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Wonderfully put. I have books everywhere, they truly are my weakness. The bad (or very good) thing is that our thrift store here has most books for 25 cents. Great for getting books, very bad for the general tidyness of our very small house.

Ruth M

It still shocks me when I walk into someone's house and there are no books in sight. I want to avert my gaze, or offer sympathy or other awkward utterances like when there's a death in the house. I'm embarrassed for them and feel uneasy. I pack far too many books when I travel for fear of finding nothing on the nightstand. What do people do who don't read?


Yes -- well said. Couldn't agree more.


I agree. I find it very strange to walk into a house that doesn't have any books. I also find it sad to go into a child's room that's full of toys but no books in sight.


A kind friend gave me "Garden Wisdom" by Leslie Geddes-Brown as a Christmas present. I look forward to it - if she can write so well about books, I'm sure her garden thoughts will be interesting.

Thomas at My Porchh

Back in my dating days I always did the bookshelf litmus test. Either what was on their shelves or what they were drawn to on mine. Occasionally I would run into someone who had no books (yikes) or someone who didn't bnother to look at mine (yikes again). Using this as a litmus test was surprisingly effective.

P.S. I love this book. I have it on my coffee table.


Ohhhhh, ditto all the above and more!! There are so many things I want to say on this but it's all become jumbled. :-)

Again, this year, my giving of gifts for other than immediate family included books for five children.

Here's an article for you to check out - seven authors, on how they culled their libraries (I agree with Ferris and Bass):


I've been enjoying this book myself - thanks to a library copy! Love browsing the photos.


Thankyou so much for the link to that article, Nancy; I feel another post coming on!

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