Bookshelf Porn

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Image by dargie via Flickr

It may seem ironic that on a day when I’m  culling my books yet again, I ran across this Tumblr site:  Bookshelf Porn and it literally made me feel all weak at the knees.  I am a book hound, a lover of the small packages of knowledge, adventure, romance; of whatever is contained between the covers.  I even — when the spirit moves me — make altered books like the one pictured here.  So why am I culling instead of finding little spaces to tuck yet another book?  Because I love reading even more than the physical book, and sometimes the latter gets in the way of the former.  I tend to be acquisitive, even obsessive about things I love and sometimes instead of appreciating the things I have, I collect more and more of the same until I’m overwhelmed and I end up unable to use or even appreciate any of it.

 

A second issue is space.  I just don’t have the space to indulge anymore.  I can pile books onto my Kindle, but actual physical shelf space?  Sadly, I’ll never be one of those people posting photos at Bookshelf Porn, not anymore at least.

And the third reason is that I no longer keep books I’ve read unless I am utterly in love with them.  I just turned 59 and I am aware of how many more reading years I might still have and how much there is left to read.  I asked myself if I really wanted to waste the time left to me re-reading books unless they’re somehow special to me.  When I think of it that way, the answer is obvious.

Meanwhile I browse photos of other people’s libraries the way some folks browse porn sites.  Bookshelf Porn… I’ll be in my bunk.

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