Saturday, March 21, 2009

For all the books I've loved before

In order to sell a home, you have to look like you don't live there. For the past month we have been boxing up everything we own and putting it in a storage unit. To be perfectly honest, 2 storage units, one climate controlled and one that isn't. Our house now resembles a museum with few pictures on the walls, painted all the same color that is apparently "in" and not out.

As a side note, greenery is out. Just thought you all might want to know.

But back to the topic at hand. Books. I love my books and now my books are so lonely sitting in the climate controlled storage unit all by themselves. In the dark. My room feels empty and incomplete. I can't run to my bookshelf if I want to read Anne of Green Gables again or Harry Potter. :-(

I've even considered getting a library card so I don't buy as many books that I'll have to haul to Missouri. But I WANT books, I NEED books, I MUST HAVE BOOKS AT ALL TIMES! Yet I only have about 10 sitting on my closet shelf. They are so sad in there. Yes, they are. Sigh.

How weird is it that I feel like part of me is missing since my books have left? I know where they are and that I will once again have them in my room in KC but its still sad.

I know having a library card is good but I love to own books. I love to go to Borders or Barnes and Noble and just touch books. Look at books and buy books. It would be beneficial for me to not spend money seeing as I will not have a job in a few months when we move.

So, dear readers, what are your feelings about books? Love them? Feel ambivalent? Are you like me and you have to have books in your life or you die? Leave a comment.


Kyle said...

I am thinking of getting Liz one of those Amazon Kindles so we can read while eliminating the clutter stacks of books brings...I can't stand clutter and too many books = clutter. I don't like having things just to have them...they must have some sort of utility or they are better off at Goodwill. Fortunately I have been able to break Liz of her pack rat tendencies (for the most part) and she is willing to sell books back to the store after reading them to get credit towards purchasing new ones (we do hang on to a few favorites)....Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

Emily Anne said...

I LOVE BOOKS. If I didn't have too many books and not enough room I wouldn't know what to do.
At least your books are in the climate controlled storage unit. There is some consolation in that. I never rent books from the library when I can go and buy them. I love and am addicted to Half Price Books.

RCH said...

You know I'm right there with you! I don't want to read them and give them back; I have to keep them! And I like to write the date I purchased them on the inside cover because then my collection becomes a personal history of my literary development. (So it can't be bad pack rattiness, right? I'm keeping the commandments! Family history, I am doing it! La la la la, la la!) And bookstores are definitely my favorite dangerous place to hang around. :-)

Mike K said...

Aimee and I just celebrated our 11th anniversary. And as part of it, we went and spent some cash at Barnes and Nobles. You will never guess what part was Aimee's favorite. Yup, the B&N trip. Our house is littered with books. You can't go anywhere without seeing a book lying around on any flat surface.

thepainterfamily said...

Shoot. I wish this wasn't my answer because I like to read...but I'm too cheap...I love the library! :)

But a beautiful bookcase full of well-loved books is a sight to behold!

Ken said...

Hey Kainty - when you come back to Missouri you can go to Cargo Largo and stock up! Paperbacks are $1 and hardbacks are $3. The only pain is none of it is organized and you have to search through the stacks - but half of the fun is finding something unusual that you can take a chance on because it's only $1!


Rosalynne said...

Oh, girl..... we must be book twins! Cause I literally fell the same exact way about books!! We will have to hit the book stores together when you get back into town. I can't wait for you to be here!

Kristi B said...

I want to go to the Cargo Largo.

chrisnallynkids said...

I am already stressed because we have too much stuff. I even joined in order to get rid of books I was having a hard time parting with. Have you heard of that? Someday I am hoping someone will sign up on my referral cause then I'll get a credit which equals a FREE BOOK.