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Ruth wants a clean sweep in 2020

Modificato: Gen 5, 2020, 12:16 pm

The topic title is written mostly in jest. I luvs my stuff too much.

I will finish adding up the 2019 numbers later; but I think it went pretty well. Relatively speaking.

Over the holiday, I was able to transplant a couple of small furniture items into daughter's house without any uproar. One was a large cheese box, ottoman sized, and a small wheeled shelving unit.

Today, I found a stack of Maxfield Parrish posters. I find I can live without two of them and will offer them for sale somewhere. I will post them here, if there is anyone interested. Appears they are plates from a bound collection, as there are page numbers. Sized 12" 16".
Both reference tea.

mine is darker and has a subtle flaw midline.

And "Lady Violetta and the Knave"

Gen 5, 2020, 5:00 pm

I'm working on piles of other stuff, but as I went by a particular shelf, I realized that I will never re-read Hatrack River, so out it goes. I was totally entranced by Seventh Son when I first read it, but lost steam somewhere and never did get past the middle of the series.

Gen 5, 2020, 5:46 pm

>2 2wonderY: Well, you'll probably do much more this year, as you gain steam. Sometimes I'm reluctant to read threads here in Land of Discardia, because there are times when I have a serious desire to acquire (your second Maxfield Parrish poster stirs my heart, and no, I don't need it, and you shouldn't send it, no matter the cost. It *is* lovely, just the same.

Sometimes I think I should discard more books (including a stunning amount of A E Van Vogt that I bought because of the covers, having no intention of ever reading them). I remind myself now and then of how sad most estate sales make me, mostly because of the number of items that held memories for people who are no longer around to remember them.

I hope that someone steps up and rescues them both; they're certainly worth keeping.

Gen 13, 2020, 2:05 pm

Well. I just transacted my first internet sale of books. Since I'm so sluggish getting books packaged and to the Post Office (as some of you already know) I've never felt comfortable listing them for sale on regular sale sites.

But I've been checking out for other reasons (gardening and rocket mass heater design). They just began a flea market forum and I decided to test the waters with a couple of collectible books I discarded last fall but haven't sent out the door yet. There are book lovers there as well, and someone bought them within 24 hours. Since it's not really a sale site, the exchange of money will be relaxed and on the honor system. And it won't be anonymous buyers and sellers.

Confession: I bought someone else's offering of pottery bowls. But they will be quickly gifted back out my door to daughter's house!

Gen 15, 2020, 11:32 am

I put a bonus children's book in the package, as there was room in the box.

But, doh! Someone was asking a question on Book Talk about AbeBook's pricing. I went and ordered a few titles just as an experiment. That's my excuse.

Gen 15, 2020, 3:38 pm

>5 2wonderY: You may end up being regretful on the AbeBook's purchases. I recently purchased a book from a seller on AbeBooks, and received my purchase from ... Amazon. AbeBooks is now a subsidiary of Amazon (which I'd forgotten), and although the ISBN was correct, instead of the seller I'd chosen, the book appeared to come straight from Amazon, and although the ISBN is the same, it's 160 pages instead of 174. Mind you, I doubt, in the long term, whether I will really care, but the issue is that I paid for one thing, and ended up getting another.

(Ugh, that's an ugly URL)

Even worse? Amazon enclosed a note stating that it was a gift, and that if I scanned their ugly thing it would take me online so that I could write a thank you note to the giver. Basically, I paid $41.60 for a book that had 174 pages, and Amazon substituted a book they're selling for $24.99, with 160 pages...and told me that it was a gift. I will be very cautious before ordering from AbeBooks again, even though I was a customer for years and years.

I sincerely hop that you have much better luck than I.

Gen 15, 2020, 3:47 pm

>6 Lyndatrue: I'll keep you updated. I've been ordering from AbeBooks since my beloved shut down. So far, I haven't gotten those awful smiley boxes.

Gen 15, 2020, 11:03 pm

>6 Lyndatrue: Amazon has a fantastic return policy.

Gen 18, 2020, 3:29 pm

Spending the long weekend playing in the storage boxes. Have three bags of misc. stuff and clothing by the door thus far.
Also piling up the paperwork. Found a box of old school documents. Tossing these papers:
"Use of soil survey reports to predict crop production potential of farmland"
"A colorimetric method for determining protein in forage"
"Kjeldahl method for determining nitrogen in forage plants"
"Soluble Carbohydrate analysis"
"A key to several small seeded legumes"

Geez. At one point I thought I might want a masters degree. No thanks.

Modificato: Gen 18, 2020, 5:37 pm

Tossing a whole bin of table-top Christmas trees. These were our original cheap mantel-top decorations. I'm trying to not be emotionally attached to them. They're quite clumsy and ugly. And I have much nicer stuff that's replaced these.

(My two seasons of Warehouse 13 arrived. Talk about never throwing anything away!)

Gen 28, 2020, 4:06 am

Another bag of fabric goods out the door - workmates took 3 more tablecloths and Sarah was thrilled with a pretty scarf. I like the idea of scarves, and have a small collection, but in reality, they annoy me part way through the day and get torn off. Also was able to say bye to a couple of dresses that no longer fit.

The big discard was the Mazda. At 327,000 miles, I determined I needed something newer, as I’m on the road all the time. But it’s been a great car and the trade in offers were insulting. So I put some $$ into it to make it safe and offered it to granddaughter. But with the holidays and all, it sat for several months. Which meant I had to replace a tire and the battery before SIL came for it yesterday. Sure eased the parking situation on the curbside. Tossed another bunch of stuff in the back that needs moved to KY anyway and threw in some kitchen linens for Anne’s kitchen. She never has what I’m wanting when I’m there and doing the dishes. Problem solved, and my drawers are lighter.

Mar 1, 2020, 7:09 am

The Boys Next Door – vhs, replaced with dvd.
There’s a Bat in Bunk Five
American Family Style, Mary Randolph Carter – need two pages copied first.
Victorian Chic, Anita Louise Crane
American Country Cottages, Mary Emmerling

(I’ve done the over-layering with pretty things. It’s time to step back from that.)

Also discarded two jigsaw puzzles. I did one, but my eyesight or patience is not what it used to be. Diminished pleasure. Merely began the outline on the second one and gave it up.

Mar 3, 2020, 10:56 am

I'm surprising myself at my openness to discarding some pretties. Better focus on that shelf, eh?

garden style projects

Mar 7, 2020, 1:48 pm

Lost & Found: Decorating with Unexpected Objects, Joanna Wissinger – I think this book was a gift, not chosen by me; an iffy proposition. Primitive dollhouse on page 122 is cool.
The Bird Feeder Book, Thom Boswell
Pigs in Clover, Frank Danby

Mar 17, 2020, 8:32 am

Drat! I've got a box of books in the car for drop-off, but the library is now closed. Should I put donations into the returns slot?

