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Thursday, February 7, 2008

My Library, My Life

I stumbled on this little ditty at time.com today, the personal library rules of some guy. To be clear, the operative two-word phrase to focus on here is "personal library," not "library rules."

This dude is quite adamant about not having books that he hasn't read on his living room bookshelves. I have to say in all honesty that I have yet to read at least half of the books on my shelves. Sometimes I'm almost more of a book collector than a reader. (That's not strictly true, because I'm a big fan of public libraries, too.) When I get a crush on a place, time period, or new-to-me author, I start picking up whatever I can from that setting, era, woman or man.

Examples: I have at least four unread Roddy Doyle books (Irish author of the wonderful Paddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha); a couple of Michael Chabon novels, several C.S. Lewis and other nonfiction Christian works that I never finished for my book club in college, five Thomas Hardy novels that I collected after I was smitten with Tess and Jude, and stacks of classic anthologies, poetry, and fiction gathering dust. Some of these infatuations I'm not sure I'll ever revisit, but I haven't yet been able to make a break with the past either.

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I'm home alone for the long weekend. Kevin's sister had a baby yesterday, so he has gone home to be with his family and enjoy his new niece and his new title. They should have some fun days together!

I should try to get out of the house more in the next few days, but it has just been too easy to stay inside during the short-with-winter, long-with-unemployment days since we've been back in Chicago. It has been just over a month now, and I'm glad to be home. I'll be even gladder when I get a job, a place to put all of my stuff, and a little income. And a little sunshine!

Currently Reading:
Carter Beats the Devil by Glen David Gold
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1 comments:

Liza Pierce February 7, 2008 at 4:10 PM  

Reading, and books in general, makes me too happy to have rules about it. No rules for my personal library.

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Words That I'm Living By - 5/2/2010

Time, as I've known it
Doesn't take much time to pass by me
Minutes into days, turn into months
Turn into years, they hurry by me
But still I love to see the sun go down
And the world go around

Dreams full of promises
Hopes for the future, I've had many
Dreams I can't remember now
Hopes that I've forgotten,
faded memories
But still I love to see the sun go down
And the world go around

And I love to see the morning
as it steals across the sky
I love to remember and
I love to wonder why
And I hope that I'm around
so I can be there when I die
When I'm gone

I hope that you will think of me
In moments when you're happy and you're smiling
That the thought will comfort you
On cold and cloudy days
if you are crying
And that you'll love to see
the sun go down
And the world go around
And around and around

"Around and Around" by Mark Kozelek

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