• a few weaving supplies
  • back beam of my loom -
  • bobbin winder for my loom
  • i am amazed that this thing is still alive.
  • United States of Arugula - in the running to take with me. I was sampling here.
  • This one is also in the running - Stiff by Mary Roach.
  • Kris and I made this 3-unit bookshelf back in 2004... right before I started the blog!
  • my frog pot. locally made pottery - this was a gift from my best friend's mom for our wedding. it makes me smile.
  • Very good book. - meegiemoo
  • i had a conversation with someone at work about this book today - Montaillou, about the Cathars...
  • love this! i'm a fan of the mouse :) - S. J. Pajonas (spajonas)
  • i have ears too! - just maryse
  • Gotta love Harry Potter! - jmnkrt
  • Can I check this one out from your library :) ? It has my name on it I think... - ☻kent☺
  • Ohhh! And this one too - it's trying to hide behind you, but I can still make out the title :) - ☻kent☺
  • Very, very gross in some places. But definitely a good read. - librarianknits

Consideration - 365:10

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I used to have double the amount of books (and bookshelves) - all crammed into my little office space. In January and February, I donated 220 books to the library. Had to make room for the loom! I ended up giving away most of my fiction collection - I figured that I barely read fiction anymore, and if I felt a hankering to, I could go to the library. I also sold some of my old college and graduate school textbooks on Amazon. Pretty penny for obscure texts about dead languages and Near Eastern Art and Archaeology and Library Science.... However, I did not deny all of my past -there are a few remnants on the shelf. (And two more bookshelves that aren't in the photo... this doesn't include all of my knitting books - they stay with the yarn downstairs)

...Deciding what books to take with me. I am currently reading The Wild Trees by Richard Preston, so that will go with me, but I need another one to take along as well. Luckily, I have a few to choose from.

Read any good books lately?

*I made it to double digits for 365!*

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  1. earthchick 83 months ago | reply

    p.s. congrats on making it to double-digit 365s!

  2. cmr727 83 months ago | reply

    Congrats on double digits and congrats on the decluttering -- I SO need to get going on mine.

  3. CrazyModKimberli 83 months ago | reply

    Currently reading Four Queens by Nancy Goldstone. About sisters in 12th century who all married major European "Kings". She's bringing the history alive in a vivid way. My other read: Elizabeth George's latest! Just started it and so happy she's returned to the Lynley story line...finally! Didn't like the last book. This one promises to be a good read.

  4. BauschkeBearCompany 83 months ago | reply

    Wow! We have the same dog and the same bookshelves! I'll get a picture of mine. : )

  5. sleepyneko 83 months ago | reply

    oh books... don't get me started. this is for your trip, right? i read the wild trees and liked it, even if it was kind of long.

    so let's start with the few books i've finished that i've liked: josh swiller's the unheard (fascinating account of a deaf peace corp volunteer in zaire), gluten free girl by shauna james ahern (i'm not allergic to gluten but her passion for cooking good foods is really amazing). if you're looking for a good long fiction, i highly recommend min jin lee's free food for millionaires or for something a little shorter but really, really beautiful to savor (makes you go "this is why we read. and write. and live.") is per petterson's out stealing horses.

    i too go to the library to borrow the latest reads. it does help with the book stash accumulation, though i still have a formidable stash of books i haven't read. i'm trying to read one book from my stash at the same time i read a library book (i rotate books a lot).

  6. femiknitter 83 months ago | reply

    I just destashed a huge part of my book collection as well-- 2 1/2 full bookshelves worth. Many of the books I gave away were from my graduate studies as well--it was a bittersweet moment for me.

    As for what to read, I just finished Mary Roach's "Spook: Social Science Tackles the Afterlife," which was really great. I would highly recommend it! I'm currently reading "Travels with Herodotus," and I'm loving it as well.

  7. Jocelyn_ 83 months ago | reply

    The Book of Negros was an engaging read (arthur king? I think?)

  8. Pikku-Kettu 83 months ago | reply

    That space is wonderful! Books and crafts, my two favourite things.

    Sadly enough, I'm between books right now and I can't seem to find anything to read (I'm calling it the reading bleh).

  9. Little Jezzie 83 months ago | reply

    You're stronger than I am. I need to cut down my book collection a bit too, but instead it seems to grow. ::shrugs::

  10. Absy Dabsy 83 months ago | reply

    That room looks great. I don't know if I'll ever be able to get rid of my books. I'm such a hoarder!

  11. magnusmog 83 months ago | reply

    How about Jack Maggs by Peter Carey? It's fiction but so firmly researched that you can learn a lot at the same time. Beautifully written.

  12. pocket farmer 83 months ago | reply

    I just read The Fortune Cookie Chronicles and may never look at Chinese food the same again. It was a really interesting (and quick!) read.

  13. novamade 83 months ago | reply

    This photo makes me smile.

  14. ☻kent☺ [deleted] 83 months ago | reply

    Ohhh I love it!

    Such a cozy spot :)

  15. halblingefrau 83 months ago | reply

    Stiff by Mary Roach is VERY good. I still re-read it occasionally. She has a lovely sense of humor.

  16. Pynnski 83 months ago | reply

    I remember when I finally sold my last remaining college text (The History of Photography) and how... lighter it made me feel. Like I'd finally closed the door on that part of my life.

    That being said, I read (and buy) a TON of fiction - and it is sooo time to cull. Oy.

  17. kate lore 83 months ago | reply

    I LOVE bookcase shots. I could study it forever!

  18. t does wool 83 months ago | reply

    this is great...

  19. stinkerbell1 83 months ago | reply

    you are braver than me. As much as I want to declutter I cant let go of my books! :) Just wish I had space for more bookshelves!
    and as for good books.... my favorite authors you might like:
    Mark Kurlansky, Dave Sedaris, Alain de Botton, Paolo Coehlo, Ayn Rand, Bill Bryson, Harakumi Murakami, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Margaret Atwood

  20. Ameer Hamza 51 months ago | reply

    i really like the way you have kept your books clean and tidy

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