Pastors Ideal Vest-Pocket Record and Ritual - apparently Methodist. Has some sacramental prayers in the back, but is more of a list book: pages to list members, probationers, missionary societies, funerals, sermons preached, etc.

Mar 17, 2020, 5:31 pm

>19 2wonderY: I just now saw this. Have pity on whatever staff there is managing such things. If you can store it in the garage, that's probably for the best. Maybe you can find a local "Little Free Library" and add them to it?

Mar 17, 2020, 7:15 pm

I do stock the one LFL nearby. But our tastes don’t match well.

Mar 27, 2020, 8:15 pm

As an adolescent, my dad let me stay up late and read from his old literature text books. We would read poetry aloud to each other. Adventure stuff, like "The Cremation of Sam McGee." He had three volumes of Prose and Poetry. I still have those, and added two more. I find I can discard those two.

Prose and Poetry Adventures
Prose and Poetry Journeys

Mar 28, 2020, 4:51 am

Some of those old lit textbooks were really good. I have one of my mother's that I grew up with.

Apr 2, 2020, 8:10 pm

Last of March list -

Good Things, Martha Stewart
Prayers that avail much, volume 1 – extra copy
Italian Farm Vacations (2003), Touring Club of Italy – probably way out if date, and not as interesting as I’d hoped.
Daily Meditations (with scripture) for Busy Parents, Tom McGrath – not really helpful

March total = 37

Modificato: Apr 2, 2020, 8:12 pm

Modificato: Apr 10, 2020, 9:39 am

I met my sister half-way between our houses (an hour and a half drive for each) and traded stuff. She gleefully took one of the boxes of books that's been stacked by my door, along with a few other discard items. She was glad to be able to shop for some items not available in the Pittsburgh stores too. (TP, still.) It was odd to be out on the roads, though nobody was being stopped.

Also restocked her on blackberry cordial.

Gasoline was as cheap as $1.19/gallon. (!!!)

Apr 10, 2020, 9:35 am

Peeled, Joan Bauer – CD. Not as successful as some of her other lovely YA books.

Fracking Pennsylvania: Flirting with Disaster; Walter M. Brasch

Tasha Tudor’s illustrated The Wind in the Willows – decided it doesn’t give me sufficient pleasure to own it.

To granddaughter:
Joanne Moss’ illustrated retelling of TWITW, retold by Janet Allison Brown – I have two copies

Apr 10, 2020, 8:48 pm

My eldest sister and I met halfway for visits when we both lived in SC. I had my two, she had her four, and we'd chat at McDonalds and watch the kids having fun on the playground. Has it been over 30 years? Oh, my.

Apr 15, 2020, 7:42 pm

Treasury of Literature: Hold on Tight
Linnea in Monet’s Garden, Christina Bjork
Dvd – Where Jesus Walked, estimated filming decade – 1950s
IKEA catalog from 1997. Not much has changed.
12 Smithsonian magaines
The Widow's Son: A Byelorussian Folk Tale
West Virginia USA

Apr 16, 2020, 1:56 am

>29 2wonderY: Re: IKEA catalog - I bet the prices have changed a lot!

Apr 16, 2020, 7:50 am

>30 MarthaJeanne: Actually, not so much, once I look. They are prices which would seem reasonable now.

Modificato: Apr 21, 2020, 2:41 pm

Enforced stay at home is making me hate my belongings and glad to discard some.

Dvd - Star Wars: Attack of the Clones – bought because I forgot I have the Prequel Trilogy. Not my favorite part of the story.
A Room Full of Toys
Pillars of the Almighty, Ken Follett
The Creators: A History of Heroes of the Imagination, Daniel J. Boorstin
Literary England, from 1943 LIFE magazine picture essay. B&W photos by David E. Scherman, text by Richard Wilcox
The Enlightened Mind, Stephen Mitchell, editor
The Power of Meaning, Emily Esfahani Smith

Apr 23, 2020, 8:36 pm

>33 2wonderY: whew, no book bullets this time!

Modificato: Apr 27, 2020, 7:13 pm

Whenever connectivity is problematic for work activity, I look around the house and pick another corner to weed. Today I unearthed the travel file left over from my time as a childrens' librarian. I'm managing to toss about half of the papers and enjoy memories in the rest of it.
I've been amassing reading lists all my life. Today I freed myself from any further expectations.

College Bound Reading List
World Literature College Prep Reading List
The Professor's Guilt List
Books Every College-Bound Student Should Read

Mag 1, 2020, 7:01 pm

April total (rounding with the magazines) = 30


1948 The Complete Home Handyman’s Guide, Hubbard Cobb

Mag 2, 2020, 10:57 am

I still have a working VCR and the proper connector to the new television. What I’ve misplaced is the remote control, which is required.
Therefore, I will let some of the last of my VHS tapes go:

National Geographic – assuming these have become available on dvd at the library.
The Wilds of Madagascar
In the Shadow of Vesuvius
Mysteries of Mankind
The Grizzlies

Fairie Tale Theatre – sad to see these go; they were delightful.
Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp (V Bertinelli, R Carradine, L Nimoy, JE Jones)
The Tale of the Frog Prince (R Williams. T Garr)
The Princess and the Pea (L Minnelli, T Conti, B Straight)
The Nightingale (Mick Jagger)

Random titles, probably available elsewise
1931 Maedchen in Uniform
1931 Indiscreet (Gloria Swanson)
1952 High Noon (Gary Cooper)
1959 Bergman’s The Magician (Max von Sydow)
1991 The Waterdance (E Stoltz, H Hunt)
1998 In & Out (K Kline, Joan Cusack)
1999 The Castle (by Miramax)

Mag 2, 2020, 10:59 am

Oh, and a short stack of Buckeye State Button Society quarterly magazines.

Mag 2, 2020, 12:30 pm

Perhaps a few more
1949 Holiday Affair R Mitchum, J Leigh)
1939 The Women (Shearer, Crawford, Russell) – I do have this lovely film on dvd.
1994 Nobody’s Fool (P Newman)

There are a dozen others that I will not let go until I can access them in another format. Need to add them to my quick glance seeking list but I fear some may be too obscure. The one that really pains me is the 1999 Max Beesley The Match. Great little film!

Mag 2, 2020, 12:52 pm

Oh! Missed this pile
1945 The Corn is Green (B Davis) perhaps her only sympathetic role?
1956 Friendly Persuasion (G Cooper, D McGuire)
1983 Flashdance

Mag 2, 2020, 5:23 pm

My son can convert VHS to DVD, but it's a long process. He snagged a huge collection of Reading Rainbow tapes and is making copies for his nieces.

