|Photo of where we camped last week.|
If you've read SOI for awhile, you'll know that I'm in love with used books. Practically, I love them because they're cheap, but on a more romantic level, I love reading a book that has a history to it. Someone else has owned the book, maybe someone gave it to them, maybe they read it on a vacation, who knows! I especially love it when some of that story peeks through. Maybe it's an inscription or some underlining, but whatever trace of the previous owner, that's left in the book, creates that history that I find so interesting and meaningful.
As I stood in the slightly smelly thrift store looking at the donated books, I wondered what histories the books held. As I thumbed through the old books, I thought about what the books said about the community as a whole. The books that you have on your bookshelf speak to what you value. The books that you get rid of also speak to growth and change that you've experienced. Maybe you enjoyed a novel as a child and have grown up, maybe your children have grown and you no longer need the parenting book, maybe you've worked through the book on grief, maybe you've given up on healing, or maybe you just don't have room for books that didn't amaze you; there's so many reasons why a book might end up being donated. Looking at the books that the thrift store had gave me such a unique insight into what that reading community on that reserve valued and perhaps had already overcome.
I carried this thought home with me, and as I write this blog post, I look over at my bookshelves and wonder what they say about me.
What do my books about writing say about me?
What do my books about prayer say about me?
What do my Harry Potter books on the top shelf say about me?
What do my Medieval Studies books say about me?
What do my YA books say about me?
What do my "vintage" books say about me?
What do my mint condition (read: unread) classic books say about me?
What do my Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys books say about me?
What do my bookshelves say about me?
What do your bookshelves say about you?
Reading: This is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving Where You Live by Melody Warnick
Listening: Michael Buble
Watching: Casey Neistat vlogs