Thursday, June 16, 2005

I Have Too Many Books

But boy do I love it. The total count of my library is currently 326 books, not counting a box of music books from Mom that I still haven't sorted through (and not to mention unknown quantities back in the garage in Santa Cruz). That may not sound like a huge number, but it's a lot to cram into my little room where I only have one and a half bookcases. My window nook (about 5' x 3') is starting to fill up and there are generally stacks of books on the floor and dresser, depending on what I have out from the library at any given time. Plus, I've started taking books to work, so I've got a good shelf's worth of computer-related books at my desk there. I need to think about moving to an actual apartment some day, even if only because of all my books.

To make matters worse, I spent last Saturday with Mom in Berkeley and the used book stores up there are just like magnets for the two of us. She sold a bunch of books at Moe's for $178 in trade, so we splurged and I came out of there with 9 more books. Then tonight I was over at Antonia's, and she's trying to get rid of everything she owns before moving. I came away from that with 22 books (including a 6-volume set of the complete works of Shakespeare -- never know when it might come in handy!) and she still has even more to sort through for giving away.

I feel at the same time immensely rich and completely overwhelmed with reading material.

3 comments:

Monee said...

It's inescapable...it's genetic...it reminds me of the old childrens' story about the man who wouldn't wash his dishes, until his house and yard were full! You're finally going to have to find a real apartment because you have too many books. Funny! I'm sure there are some here you would enjoy, too....monee

Stephen said...

When I was growing up, my Grandmother always made me read. First, she started reading to me, then she made me help her read, now all I do is read. I've got a TON of books! I've got many, many books that are from decades ago, thanks to Grandma. Those are the really fun ones to read, since they're from way before I was born. Oh, I have some Shakespear books too, they do occasionally come in handy. Not too often, though.

LKBM said...

One can never have too many books.