Booking Through Thursday


Interesting question:

Do you use any of the online book-cataloguing sites, like Library Thing or Shelfari? Why or why not? (Or . . . do you have absolutely no idea what I’m talking about?? (grin))

If not an online catalog, do you use any other method to catalog your book collection? Excel spreadsheets, index cards, a notebook, anything?

I do have an account at Library Thing. I love it, but it's not current. For instance, I have an entire box o' books sitting at my feet that are NOT on Library Thing and NOT on shelves. Nor are there any sheves on which to put them. Argh.

For someone who loves books as much as I do, I have an uneasy relationship with them in the physical sense. I worry that holding on to so many of them means that I am overly attached to a worldly thing. I'd like to think I could just give them away unheedingly, except for, perhaps, 30 or 40 (or 50, or see my problem) favorites. It seems silly, to me, to have books on my shelves that I may never pick up again. I tell myself I am building a library for my grandchildren to dip into when they come stay with MamaT. But let's face it. I'm probably just a hoarder.

I have gone back and forth with this issue for years. I will decide to cut down my library, use the public library (is it really necessary to own every book you read? Probably not.), and cut my ties.

But so far, anything I've given away I've ended up trying to repurchase.....

Ah, well.



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