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Monday, March 26, 2018



Where do you donate your purged craft items? I desperately need to do this but don't know what to do with them!


A couple of years ago, during a hard time for my family, I lost all sense of object permanence regarding library books. Before then, I would check out books one or two at a time as they interested me. I might get a stack of picture books occasionally. But suddenly, every time I went to the library, I started checking out every book I saw that vaguely interested me. It was as if some part of me thought they might not be there ever again if I didn’t check them out right now. So I was checking out 40-50 books at a time, way more than I could hope to get through in 3 weeks. It drove my wife nuts. Now, every time I’m at the library, I have to remind myself that there’s more time, that I’ll have other chances to check out the book I see after my arms are already full. And I’m still not quite back to where I was before.

So even though it’s a little different for me, I know what you’re talking about, and I wish you the best as you try to reset your love of reading in a way that will let you enjoy books one at a time.


I tend to read the same authors and look forward to their new books. Luckily I have a friend who branches out more and recommends authors to me. Also I belong to two book clubs so that gets me out of my comfort zone sometimes. I've learned that I don't have to finish a book by one of my favorite authors if it's not speaking to me. Also- I don't generally buy books because a book I own just doesn't get read. Checking books out from the library puts pressure on me to read especially since a lot of those books are on hold and can't be renewed.


I will be interested to see what your solution is! The other day I felt like just deleting my wishlist on Amazon (or just cutting it way back) and the same thing with my list on Goodreads. I tend to list everything that looks remotely interesting and I will not live long enough to read everything I've listed. Plus, of course, every year more things are published. I'm a librarian, too, although I work in a special library, so am at least not required to buy/check out/recommend layperson books as part of my job. My house is full of books. I have five bookcases of just my books, plus some shelves in the living room, too. Some are reference books or anthologies, but suffice it to say that I could read for a couple of years and not get through all the unread stuff. I tell myself to lay off the library books and read things I own, but library books are *shiny* and I love them. Plus I downloaded a Chrome extension that will tell you (if you are on Goodreads or Amazon) whether or not your library owns the book (print, ebook, or audio) AND whether it's available. Magical -- but leads to too much borrowing.


Hoping I'm not being a nag if I comment again still hoping for part two of this . . . since it's a battle I fight as well. :-)

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