Mag 2, 2020, 7:24 pm

>40 2wonderY: I loved (still love) all three of those. No, I don't want your copies. Nobody's Fool is something I may break down and buy on DVD. Your list is always fascinating.

While I'm thinking about it, Friendly Persuasion was notable for Pat Boone singing the song "Friendly Persuasion" (I used to love him, back in those days). Gosh, he was born June 1, 1934. I only watched the film all the way through a couple of times, but I still love the song.

Mag 3, 2020, 3:37 pm

Oddly, they are all available on YouTube, but the site informs me that my browser of choice will no longer be supported. I'm always on the low end of the stick nowadays with media.

I still have a nice collection of cassette tapes!

I take recyclables to the drop off site every few days, just so I can manage it. Been clearing out old papers. Sadly, today I brought home more in weight than I dropped off. Snatched up 10 recent home décor magazines. Did you know they now retail for $12 each?!!!
HGTV, House Beautiful, Country Living, BH&G.

Mag 3, 2020, 9:55 pm

$12 for a magazine????


Mag 5, 2020, 8:20 pm

I really am trying to dispose of multiple layers of belongings. I have a separate and private list tallying household goods that are bagged/boxed and taken to the thrift store. (The Salvation Army is still taking donations during business hours, though the store, of course, is closed.)

So possessions and household is my theme of the year. Reading The Little Grey House, the Greys are in financial straits and have to consider selling some of their family heirlooms. They reference "lares and penates" which seems to mean house and furnishings, though googling the term suggests they reference household gods of ancestry and place. Still accurate. These household gods are brought to the table for feasts and witness special family events. They get offered foods, but also claim anything that falls from the table.

Anyway, "lares and penates" seems a good title for a book or a talk thread. Eh?

Mag 5, 2020, 9:08 pm

>47 2wonderY: I love words and their meanings, and roots. And I enjoyed learning about "lares and penates". It would have been our loss if some editor decided to modernize the text.

Mag 5, 2020, 9:18 pm

I guess Google has it's blessings. I'm reading a copy they've scanned. A digital file of every book ever printed - I'm all for that!

Mag 8, 2020, 7:47 am

chipping away

The Rite: the making of a modern exorcist, Matt Baglio
The Fruit of the Spirit, Stuart Briscoe - photos inside of my dear friends as we studied the book.

The Science of Eating, Alfred W. McCann – duplicate
World Religions Made Simple, Mark Water
The Church in History, B. K. Kuiper – used in a study group; won’t reference again.

Mag 8, 2020, 10:31 am

Keep chipping!

I thought I was doing well rehoming, then after a recommendation I bought 20 books by Hammond Innes...I have no clue where to shelve them!

Modificato: Mag 10, 2020, 7:24 pm

Our Literary Heritage, Van Wyck Brooks & Otto L. Bettmann – some very nice illustrations
Black Holes: a journey to the heart of a black hole – and into one of the greatest mysteries of the universe, Heather Couper
dvd epic
A Guide to Wizards of the World
Time-Life Library of Nations The Soviet Union
Golden Press Gems and Jewels
Eternal Egypt, Clement Robichon (1955)
Macmillan Illustrated Animal Encyclopedia (1984) – discarded shabby library copy. I’m going to disassemble it and save the small mammal section.

Mag 10, 2020, 9:26 pm

Mag 13, 2020, 1:21 pm

I keep watching to see if there's anything of interest, but none of your discards appeal to me.

Good job!

Mag 13, 2020, 3:17 pm

The Chambers is a TBSL.

Modificato: Mag 14, 2020, 3:42 pm

In Search of the Holy Land, H. V. Morton (1979) color photos showing ancient and modern Israel.
The Holy Land in Colour, Sami Awwad (1994) – much nicer than above, same concept.
Exploring the Old Testament, W. T. Purkiser (1962)
God and History in the Old Testament, Harvey H. Guthrie, Jr. (1960)
The Struggle for America’s Soul, Robert Wuthnow (1989)
The American Religion, Harold Bloom (1992)
Spiritual Politics, Mark Silk (1988)
Miracles of Mary, Michael S. Durham
Documents from Old Testament Times, D. Winton Thomas (1958) – only the very last section actually references anything biblical. Most are random cuniform & stele documents.
The Biblical Period from Abraham to Ezra, W. F. Albright (1962)
Western Society and the Church in the Middle Ages, R. W. Southern (1970)
Women of the Bible, Good Will Publishers (1969) – a catechism gift book. The art depicts western-style females. Miriam is sassy. Elisabeth is a jolly old lady.
Women of the Bible, Good Will Publishers (1962) – a catechism gift book. Slightly more faithful renditions of some, using mostly Middle Eastern colorings.

I had a political analysis book ready to add to the pile, but when I opened it, the type font is larger than normal. With such a relief to my eyes, I'm keeping it and will put it on the TBR-soon pile.

Mag 15, 2020, 10:16 am

Jesus and the Twelve, Good Will Publishers (1958) – a catechism gift book. This has a blurb about the artist, Alberta Rae Richards, who paints from live models, choosing them for depicting one spiritual attribute per apostle. Some of them are very close to photo image; all are somber, except for Philip, with a Hollywood bright smile. I’m keeping the 1969 version, with more cheer and determination showing.

God’s Plan for You, Bekeh Ukelina Utietiang
God Our Contemporary, J. B. Phillips – a worthy author. I’m reading Your God is Too Small at the moment.
Protecting Your Family, Charles Stanley

(No, I am not discarding my entire religion collection. It fills an entire 6 shelf Billy and spills over to a shelf here and there in other rooms. I taught Sunday school and youth group for over a decade. I built my collection partly deliberately and then, with abandon, scooped up any interesting title at the yearly Trinity Church used book sale. They devoted an entire room each year to the category.)

Mag 15, 2020, 3:53 pm

Talbot wrote some beautiful music.

Mag 15, 2020, 7:00 pm

>60 2wonderY: liquor stores?

I used to scarf up boxes from McDonald's too.

Mag 16, 2020, 1:39 am

Liquor store boxes are likely to have bottle divisions built in.

Mag 16, 2020, 2:22 pm

“Lord, teach us to pray”, Ohio Valley College, Duane Warden
Lord, teach us to pray, Arthur Paul Boers
Tomorrow’s Catholics, Yesterday’s Church, Eugene Kennedy
In His Light, William A. Anderson – disappointing, just an update of the Baltimore Catechism.
The Missionary’s Catechism, Russell L. Ford – more of the same, but harsher.

