Since we couldn’t get out much yesterday with all the snow, ice and blowing, we (Jennifer & I) tackled my office … again. When I get in the mood, Jennifer is my strongest ally. She can travel lightly, and when it’s time to clean things out, “Look out, here she comes.” Yesterday was one of those look-out-here-we-come days. I am not a pack rat, and am in well into my 5th book purging from my shelves since I started in campus ministry here at the University of Illinois decades ago.
I have pulled more than 100 books from my shelves this time, and I am not done yet. This is my lightest purge to date. My estimate is that I have removed more than 1,000 books in total from my shelves in 4 previous purgings over the years. When I purge, I give them away to people or to a library usually. I purge lots of good books, too, as you can see below. Of course, what I decide to move on you might not. A good book always is in the eye of the beholder.
Do I then keep buying books after a purging of the shelves? What do you think? Of course I do. I’m a book guy. I like to hold books in my hands. Many of my friends have totally converted to a reading device like a kindle. I have a kindle myself and have read lots of books on it, but I’m a guy who really likes to touch a book, takes notes in books with a pen and highlighter. I can really mark books up.