One of the many foolish questions that is commonly asked in a job interview is: What is your weakness? (The correct answer is always “kryptonite”). But I would have to answer that my weakness is books. I love physical books, ink on paper, the feel of a hardcover book in my hands, e-books just don’t have this, they seem and are ephemeral, they can just be deleted. Because I love them, books just follow me home, so that even as I get rid of some of them, there are always more coming in. I really was not trying to acquire this current crop of books, but here they are.
The library had it’s semi-annual book sale recently. On the last day of the sale, it was $5 for as many books as you could fit in a grocery bag. All of these are mysteries, except for the one by my friend Barbara. Mystery is my favorite genre,
And I picked up these books, some of which I had read before, because they also fit in the sack. So what will I do with these books? Once I have read the mysteries I will probably donate them to the little free library at the Mennonite Church. Some will probably go on the empty spaces on my bookshelves, until the next purge.
These books came from a quilter who is downsizing. She invited me and a couple of friends to come over and take as many as we wanted. It was interesting to see how many of her books I already owned. It’s true that great minds think alike. 😉
She is an artist and quilt teacher that I had first met many years ago. And a lot of these books are autographed to her, but she is ruthlessly de-cluttering prepatory to moving.
So this led to the melancholy musing of what will happen to my books someday. Perhaps, I will take them with me, but in the meantime I shall enjoy reading them and I promise to make at least one thing inspired from the quilting books.