Vanishing Eden, Edward G. Atkins
The Alps, Pierre Leprohon
Eye Tricks, Gary W. Priester – easy for the eye to relax on these, but what is found is not interesting.
Sears, Roebuck and Co. Consumers Guide: Fall 1900 – this is a miniature reproduction; I have a full size copy of the 1897 catalog.

Modificato: Mag 16, 2020, 7:10 pm

I'm getting into the psychology of reduction.

Russian Self-Portraits, David Attie

I will try to sell these:
Golden Legacy, Leonard S. Marcus
Roger Tory Peterson field guides (leather bound and gilt edged, fine condition)
Warblers, Dunn Garrett
Eastern Butterflies, Alexander B. Klots
Moths, Charles V. Covell, Jr.
Beetles, Richard E. White

whoops! Missed one:
Southwestern and Texas Wildflowers, Theodore F. Niehaus

Mag 17, 2020, 9:22 am

Getting Acquainted with Literature, Bradford Chambers, editor. - appears to be one of a children’s’ set. Lots of classic stories, and the original illustrations, which are not credited. Not the best reproduction quality anyway.
Power Through Prayer, E. M. Bounds – a boring classic (2 copies)
Who Lived Here? A Baker's Dozen of Historic New England Houses and Their Occupants, M. A. DeWolfe Howe

Mag 17, 2020, 5:53 pm

I may offer these Children’s bibles to the church as they are Catholic, but the text is not really well done, though the physical – again, leather bindings and gilt edges:
1958 The Bible Story Simply Told: Volume 1 and 2, Richard Beron

Literary Anecdotes, Donald Hall, editor – gossipy stories about American authors.
Church: Charism & Power. Leonardo Boff
Contemporary Catholic Theology, John Tully Carmody
Everyday Talk: Talking Freely and Naturally about God with Your Children, John A. Younts
The Child’s Story Bible, Catherine F. Vos – hard to place a target age. Dense type, few pictures.
Martha Graham: A Dancer’s Life, Russell Freedman
Edward Curtis: Coming to Light, Anne Makepeace
Why You Should Read Children’s Books, Katherine Rundell

Mag 18, 2020, 2:04 pm

A NYT bestseller in 1957, but showing poor staying power, Silver Spoon, Edwin Gilbert
Life After Death, Maurice and Louis Becque – tag inside with the price 8s 6d.
Kodak Library Mastering Composition and Light
Photographing Buildings and Cityscapes

Mag 18, 2020, 7:51 pm

Lacs Italiens, Charles Dessart
Historical Atlas of Expeditions, Karen Farrington
One of the books in a Readers Digest series - The Eventful 20th Century – The Way We Lived – much too broad in time and places. I lived half the century, and there was only one page I could identify with – the 1968 war protests. Those shaggy people are mine.

Mag 19, 2020, 8:20 am

And Ruth keeps rolling along...

Mag 19, 2020, 8:32 pm

Conversations with Poppi about God, Robert W. Jenson
Henderson the Rain King, Saul Bellow – this has been staring at me for quite a while, and I’m finally saying No Thanks. I feel free!
Sandro Botticelli, Phaidon Press/Oxford U Press – portraits! lovely ladies!

Mag 23, 2020, 12:59 pm

A Sketchbook of Biblical Theology, Joseph Blenkinsopp – deals with themes that interest me, and just post-Vatican, but oh so dryly.
Dream Park, Larry Niven & Steven Barnes
100 Diagrams that Changed the World, Scott Christianson – one of those books published just to fill the Bargain Books sections at Borders and Barnes & Noble. I typically was more discerning, but this one caught me. It’s a waste, though nicely bound.

Mag 24, 2020, 3:27 pm

These appear to belong to the church library:
Dogma 1: God in Revelation, Michael Schmaus
Dogma 2: God and Creation, same
Dogma 5: The Church as Sacrament, same

O-kay! Tackling the classics shelf:
Fathers and Sons, Ivan S. Turgenev – will I read it? No. Nice gilded binding though.
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte – won’t read it again.
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll – not sure I ever read it.

Mag 24, 2020, 3:49 pm

I worked at Borders during the season that The Secret was published and I was amazed at how many adults got sucked in to the philosophy offered in that book, even people from church. I was also teaching Sunday school at the time. 5th or 7th grade, I’m not sure which; but young adolescents. I was curious how well they would be able to discern, so I read a few passages to them. I was so proud when they quickly found the defects and holes in the prosperity gospel as presented by Byrne. So I have a few books on my shelves for that particular purpose. Tossing The Real Meaning of the Zodiac, James Kennedy

Mag 24, 2020, 3:52 pm

Tom Ilderton, Mrs. Scott, 1865 - obscure sunday school gift book.
boys to Men, Tim Gray
Deutschland, Anke Wacker
Three Came Home, Agnes Newton Keith
Holy Bible in three volumes by The Ballantyne Press, London and Ediburgh, 1911 translation for the Church of England. Leatherbound, tight, spines in poor shape, lots of color illustrations.

Mag 25, 2020, 8:22 am

The Book of Common Prayer, The Episcopal Church
Down to the Sea, Morgan Robertson (1905) – sea stories; the first is very odd.
At the Time Appointed, A. Maynard Barbour
The Market-Place, Harold Frederic – despite the nice cover, it seems to be about a finance crazed man, and he is extremely anti-Semitic. His ramblings and secrets seem to go on and on, and there are no sympathetic characters to hold me to the story to see whether he gets reformed.
The Decorative Illustration of Books, Walter Crane – I fianally admit I have no use for this book except in the most abstract way. I have many of the illustrations in other, better forms elsewhere. This is a niggly skimpy edition of what should be done in grand style.
Self-Raised, Mrs. E.D.E.N. Southworth

Mag 25, 2020, 11:46 am

>76 2wonderY: the best way to not get sucked into false teaching is to study the Bible. I am reminded of an article I read about how counterfeit money is identified: the agents study real dollars...and so notice the differences in counterfeit bills they come across.

Mag 25, 2020, 11:50 am

>79 fuzzi: Oh, absolutely. I had those kids excited about exploring scripture.

Mag 25, 2020, 5:13 pm

Aware of the Wicked, Judy Joyce & Amanda Somerville
The Young Folks Shelf of Books: Sport and Adventure (Volume 9) – probably bought for the B. J. Chute story. These are all boys’ stories and she is the sole female author in this volume.
Ned’s Search / Dick’s Strength
Gunsight Pass, {{William MacLeod Raine (Joe Pease)
Field Guide to Native Oak Species of Eastern North America, John Stein et al. – never realized till just now that I have two copies. Huh!

