It’s time to de-stash, declutter, prune and get rid of deadwood. For me, it’s easiest with clothes and hardest with books. I decorate with books. I have bookshelves in every room of my house, except for the bathroom. And I’m thinking about that, too.
Sometimes when someone new comes into the house they look around and ask if I’ve read them all. Well, yes, most of them. There is a shelf that holds the new ones that I haven’t read yet. I’m working on it.
Other people ask me why I don’t put them all on an e-reader and get rid of all “those dustcatchers.” I’ve learned to reply calmly, “Why don’t you take videos of your kids and then get rid of those mess-makers and grocery-eaters?” Not to mention that you have to buy books for your Kindle app.
I have a book app, and it has books on it. But I love my books. While I was sorting them, I noticed that you could line up spines and the titles would tell a story. (Yes, I’ve done this before, but it’s endlessly amusing for me.) Of course, you have to use your imagination, but it is amazing what a shelf of books will say to you.
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Some stories for your amusement:
A sort of sad progression from top to bottom, almost like flash fiction in titles.
What do the books on your shelf say?
—Quinn McDonald is a writer who teaches writing. She’s a reader, but she keeps that to herself.