I recently had a few days off to tackle some chores down in the hollow. Cleaning up the garden took priority as I tried to remove all the vines and stalks that had dried up, leaving me to nurture what remains growing and being fruitful; tomatoes, green peppers, October beans, and one very lonely little pumpkin. It has been dry in the Virginia foothills lately and I found it to be a good time to water everything with what remains in the rain barrel. It won’t be long before the rain barrel will need to be drained and stored away for the winter.
I also tackled some indoor chores, namely floors, baths, and laundry, but one chore remained that I relished and dreaded at the same time: Cleaning and organizing the bookshelf. I love my collection of books, perhaps a bit too much. I have a large number of books that I can’t part with because I enjoyed them so much that I’ve read them over and over. There are research books on my shelf where I keep all things related to my family’s history. There’s a shelf for my Bible and Christian devotionals along with my well used dictionary and thesaurus that I’ve owned since high school which was…well, too long to admit. Of course there is the shelf with all the audio books which has grown exponentially since I discovered J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series read by Jim Dale. They make the drive to work more interesting than the radio. I also have a bookshelf for my large number of photo albums, and a guestroom book case for some of my children’s books and a hodge-podge of autobiographies and nature books for any adult guests. Plus a sturdy shelf in my pantry which holds all my garden books/journals, cooking, and canning books.
And then…and then there is the STACK. The multiple shelves of books that are stacked top to bottom in double rows, with a few books stuffed into nooks and crannies to keep the stacks from falling out. There was even a pile on the floor that my husband was beginning to grumble about tripping over. Yes, I’m talking about the monster STACK! I dreaded taking all those books down, organizing them and reasserting some order over the chaos they had become. Not to mention that I needed to make room on the shelf for the books on the floor. Oh my! I had my work cut out for the day.
At this point I would just like to say to those readers who do not like e-readers, that I am very thankful for my e-reader. I do not have to worry about the STACK on my e-reader and it seems to be able to handle the hundreds of books I have downloaded over the five years that I’ve owned one. Plus I only have to pack one device when I travel and still have access to multiple choices when I need something to read. I am telling you there is value in this technology.
Now that I’ve said my peace about technology, I still love the feel of fine paper and beautiful covers and the wonderful stories that are written between the pages. So, like the scene in Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and the Abominable Snowman, there I sat holding the books, hugging the books, flipping through the books, and calling them…no, not “George,” but by their titles! Which books demanded that I read them first? They needed to be on an outer row. Were there any that no longer held my interest? Absolutely not! Should I stack my favorite authors together? Were there any series that I needed to keep together? Oh the dilemma of ‘re-STACKING’ the shelves.
After many hours I was able to organize my books on the shelve to my satisfaction, bringing forward some that had become lost in the back rows and giving them a fresh place in the outside row. Yes this was pleasing and now all I want to do is read and read and read and read…you get the picture. So stay tuned. Now that my STACK is more orderly I hope to spend more time reading and reviewing books for this blog so that you can decide what to add to your own STACK.
So what is stacking up on your book shelf? Who are your favorite authors? Are there any new authors you want to try?