Mag 25, 2020, 7:47 pm

The Sleeping Beauty, Clifton Johnson
Rootabaga Stories, Carl Sandburg
The Arabian Nights, Orton Lowe introduction, Adeline H. Bolton illustrations (1924) – I have two other collections with nicer pictures.
MacMillan’s Pocket Classics Hawthorne’s Twice-Told Tales, Charles Robert Gaston editor
Hawthorne Selected Tales and Sketches, Hyatt H. Waggoner intro
Black Fox of Lorne, Marguerite de Angeli – yep, I had another copy.

Mag 26, 2020, 11:36 am

>81 2wonderY: I am going to rehome the copy of Black Fox of Lorne you sent to me. I enjoyed it, but I'm trying to not keep books that I probably will not reread any time soon. My bookshelves are full and groaning.

However, if that oak guide needs a home...

Giu 2, 2020, 10:16 am

Two more for May

“Temporal Power”, Marie Corelli – Geez, had no idea how ugly her ideas are.
Meister Eckhart: The Gospel of Peace and Justice, Richard Woods

giving me a monthly total of 166. I thought it would be more.

Giu 2, 2020, 10:21 am

>83 fuzzi: You can have it, but no guarantees on time.

I pulled two index boxes of magazines down from the attic, and decided I can release two dozen copies of GEO Magazine. It was a very nice publication for a few years; much like National Geographic, but slightly larger format. Counting each one as a book, so that starts off my June on a good foot.

Giu 2, 2020, 11:56 am


24 GEO Magazines
Rabbit Hill, Robert Lawson – a very tattered copy, because I decided to replace it with a near fine old edition; because I can.

Giu 2, 2020, 4:52 pm

>24 2wonderY: love Rabbit Hill. I wonder if it might have been an inspiration for Watership Down? I recall Richard Adams took the stories he made up and told his children as a basis for the rabbits but perhaps an early childhood reading of Lawson's delightful book could have been an influence.

I don't need to identify oak trees anytime soon, take your time. Thank you.

Modificato: Giu 3, 2020, 12:01 pm

This one sat on my maybe stack for a while. I can let it go.
Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum: The Gilded Age

Giu 5, 2020, 10:59 am

>88 2wonderY: coffee table book? Those are nice but mine generally sit on a shelf somewhere...

Giu 7, 2020, 10:10 am

>89 fuzzi: No. More a book sold in the museum gift shop.

The Gilded Age, Mark Twain – seems a straight story, no humor.
Pilgrim’s Inn, Elizabeth Gouge
Politically Correct Holiday Stories, James Finn Garner
Christmas Ornament Legends, Beth Merck, Jon Combs
The Night Before Christmas, pop-up carousel book by Ruth Sanderson – to Theia.
We Wish You A Merry Christmas, Michael Hague – not nearly as special as his Alphabears, but also to Theia.
The Sharing Knife: Beguilement, Lois McMaster Bujold – thought I’d givr it another try, but Nah! I’ll stick with the series I love.
Rediscover the Saints, Matthew Kelly – typical Catholic educator – mealy old school; not dynamic at all.
I don’t need three lives of the apostles. For now, I’ll keep the one written by Pope Benedict, but I might toss that one as well. None of them adds much.
The Twelve: the lives of the Apostles after Calvary, C. Bernard Ruffin
The Thirteen Apostles (includes Matthias), J. Ellsworth Kalas

Giu 7, 2020, 10:13 am

I'm also tackling my attic morass. My collection of Christmas decorations is mighty. I was able to discard a good box-full of Santas. Discrimination!

Giu 7, 2020, 10:42 am

Ha! Just did the same thing with my snowmen. This was easier. Many have been random gifts from acquaintances through the years, and only kept for the sake of massing the group; which I've done both at the office and back two decades ago, at the library. Not likely to need doing anymore. Besides, I still have my putz houses and winter woodland animals, which I much prefer for shelf displays.

Giu 7, 2020, 11:11 am

If you don't want the Bujold...

I'm hoping to get to Chicago sometime this summer. And see some friends along the way, including you. 😊

Modificato: Giu 14, 2020, 7:33 pm

I've spent the weekend sorting and straightening bins of fabric. I haven't had a working sewing machine for quite a while. My collection is from the 80s and 90s, back when we had a fun discount fabric store. I used to make garments and household upholstered goods. I haven't determined what part of it will go with me to KY, but I've been able to sort to fabric content and purpose and even discard a minor portion. Color, pattern and hand (soft, silky heavy cottons!) are all important to me.

The new house has a full clean well-lit basement. I envision using that space for hobbies. We'll see.

Giu 15, 2020, 2:44 am

Maybe you'll even buy a new sewing machine!

Modificato: Giu 15, 2020, 9:58 am

I'd prefer finding a sewing machine wizard who could service my Singer 1425. My husband bought it for me and I LOVE it. It had the best specialty stitches that I've ever seen. I finally gave up having the local Singer store work on it. I would pay, take it home, and it would immediately snarl again.

I also have a treadle machine, which is what I learned on as a child. But no space here to ever set it up and determine whether it works. I could live with that for everyday use. Both my girls have sewing rooms in their houses, and the oldest has done my sewing for me for the last decade, but my projects do tend to get lost in her room.

I'm not saying I wouldn't buy another machine, though...

But I do need to settle on just a few passions in this, my last move.

Giu 15, 2020, 4:33 pm

Thank goodness for LibraryThing.

Back when I worked at the library, if a title interested me, I could order it immediately and hands on poke into it and decide if it was worth my time.

When I worked at Borders, there was much less opportunity without buying it. So I would print off the slips with publishing data on them and intend to check them out later. I have stashes of these in various places. Just came across one stack and looking them up here, reading the descriptions and reviews, I can toss most of them in the recycling bin.

Giu 16, 2020, 7:24 am

I finally had the bright idea to email one our deacons and ask if I could drop off a box of religious books for the parish library onto his front porch. They can isolate there! I was going to give away my St. Francis of Assisi statue as well. But when I set it out on the porch rail, instead of a bedroom shelf, it was obvious that he belongs outside. And very soon, I will have a huge covered back deck and associated gardens to place him. He stands with arms upraised and birds arching from one hand to the other. A gift from a now retired pastor.

So one box down.

The library is limited open, but still not taking donations.

I have an electrician coming Saturday, so I need to clear a better path for him to reach the attic. Vent fan needs new motor. It makes a huge difference in the comfort level throughout the house.

Giu 16, 2020, 7:39 am

>97 2wonderY: my mother had a Singer Featherweight machine she used for years, and my dad kept it serviced. When she passed, my sisters kindly let me keep it. But I only used it a couple times in 10 years so I finally gave it to my "sewing" sister, who cherishes it and uses it. I appreciate those who sew. I don't, unless you call darning and replacing buttons by hand "sewing".

Nice idea about donating the religious books to the church.

