Links: 300+ Books Lighter 2010 Edition

by Meryl Evans | Category: Blogging, Books, Business, Life Tips, Links, Meryl's Notes Blog, Tech, Writing 4 comments

BooksY’all know I love my books. They’re cheaper than gadgets (I love them, too) and reveal all kinds of wonderful stuff. My seven-year-old’s book shelves overflowed that I couldn’t straighten it anymore. His shelves were the culmination of Mom’s pre-children collection, big sister’s outgrown collection and big brother’s dumped collection.

He let go of many picture books (Aw, I’m proud since it means he wants to challenge himself with harder reading material) and then I reviewed his 250+ books to see what I wanted to keep. This task scared me as I feared I would hold on to too many. Well, I managed to select no more than 20. Proud of myself. Repeat with older son’s books. Survived again.

Plus it’s summer time. You know what that means? It means I start watching Style, Food Network, Bravo type stuff with shows like Clean House and Hoarders. These also motivated me to dump a lot of stuff. I’m even trying to find a home for my precious Theatre World Annual collectible books. These I won’t just give away.

The local Friends of the Public Library is having its annual book sale this month. Debating whether to go. Do I really need to haul in more books? Of course, it won’t be 100 books — I don’t think I’ve ever bought more than 10 (used much restraint!).

Another openin’, another set of links…

Brain food…

  • How to Simplify When You Love Your Stuff: When I came across this the day after the great Snave (read it backwards) book clean of 2010, I knew what to write about in this post.
  • No!” Is a Complete Sentence: Fabulous post from Anne Wayman. Y’all know how it is to say, “No.” But Do you continue on with an explanation or do you stop there? Lori Widmer refers to Anne’s post and adds another important factor — the client’s reaction. Put these two together and you’re golden the next time you need that n-o.
  • Winners of Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest: “A whimsical literary competition that challenges entrants to compose the opening sentence to the worst of all possible novels.”
  • 5 Reasons to Title Your Art: While focused on artwork, it can apply to many things. When I see “Untitled,” I move on and don’t waste my time with it.  [Link: Marcia Yudkin]
  • Ultimate iPhone Apps for Writers: 30+ Productivity and Creativity Boosts: I still use a BlackBerry, but own an iPod Touch. I don’t know that I’d ever want to make the switch to an iPhone because (1) I type faster on hard keyboard than on screen keyboard, and (2) iPhone / iPod Touch has addicting time-wasting apps that having it with me all the time could be harmful to my time management efforts. (I don’t have iPod Touch with me very often.)

And for fun because we’re allowed…

How do you manage your book collection?

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  • Posted by George Angus on July 10th, 2010, 1:52 PM

    Hi Meryl,

    I feel your pain. I loves my books. My recommendation is to go to the sale! Indulge! Being up to your eyeballs in books does not affect simplification of your life – just buy more bookcases!

    Our Friends of the Library hold quarterly sales and you can get a bag of books for five bucks. I’m so going to that.

    Maddy has a huge library of books and it’s great because she’ll kinda rotate through them. She has everything from picture books to Lemony Snicketts to Captain Underpants. Some are above her reading level but I know she’ll get to them.

    Thanks for the great links this time too!

    .-= George Angus’s blog …The Age of Writing =-.

  • Posted by Meryl on July 12th, 2010, 7:23 AM

    @George, OK. You convinced me. I’m a-goin’ to the sale on Friday. What’s frustrating about the sale is that you have to look at every book in the categories because — of course — there’s no sorting involved. Children’s books? Fugetaboudit! Maddy has good taste!

  • Posted by Anne Wayman on July 12th, 2010, 1:21 PM

    I love showing up in blogs I really like… thanks for the link Meryl!
    .-= Anne Wayman’s blog …Where Do I Get Photos To Use With My Writing =-.

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