“This time, however, it felt very different. I wasn’t just pruning and thinning here and there. This was “biblio clear-cutting.” I committed to keep only those books that I truly cherish, really want to read, or have some prospect of using in my post-teaching career.This hurt. I said good-bye to hundreds of books. But I also found that radical downsizing of a personal library can be instructive.”
I am always impressed – favorably – by friends, people who love and cherish books but are able to let go of them with such grace and little angst. I keep telling myself that I should be combing through my shelves regularly, systematically. But it goes in spurts, and I keep receiving more than I cull. But they are really good books, ones I will love, I’m sure!
*If only proper names could be used in Scrabble! We know a couple, Zane and Quinn, whose names could win you a Scrabble game.