I'd love to see your statue if you care to share a picture.

Giu 16, 2020, 7:54 am

It's this, except mine is beige

Giu 16, 2020, 8:13 am

>100 fuzzi: Considering that many people throw clothes away rather than replace a button, if you actually DARN you are part of the sewing sisterhood.

Giu 16, 2020, 3:35 pm

>101 2wonderY: lovely. Just lovely.

>102 MarthaJeanne: my darning isn't pretty, but it's effective. I mainly do jeans, jean skirts, and my son's beloved t-shirts that should probably be tossed but that he wants to keep. As I said, not pretty, just effective.

My mother used to mend socks, and do a DARN good job. She kept a burned-out light bulb in her sewing basket for the task.

Giu 16, 2020, 4:09 pm

Three kitchen waste bin-sized bags of fabric and misc. went to the charity shop today. I loaded up some of my best discards and took three boxes (Ba-Ba Black Sheep?) to the only used book store in the county. They chose half a box-full and gave me decent credit. $68, but that includes a prior transaction. Cash purchases yield less money. But there's no point getting credit if you don't use it, right? Came home with The Wizard's Map and Look-Alikes.

Giu 16, 2020, 4:19 pm

>103 fuzzi: I normally won't do socks or trouser inner thighs. I did darn my mother's pressure hose, though, where her toenails had ripped them. Those things are expensive! But I won't do heels etc. because I can't do them smoothly enough not to cause blisters.

I used to offer to lengthen my son's trousers with an embroidered strip, but he seemed to break down each time and agree to go shopping.

Giu 16, 2020, 4:54 pm

I was the family darner when I was young. Those were awful socks for the most part. Today’s knit blends are so much nicer and sturdier. I still have my basket, but haven’t needed it.

Giu 16, 2020, 5:22 pm

>105 MarthaJeanne: I won't darn socks for the same reason you won't do heels: can't get it smooth enough.

Giu 18, 2020, 1:44 pm


I called the library and talked to real people. Officially, they are not taking donations until the end of July, if then. I explained that I am preparing to move and need to dispose of these 11 boxes of materials - really really good stuff! sooner than that. I got permission to bring them tomorrow. They have a storage shed out back. Huh. Simple solution, eh?

In Our Church, Sara G. Klein

Giu 19, 2020, 7:28 am

Modificato: Giu 20, 2020, 5:19 pm

A Pictorial History of the American Indian, Oliver La Farge
Die Bibel, Martin Luther translation to German, 1847 printing, Philadelphia, PA
Incredible Quilts for Kids of all Ages, Jean Ray Laury – the fish quilt on the cover and the Creepy Crawlies quilt are nice.
Once Upon a More Enlightened Time, James Finn Garner – extra copy. These don’t age particularly well, but they (with Politically Correct Bedtime Stories will share a small corner with my deck of Old Bachelor cards and The Legal Guide to Mother Goose.
Ben and Me, Robert Lawson

Giu 20, 2020, 7:11 pm

>111 2wonderY: you're not saving Ben and Me for grands?

Giu 20, 2020, 7:39 pm

I just re-read it and enjoyed it, but only marginally. I did just replace my copy of Rabbit Hill with a better condition copy. That's a permanent title.

Giu 20, 2020, 8:03 pm

Oh, and I checked with daughter. She has already claimed the shelf of adolescent fiction in the upstairs hall, where this title should have been stashed. She gave me the go-ahead.

Giu 20, 2020, 8:12 pm

I had an electrician come in this morning to replace the roof fan motor. I've been working steadily all week to clear the floors from the front door all the way through the house up to the attic. I'm pretty pleased with the results.
I've got another book discard box going and a small pile of other stuff in the car for the thrift shop.

The librarian was really pleased to take the Styrofoam clawfoot bathtub that's been in my attic since my own stint as a children's librarian. Penney's used to have periodic yard sales to dispose of their display props. Great stuff!

Lug 6, 2020, 7:38 am

ending June's count

The Wizard’s Map, Jane Yolen
Weeding the cassette tapes (I still have two machines that play cassettes. Wouldn’t it be nice to acquire your music in just one format in your lifetime?
Abraxas, Santana
Twin Sons of Different Mothers, Dan Fogelberg and Tim Weisberg

So a good round number
JUNE - 60

Lug 6, 2020, 12:56 pm

>116 2wonderY: good job!

Lug 6, 2020, 1:20 pm

I’m looking around trying to decide which furniture goes to KY. Not much will fit correctly. Shaking my head in frustration, but eager to get started.
Did you see my new thread in Gardens and Books?

Lug 9, 2020, 9:36 am

I have too much music, and much of it in cassette form. But it's all good stuff. And I can visualize listening to it more in my new home. Funny how spaces differ in that regard.

I've also got random CDs that were samples, free to employees, from when I worked at Borders Book Store. Spent a bit listening and was able to put 15 items on the discard pile. Not gonna list them.

I'd like to replace a lot of the cassettes with CDs, but Second Spin closed in April. Very sad. I refuse to shop Amazon.

Lug 9, 2020, 10:14 am

>119 2wonderY: try ebay. I've gotten new and used CDs and DVDs through them.

Lug 9, 2020, 10:18 am

Do you still have to send money first? I don't do Paypal.
I like sites where my charge card is registered securely.

Lug 10, 2020, 12:54 pm

>121 2wonderY: I've used Paypal on Ebay for years, never had a problem. Most of the sellers use Paypal.

Lug 14, 2020, 10:21 am

The Doll House Book, Stephanie Finnegan - water damaged. plumbing leak. probably will not replace it.

Lug 14, 2020, 1:07 pm

The Golden Age of Victorian Architecture – pamphlet with a dozen floor plans
The American Farmhouse, Henry J. Kauffman

And one of the upholstered chairs in the living room is gone. I considered taking it to KY, so I actually sat in it. Oh! Hard as a rock, nearly. Yes, I could get a new foam cushion. I've always liked the lines of it, but wasn't particularly fond of the old gold color. It wouldn't go well in my new grey room. Too much trouble to transport it as well as refurbish it.

Lug 27, 2020, 8:25 am

OKAY! It’s time to get serious.
There are too many books, not enough wall space. I will be moving only a fraction of my bookcases. I’ve already boxed and transported the children’s classics. I may weed a little as I unpack them. There is space already built for them. I may carry the slender wood case they lived in, but it has little merit right now.

Second case is the oak stacking case with glass doors. It houses Steinbeck, Barrie, Myrtle Reed, Henry van Dyke, Lloyd Douglas, some Hebrew textbooks and some miscellaneous. I’ve already found two for the discard pile:
Pilgrim’s Progress – I tried to read it last year and got very bogged down, you might say. Not to my tastes at all. Same flaws as Don Quixote. I’m impatient in my old age.
The Magic Journey – I love The Milagro Beanfield War and have tried this a couple times with no success. I’ll stick with my loves.

