The poor man is not he who is without a cent, but he who is without a dream.
I have so much stuff - and a lot of it is books I haven't looked at in years. I used to think that no matter what, books were sacred and you never got rid of them. But I am afraid I have too many for my house already but I want to keep acquiring them.
So at this stage I have decided that for every book that enters my house I will get rid of two. I have decided that this will benefit me in 2 ways:
|Books stacked on the floor|
- My books will return to a reasonable level where they fit in my bookshelves and I don't have to stack them on the floor.
- If I know I must remove two books for each one I collect, I will think very carefully about which books I acquire.
- Amazon USA and Amazon UK. If I hear about a book somewhere I will check out its price at both Amazon sites. UK Amazon generally has free postage with orders over $50, so I have an ongoing list and only buy books when the value of my list of books reaches $50.
- I buy second hand books at charity shops, mainly the Salvation Army Store in Wollongong.
- Books are given to me as gifts, and if any of my gift givers are reading this, please do not stop giving me books - I love them.
|Some of Daughter J's books|
Daughter R comes a close second when it comes to books. She has quite a few stored on shelves in her old bedroom.
The last 2 books I bought were from the Salvation Army Store.
The first, Who? Why? What? Where? , is actually a set of over 20 research cards, which look really useful for school, although some of them may be a little dated.
The second book, A Purpose Driven Life, by Rick Warren is a Christian book about finding your purpose in life. I first read this book about 6 years ago and it got me going back to church. I have since bought a number of these books for other people and when I saw one going cheap I decided it wouldn't go astray. I might even read it again myself as I found it very inspiring.
The books I am donating back to the Salvation Army Store are pictured below.
The book on Mathematics is one I received over 40 years ago as a free gift with Life magazine when I was a teenager. Interesting, but not looked at for years - and falling apart. It my well be relegated to recycling. The other 3 books are related to teaching English Literature in the senior school. It is unlikely that I will ever do this again. The material is very dated. I bought these second hand over 20 years ago.
I hate to part with them - but I must be strong!
|Photo by Klaus Leidorf|