Confessions of a Bookaholic

Books Read in June 2020:

  1. Unsolicited by Julie Kaewert
  2. Twenty Chickens for a Saddle by Robyn Scott
  3. Sew Easy to Kill by Sarah J. Mason
  4. Unbound by Julie Kaewert
  5. Seven Stones to Stand or Fall by Diana Gabaldon
  6. Life 101 by Peter McWilliams
  7. Keeping the World Away by Margaret Forster
  8. Unprintable by Julie Kaewert
  9. The Ballad of Peckham Rye by Muriel Spark
  10. Robert Morley’s Book of Bricks by Robert Morley
  11. Dinosaurs in the Attic by Douglas Preston
  12. The Sea Change by Elizabeth Jane Howard
  13. Amphigorey by Edward Gorey
  14. A Death in the Family by Caroline Dunford
  15. Coyote v. Acme by Ian Frazier
  16. Untitled by Julie Kaewert

For a total of 4,128 pages.

I should explain.  I’m a bookaholic, and have been collecting books to read since before I was old enough to remember.  Collecting them faster than I can read them.  And then … my dear friend died, and left me 55 boxes of books!  I’ve sold books on line, traded them in at the local UBS, and now am trading them in on BookMooch http://bookmooch.com.  I have a strict rule: no buying books!  If I can’t trade to get them, I don’t get them.  And so the mountain of books TBR in my room is slowly dwindling: it now stands at 884, down from 956.  Being locked in the house helps … plenty of time to read.

Because it’s occurred to me: I’m getting older.  I plan to live in this house until they carry me out on a board, but “The best laid schemes o’ Mice an’ Men, Gang aft agley, An’ lea’e us nought but grief an’ pain” and if it all went agley, what would I do with 900+ books?  (Not to mention all the clutter in the garage & the house)  So I’m working on whittling it all down so that if I have to move suddenly, I won’t have mountains and heaps and boxes of stuff to dispose of in two weeks.  After all, the 600 or so books I have in the bookcase in the front room that I want to keep are going to be problem enough …

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June 30, 2020

do you have any science fiction or fantasy books

June 30, 2020

@jaythesmartone Yes, some.  Also a whole shelf of vampire books — my friend was into them, I’m not.  I’ll get a list together tomorrow for you.

June 30, 2020

@ghostdancer

well I am not sure about the vampire but I was thinking something like Pierce Anthony and the like…or Stephen Donaldson?

June 30, 2020

I hear you!  I’m a bookaholic  with probably 2,000 books in this house and in my storage unit.  I could maybe bear to part with a fourth of them.  That leaves 1,500 books, and I might have to move in the next year or so!  🤔

June 30, 2020

I read a lot in spurts.  After i first retired I read 100 books in the first year.

July 2, 2020

Books are one thing I’ll never mind hoarding.