Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Some Have Suggested I Have a Problem

Remember when I posted about how sad I was about Borders closing?  Well, I've been there several times since that post.  I can't help myself.  When I drive past and I know I don't have to be anywhere there is a strong magnetic pull and the car turns itself into the parking lot.  I always assume I won't find anything because the pickings have to be getting slim.  And yet. I always come out with an armload of books.

Sometimes I sneak the bags of books into the house and hide them away.  I keep books stacked all over my house so I can put my hands on them whenever I feel the need.  There are full shelves in the den, a "to red" pile in the living room, gift books hidden in my bedroom closet, piles of recent purchases on the dining room table, single books scattered about the house in random places, and still a couple bags from the library's summer used book sale (another dangerous place for me, especially on dollar a bag day).

I decided to gather up the recent Borders finds and see just how many it was*.  Even I was surprised.  In my defense I've already read several of them.



* I found 3 more scattered through the house after I took the picture.

16 comments:

Craig said...

Wow. . . an addictive bibliophile. . .

As near as I can tell, I don't own, nor have I read, any of the books in your photo (I have an extensive collection of Calvin & Hobbes, but not the one pictured). Given how many books I have, and just guessing from what I know about you, I'm a little stunned by that. . .

Between changes in my schedule (a proliferation of teenagers mixed with a long commute), and the advent of Amazon, I don't spend nearly as much time in bookstores as I used to (there's no Borders in our town, but two B&Ns). But once upon a time, Jen used to get greatly frustrated with me over the hours I could blow in bookstores. (My favorites, tho, are used bookstores; I might've been addicted to those, back when). . .

I've been to the Borders 'mother-ship' in Ann Arbor, back when it was still the Borders we all knew and loved. But for at least 15 years, it hasn't been that anymore. . .

Suldog said...

Ditto on Craig's comment concerning non-duplication of our collections, right down to the Calvin & Hobbes comment. Is that a treatise on the comic strip?

Anyway, I could see myself reading at least half of those pictured, just judging from the titles. My two cents? You don't have a problem. You have a brain.

haphazardlife said...

Oh! The 1000 Journals Project. Love that book. It's funny, isn't it, how, when the pickings are slim you find stuff you would never have bought otherwise?

When we moved, I managed to whittle down two floor to ceiling (11 foot ceilings) walls of books to a couple of book cases. 75% of my books gone. It was painful but damn, now I see some of those left and wonder why I kept them. I'm beyond thrilled to have "liberated" them for someone else to gain pleasure from them.

lime said...

craig, i'm a cheap date in any venue other than a bookstore

suldog, the c&h book is a gallery catalog of sunday strips that were exhibited after being chosen by bill watterson for inclusion. each strip is shown in the original pen ad ink and full color, most have commentary from the cartoonist. i'd HIGHLY recommend it for any lover of c&h.

haphazard, yes...i definitely need to liberate a number of books from my shelves. i like to donate them to the library used book sale or if i know a specific person would really like them i go that way.

Logophile said...

Every single spring/summer I go through my books so I have a pretty small collection (in my opinion).

I mostly make do with the library, but close out book store sales and library sales are just irresistible, aren't they?

Chickadee said...

I love it! Yes, I have been sneaking in to Borders as much as possible. Two of the stores closed yesterday near my house. I went to one of those stores and EVERYTHING was a dollar. There weren't many books left, but somehow I left with 6 books.

Craver Vii said...

(gasp) There's a Dummies book for your camera?! Luckyyy!

lime said...

logo, closeout/used book sales are my great weakness

chickadee, ooooh now THAT'S a deal!

craver, yep...and I think i paid about $5 for it

Beach Bum said...

I not crazy about Kindle or any of the other eBook readers but I plan on buying one for Christmas. The neat thing I have to admit is that eBook readers open up a wider range of possibilties for me getting some of my stories published.

coopernicus said...

piffle...i have two bookcases of unread books..mostly from the semi annual library $5 a BAG book sales. Buy on!!!

Xavier said...

Easy there, I had to defend my Mother against hoarding claims by a case-worker because of a similar book obsession .... though hers is several decades advanced, be carefule out there!

silly rabbit said...

There used to be a coffee bar that I loved. The coffee was not that great, but they had book shelf dedicated to book trading. Bring a book and leave it, take a book and read it. I guess the moral is that a good book can make bad coffee better.

S said...

OMG you are just like Gary!
We have brown paper bags full of library sale books everywhere!

He gives em as gifts.
We even have found some very cool discontinued books for a steal such as
The Goops, and How Not To Be One

and some very old books, who cares what they are, but you know, old embossing, stinky hand cut pages, hand sewn bindings, first press, etc! I can appreciate that stuff for sure!

8 Seattle!

Dave said...

There are two organisations here, one the Red Cross, who raise money by holding big used-book fairs. Jill and I go and usually end up with more than we need. So our book shelf has enough used books to last me probably a couple of years. Not Jill though as she reads so fast she goes through books in a very short time. But it's good to be able to buy good used books cheap - Dave

Hilary said...

Many of those titles sound intriguing. I get most of my books though yard/garage sales at 25 to 50 cents each. I buy them throughout the summer and usually, they'll last me through the winter.

for a different kind of girl said...

The only book it seems I have from your stellar stack is 'The Male Brain,' which I enjoyed quite a bit. I'm intrigued by '1000 Journal Project,' so I'm going to look it up. On bn.com. Loyalty, yo!

:)