So Many Books

January 31, 2014 at 7:07 pm (The Whim) (, , , , , , , , , )

I reblogged a post this morning discussing books, the acquisition of books, and when a person could possibly have too many, (*gasp*) yes, too many books.  This got me to thinking, yet again, about my own collection – ahem – addiction.

You see, Spring is just around the corner.  My husband just cleaned out our master bedroom closet the other day and I donated a trash bag of clothes to Goodwill.  Nooks and crannies will be conquered.  The stuff that has piled up throughout Winter will be organized.  Although I clean the house every day, this is when the true disinfecting from top to bottom occurs.

And the biggest mess of my house is the part of me that I love to love the most…

P1000933Yes, those are piles on the floor.

P1000934Yes, those are paperbacks stashed in the window sill. (And an empty fish tank.)

P1000935You don’t want to see inside those cupboards… so many paperbacks.


P1000936Guardian of the Library

P1000937I don’t remember what the top of that end table looks like… and that basket underneath is filled with picture books.

P1000938That completes The Library.  One day, the dream is for that room to be all built in bookcases.  When that magical day comes, I’ll actually have lots of empty space on the shelves and nothing piled anywhere.  I’ve done the math.  Therein lies the dilemma when it comes to purging.  Purge too soon and my shelves won’t be full.  Too late and I could be on the next episode of hoarders.

Wait, but there’s more…

P1000939This is the “school closet.”

P1000940Kiddo’s shelf, comprised mostly of the books from my childhood.

P1000941Kiddo’s actual shelf – you know, the books she picked out. (And a few given to me at the baby shower many moons ago.)

P1000942The last one… I promise.

This is why, other than review copies, my goal for the last few years is to make sure I read more of what is already in my personal inventory… and attempt to avoid new purchases like the plague.  I was largely successful in this venture in 2013 – here’s to continuing the plan in 2014.  I will not allow myself to spend more than $100 on books this year, and I must give away more than I bring in.  That is the goal.

What about you? Are you a book collector? A digital collector or physical copies? What is your vice and addiction?  How do you decide what to keep and what to toss?

And lastly – am I a pack rat?

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Finder’s Keepers

June 3, 2013 at 2:45 pm (Education, Reviews) (, , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , )


Title: A Rock is Lively

Author & Illustrator: Dianna Hutts Aston and Sylvia Long

Genre: Non-fiction Picture Books/ Children’s

As a child, I collected rocks.  I think many children do this… bright, shiny objects with a splash of color are enticing.  Small pebbles from river sides are exciting and make you feel like a million bucks when they are so tiny in your own tiny hands.  I had a rock tumbler and every little piece of nothing could be made magical.  On family vacations I used my pocket money to buy gems and stones native to the area we were visiting.  With my sister and cousins, we would go on exploratory rock hunts together.  I remember hearing shouts of: Finder’s Keepers!

I have also always adored books, and as an adult I try to find the most awesome of children’s books to share with my daughter.  Last week at the library, while I browsed the children’s section of Baldwin Boettcher, I stumbled across A Rock is Lively and I wanted to shout across the library “Finder’s Keepers!”

Except I will have to return this particular book and go buy a copy.

A Rock is Lively is an excellent introduction to geology – for all ages.  My daughter will be three in October and she was riveted by all the colorful detail of gold, amethyst, peridot, and gypsum.  The page about how rocks are mixed up and the description of how calcite, sodalite, pyrite, and lazurite becomes Lapis Lazuli excited her.  She enjoyed telling me about all the colors she was seeing as I told her what the rocks were called.


Over and over again this week she has brought me the book, “What’s that?” she’ll say as she points to hematite… “What’s that?” she asks as she opens up the two page spread on obsidian.  “What’s that?” she wants to know about the geodes…

A Rock is Lively is a must have.  We will definitely be finding our own copy to own as well as the other books in the series: An Egg is Quiet, A Seed is Sleepy, and A Butterfly is Patient.

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