Of Mice and Men – never liked it, frankly.
Tortilla Flat – I guess I really only need one copy.

To Life! L’Chaim! - such a nice book.
Hebrew for Dummies – who am I kidding?
Etz Hayim
a book so thoroughly in Hebrew script that I can’t give a title. There is a statement in English – “printed in Argentine” and a printer’s note in Spanish.

Wood County Remembered – local history
Images of America Wood County West Virginia

Giving up on the notion that I will read:
When Knighthood was in Flower
The Voyage of the Martin Connor – nice cover. Harry, would you like this one?

Shifted a handful of books to other collections (Penrod back on the Tarkington shelf, a couple of children’s anthologies onto the classics pile, an art book with its fellows) and I’ve got almost 24 inches emptied.

Lug 27, 2020, 8:28 am


Ago 6, 2020, 1:32 pm

>125 2wonderY: I've weeded out most of my classics, because they are readily available at the library, or online, or even at used book stores!

Modificato: Ago 9, 2020, 7:36 am

>127 fuzzi: I loves my classics collection. They go with me.

So, July's total was a mere 15.

August starts with the first 5 books in the Young Wizards series. We went to the second hand store and found #6 as well for Olivia.
I found #7 and #8 later and those will also transfer. I recently listened to most on audio. I think I've already tossed the two related cat books.
Liv says she likes to read an entire series through all at once. Boy, not me. Too intense.

Daughter says she will take all my Steinbecks.

The Blythedale Romance
The DisContinuity Guide, Paul Cornell, et al. – Dr. Who material; not my thing
The Versatile Millstone Workhorse of Many Industries. Jon A. Sass (1984)
The Potting Shed, Linda Joan Smith
Out on the Porch, intro by Reynolds Price
Deconstructing Dylan, Lesley Choyce

I managed to sell the two local histories culled in July.

Ago 9, 2020, 3:00 pm

Tackling the tall pine bookcase just inside the living room. Ancient encyclopedias are going with me. I was raised with this set, and exchanged them on the shelf for the more recent, but still out of date set my children used.

However, I no longer need:

501 Must-Read Books
Winter Poems, Barbara Rogasky – bought for T. S. Hyman’s illustrations. Gives a glimpse into her home life, as they are drawn from her home.
Teddy Bears: An Anthology of Verse & Prose, Smithmark – will share with grandbaby and then toss.
Reader’s Digest Natural Disasters, Dougal Dixon
The Lattice Gardener. William C. Mulligan
The Complete Book of Garden Magic, Roy E. Biles (1951)
Trees of the West, Lambert Florin (1977)
Daughters of Painted Ladies, Elizabeth Pomada – time to pass these books to daughter, who actually has a Victorian home.
Murmurs of Earth: the Voyager Interstellar Record, Carl Sagan – I was so excited about this book that I bought two; one to lend out. I never did find anyone else as thrilled as me.
Irwin the Sock, David J. Klein

still working on it...

Modificato: Ago 9, 2020, 3:46 pm

the pig with the straight tail, Lou Hazam
The Moon’s Revenge, Joan Aiken – nice illustration by Alan Lee.
Daisy Rothschild, Betty Leslie-Melville
A Mouse in the House, Henrietta – I knew I had an original copy! That’s where it was!
The First Tulips in Holland
Thunder Cake, Patricia Polacco
One Dragon’s Dream, Peter Pavey
Winnie the Witch, Korky Paul
A Child’s Garden of Verses, Stevenson, illustrated by Eulalie – might find a buyer. Nice condition.

Ago 9, 2020, 8:01 pm

>128 2wonderY: That said about the classics, I will thin the top shelf. I’ve got decorative bindings up here, but several I know I will never crack open. Saving Dickens, Erasmus, B. Franklin, Austen.

The Works of William Shakespeare Complete
Anna Karenina – International Collectors Library, translator Constance Garnett
Alice in Wonderland / Through the Looking Glass – ICL
The Praise of Folly – I find I can release one copy of the four I own. It is the same translation as another, but suffers in pink paperback with someone else’s scribbled notes. Read on my own in my college years and re-visited with fondness periodically.

Houses by Mail, Katherine Cole Stevenson
Vintage Wood Works, Catalog #5
Country Designs, E. Peter Schelleus
The Cat Who Tasted Cinnamon Toast, Ann Spencer
The Forbidden Door, Marilee Heyer

Ago 10, 2020, 5:05 pm

Age of Reason, Thomas Paine
Reigning Cats and Dogs, Katharine MacDonogh
Bow Wow Tao, Chu Toy

I can reduce my small collection of natural disaster books:
Reader’s Digest Great Disasters - two notable items – the description of restoration of art and old books after the 1966 flood in Florence, Italy; concrete drainpipes used for temporary shelters after the 1976 Tangshan, China earthquake. Good idea!
Planet Earth Flood – goes into even greater detail on the Florentine flood. Restorers of one work recovered paint chips from the mud; and removed more paint to allow the wood underneath to dry out.
I may re-consider on these. Fascinating!

Modificato: Ago 10, 2020, 5:13 pm

>131 2wonderY: I always read your thread on what you're discarding, and it's all I can do to not beg you to send certain ones to me. I'm lucky to live so far away, or else I'd be knocking on your door, and begging you to put various items in a bos.

Mind you, I have no need of any of them. It's just my deeply acquisitive nature that makes me want them. It's a fascinating thread, just the same.

(It was the Alice in Wonderland/Through the Looking Glass that almost did me in.)

Ago 10, 2020, 5:16 pm

>134 Lyndatrue: Sympathizing. Just consider: if I'm willing to abandon these awesome books; think what I'm retaining! I wish you could come by. There are so few of us around anymore.
Tea and cake always on the menu.

Ago 10, 2020, 5:29 pm

>135 2wonderY: Aw, shucks. I wish I could visit. I no longer fly, and am unwilling to make a drive from the wilds of eastern WA to visit West Virginia or Kentucky, which are both mythical lands far away from me. I know for sure that I will continue to pick up books if they're free, no matter how unlikely it is that I will ever read them. A neighbor had items out on a table that were free, and I came home with four books. I needed zero of them.

I already know that you are retaining books that I want (and do not need). It stands to reason.

Ah, well. Off to the day...

