Or probably more accurately for me the combo…Boxes OF Books.
Today’s post brought to you by the letter B and the Blogging A to Z Challenge.
Yes I like books, I like to read, blame my Mom! With the exception of Home and Family the thing my Mother loved most in the world was Books and Reading. My sister and I have inherited the Book Gene. I have a more serious case than Ele but only in the area of volume.
I have Books. And Books. And BOOKS! It is an ongoing addiction from which I cannot extricate myself.
My husband and I are working on a move to New Mexico. I thought I’d start with packing my books. They filled a storage unit. I had to give up the storage unit and they now reside in an unused room of my sister’s second floor. She’s kind to let me use it for the time being. I should have taken a photo so that you could all appreciate the scope of this.
Moving and re-assembling those boxes of books allowed me (forced me) to review and edit my collection of books. When I was in the process of moving the books from storage to Ele’s house I went through every box. When I was finished, I had bags and bags of books. I approximate 200 as the number of books I then took to Goodwill. In hind sight, I should have taken them to our library because they accept used books which they then sell to help support the library. I was in a hurry and Goodwill was the quickest option. Sadly before the storage unit saga was over there was also water damage which forced me to actually throw away probably 50 books. Broke my heart, I can tell you.
Now I’m about to face the task of reducing that monumental pile of probably 75 boxes again. (Please keep in mind, this amount does NOT include the books I still have at my own house.) I’ll be having a yard sale in June and I figure, I can do some more trimming of my collection. I know I won’t get it to half but maybe I can cut it by a third.
Just to give you a clear picture of this in words not photos, in the past week, I’ve been to Goodwill 3 times. Each time I’ve bought at least 3 books. I restrained myself each time from buying more. I haven’t spent “real” money on any books in quite some time. I have several Barnes & Noble gift cards from Christmas which I had planned to use on the purchase of a Nook (Yeah, I need that!) but I haven’t used them. See…restraint. I really am trying to cut back, restrain myself, get this under control. I’m not sure if I can.
But in my defense, I joined another challenge this year. Those of you familiar with Goodreads may also know of their Reading Challenge. You’re really challenging yourself and this has really gotten me reading at a much for focused level and those of you who read BCDC on a regular basis know that I need focus! 🙂
If you click on the logo at the right, you can see all of the books I’ve read so far this year. I gave myself a goal of 25 for the year…Already I’ve read 21. I’m pretty happy about that.
So the boxes of books haunt me…they are looming up behind me as I write this post. I will get them under control at some point. I promise.
I can’t help myself.
Happy Monday! “C” you tomorrow!!