Sunday, January 13, 2008

Suddenly I've got TWO blogs?!?!?!

I've been thinking about Creativity Resolutions, and about my desire to write more, especially about what I read, and so this new blog was born. No matter where I travel, no matter where I live, books have always been a central unifying theme. My last packout from Bosnia included an ungodly number of book boxes- I probably shipped back around 1300 books! I've never been a person who gave away books; I jealously guard them and generally hate to lend them out as I fear I'll never get them back. Though I spent many happy hours in the library as a child, I've fallen out of the habit as an adult because I hate to give the books back. I've even spent time tracking down old favorites from those childhood trips that are now out of print so that I can have them in my collection- thank goodness for ebay and half.com!

That said, I did clear out about 200 books last year as part of my Apartment Therapy cure and the process was cathartic. Recently I've been looking at my shelves again and thinking it is about time for another donation to my local library's used book sale because I'm running out of shelf space again. For me, letting go became easier when I discovered software that allows me to maintain a complete record of the donated books just in case I ever need to reread them in the future.

In honor of my books, and in appreciation of the countless hours of pleasure they have given me, I've decided to blog about them- the ones I loved, the ones I hated, the ones that made me think or laugh or scream or cry. I'll be reviewing new additions as well as old favorites, and I welcome your thoughts/opinions/comments/refutations as you see fit.

3 comments:

Tracey R. said...

Fun - I'm a total book hound, and am loving being out of grad school so that I can read again. I read Water for Elephants (excellent!) which was in my stocking at Christmas, and now I'm reading "Escape", written by a former polygamist who escaped the sect. I'm totally addicted to Big Love so I thought I would enjoy it - it's pretty interesting.

Mella DP said...

Yay, more book bloggers! I also made the creativity resolution to write "more" (more being an amalgam of quantity and quality that's only clear within my own mind) and to feed my book blog better.

CQ in DC said...

tracey- Water for Elephants is the book we're reading for our Feb book club. Escape sounds interesting- I'll add it to my list...