Tulip book, a recent purchase form the Metropolitan Museum for $12 and containing far more than I ever thought I wanted to know about tulips, these are mostly art quilt books and Tibet books and if I get into a long telephone conversation, I love sitting here and paging through them as I talk.

I have always been a book addict. Not the devouring Jane Austin at age 13 type [our small town library did not have Austin or Bronte!] but because everything I want to know is in books somewhere and many things I didn't know I wanted to know or ought to know or would just enjoy knowing or would feel greatly enriched by knowing -- it's all been written. I find gems of wisdom nearly every day in the stuff I read. This is an addiction I do not plan to give up.

4 comments :

*G* said...

I love books too! I've not got the great bargain resources that you do, however. That's probably a good thing. :)

I also love Tibetan jewelry. I only have one piece that a friend bought me over 20 yrs. ago when she visited Tibet. But I have some fabulous Bedoin pieces that I picked up in the souks when we lived in Saudi Arabia. They are just as intriguing as the Tibetan pieces I've seen.

Thanks for inviting me to take a peek into your world. See you at Swap Bot. Gaye/SEMOkraftee

Stephanie D. said...

Yep, I think you are a fine candidate for a Kindle.

You're going to run out of shelves someday....

rachel said...

I have to disagree with stephanie d. on thinking you are a fine candidate for a Kindle...I think Kindles are great for people who know what they want to read & when. Others, like you and I it seems, enjoy having LOTS of books PHYSICALLY around--You never know what you're going to feel like reading on a whim or the treasure you might find tucked sideways on the shelf--like the beautiful Tulips book :) And if we run out of space...we rid ourselves of the things taking up book space!

I loved your blog entries. Thank you for inviting me to read them. -Rachel (swap-bot: iheartswaps)

Diane Yates said...

I do so wish we were neighbors June. I love your blog it is so interesting and makes one think a bit. Thanks for showing Miss Thelma's scarf, she would love to know I sent it to you. Diane