I have a truly decent book collection, it used to be bigger but things happened…I became more critical for one, which streamlined a lot of the mediocre stuff out. Then before my jaunt over the ocean I gave away shed loads more books that I didn’t see myself ever reading/rereading and a few I did.
I don’t regret having what could be described as a series of drastic purges but now I am questioning if I should actually go further. I love books and that shouldn’t really be an issue, to be surrounded by them is great but downsizing to the books given me as presents and my favourite reads will arguably make my collection more special.
Do I need the stress of seeing a huge pile of books I may never read or would it be better without, so I can grow a new and more sophisticated collection, which would be infinitely cheaper if I read them at the library first and only brought them if they really reached out to me and was sufficiently moved to need have them close at hand.
I do love the feeling of having a big collection around me though, to gaze at them and have a wander through the pages and memories. There is a feeling of accomplishment to what I have built up as well seeing books next to each other that brings about some crazy thoughts for blog posts amongst others.
my reading in the last fortnight has been pretty much none existent, although I am at it again now and although I’m not falling out of love with books, I am beginning to question the need for a substantial collection when I am not yet settled and will inevitably move again at some point soon. I need opinions on this issue, turning it over in one’s own head becomes a bit of a joke after a while and I really don’t know which if either is the best option.