What can be learned from the contents of a book shelf?
June 12, 2018
I have always enjoyed book shelves, book cases, collections of books, stacks of books, and I have collected more than a few along the road to now. Every once in a while, I try to reduce the quantity of my accumulation of books, out of some sense of down-sizing and managing my resources, or perhaps not to see myself as a hoarder. Books are a bit of a challenge to move, not that I'm moving anytime soon, but I have moved often enough (mostly while pursuing my formal education) to know the audible sighs of my family and friends whose assistance I solicited..."oh, no, not your books..."
I have given away many volumes over the years (as well as receiving many). Over the past few years, my wife and I enjoyed the trade-in policy of a local book shop proprietor - bring in your no-longer-wanted books, and receive an in-store credit that can be used to acquire new -to-us books. The flow of knowledge represented in that process always intrigued me, as did the many volumes tucked away in the winding pathways of shelves in the second-hand book store.