Modificato: Ago 10, 2020, 5:43 pm

Stopping to see how I'm doing. I've got four copier paper boxes filled with books, and another overflowing with the discards. I built this bookcase back in the long-ago using 1x10" pine; stained dark brown. It stands 5 feet and is 3 feet wide. So, 15 linear feet of shelving, plus the top. I put it together with glue and finishing nails. It is sturdy as all heck. I think I want to paint it white, with perhaps teal on the interior back. Perhaps add just a bit of fancy trim. It's slated for the master bedroom.
There is at least another box-load still to sort on it.

PS: There are a few items that will just not fit in my vehicle; and so will have to wait on a truck rental and some help. This one just barely won't fit. So emptying it now and taking up floor space with boxes was not the brightest idea.

Ago 11, 2020, 12:13 pm

More tastys:

Ten Thousand A-Year, vol. II, Samuel Warren – despite being part of the family heritage collection, I see no point in holding on to it without volume 1. It appears to be long-winded; both a novel and English political commentary. The phrasing is ponderous, not graceful. The character names are silly : Tittlebat Titmouse, Mr. Clipclose, Mr. Weasel, etc.
Portrait Painting, Malcolm Warner – a slim volume already falling apart. I brought it home for the Raphaels and Rembrandts. I will keep a couple of plates, such as Erasmus by Holbein the Younger and Raphael’s Castiglione.

Ago 11, 2020, 8:44 pm

Mary Randolph Carter’s three Junk books have been sitting here quite a while for review. I love to go junking. And I seem to have mastered her style. Stuff everywhere. It’s fun; but it’s time to change my ways. They go. Bye-bye:
American Junk
Kitchen Junk
Garden Junk

Ago 18, 2020, 12:52 pm

Working on thinning two top shelves.

Becoming Catholic, even if you happen to be one, J. Killgallon
Rembrandt Paintings, Horst Gerson – a huge tome; decided I can live without it. It cost me $1; haven’t decided whether to cut out a couple of prints.
Many Are Called, Scott Hahn
Covenant and Communion, Scott Hahn
The Jesus I Never Knew, Philip Yancey – good book. Eliminating the HB copy because, oddly, the PB has a larger font.
Light of the World, Pope Benedict XVI and Peter Seewald
The Anatomy of Motive, John Douglas

Ago 18, 2020, 12:58 pm

>140 2wonderY: the font is one selling point for me now, and I check used books for readability before buying.

Ago 18, 2020, 1:46 pm

I saw an interesting book recently, but it was 4-500 pages, and printed in what I would estimate was 5 or 6 point.

I remember my high school typing teacher telling us that if we had both a pica (12 point) and an elite (10 point) machine available we should use the pica if we wanted people to read it, but elite if they had to read it. I wish more people in the publishing business had had him as a teacher.

Ago 19, 2020, 1:15 pm

ALCOA: An American Enterprise, Charles C. Carr

I’ve read Joseph Ratzinger fruitfully before and have picked up quite a collection of his writings. Acknowledging that most will not be read, saving a few. These go to the church library:
Jesus of Nazareth
Salt of the Earth
Spiritual Thoughts series:
Young People

Ago 21, 2020, 11:29 am

I considered my shelf of William Barclay. I'm not likely to dive into scriptural studies any more. But, gosh! Just handling them today gives me shivers for the rich materials inside. They went safely back onto the shelf.

Ago 21, 2020, 11:32 am

I gave my set to Jerry's church years ago. I hope someone has opened them in the meantime.

Ago 21, 2020, 11:43 am

In fact, I was wishing I could donate them to a communal library in a way that I would still have access to them and possibly turn others on to their contents. Donating them here wouldn't meet that criteria. Must explore the possibility in my new community. I've already decided to build a LFL in my yard for some of the other discarded riches.

Ago 31, 2020, 9:45 am

a few more

Big Old Bones
A Child’s First Book of Poems, Cyndy Szekeres’ mice are superbly cute.
Franklin and Me – a workbook.

Modificato: Set 1, 2020, 1:54 pm

I’m focusing on the three smaller chipboard bookshelves I have. Well, perhaps only two at this time. Cleared #1 of the picture books; filled two boxes and have a nice pile of discards. Moving on to the science fiction bookshelf.
I can live without:

Brian AldissA Year Before Yesterday

Poul Anderson -
Orion shall Rise
Three Worlds to Conquer
Flandry of Terra
Space Folk
(holding on to five others.)

Greg Bear
Blood Music
(keeping two others)

Alfred BesterThe Demolished Man

John Brunner
Bedlam Planet
Children of the Thunder
(keeping one title)

Martin CaidinExit Earth

Arthur C. ClarkeCradle

Gordon R. Dickson
The Final Encyclopedia
Tactics of Mistake

Alan Dean Foster
The Dig

Harry Harrison
The Planet of the Robot Slaves
Bill, the Galactic Hero
Make Room! Make Room!
To the Stars
(keeping three others.)

Frank HerbertThe Green Brain

The Destroyer #73 Line of Succession – left over from husband’s reading list.

(to be continued)

Set 1, 2020, 6:55 am

Nice job weeding out!

I need to do a purge, myself.

Modificato: Set 1, 2020, 2:32 pm

Charles SheffieldThe Web Between the Worlds

Robert Silverberg
Across a Billion Years
Dying Inside

Clifford D. SimakShakespeare’s Planet

Bill StarrThe Treasure of Wonderwhat

G. Harry StineThe Third Industrial Revolution

A. E. Van VogtChildren of Tomorrow

Roger ZelaznyDamnation Alley

Extra copies:
Star Maker, Olaf Stapledon
Herland, Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Passing these on to daughters:
The Sparrow
Children of God

This accounts for most of the paperbacks on those shelves. I do see a few scattered about waiting a last review. I managed to weed more than 1/3; slightly less than ½ those I examined. There is still a pile of Pournelle and 15 Poul titles; but those are probably all keepers. For now. There is also the collection of themed anthologies; which are usually so entertaining and well done in the science fiction genre.

Elsewhere, Asimov, Heinlein, Spider Robinson, and Bujold claim considerable space; as complete collections have been required.

Counting today's list in with August's total count

AUGUST = 164

Set 1, 2020, 2:41 pm

January = 1
February = 6
March = 37
April total (rounding with the magazines) = 30
May = 166
June = 59
July = 13
August = 164

So far in 2020 = 476

Set 1, 2020, 8:58 pm

>154 2wonderY: wow. Impressive.

Does the Zelazny need a new home?

Modificato: Set 11, 2020, 1:02 pm

>155 fuzzi: If I find it, it's yours. Be warned, it's probably pretty shabby.

Just one title so far this month -

Empire, Orson Scott Card – surprisingly, for this author, a real slow and almost boring start. Political preaching, not literature. Also, an odd main character type for Card.

Set 11, 2020, 9:42 pm

>156 2wonderY: shabby is fine, if it's readable. Thanks.

Ott 17, 2020, 6:59 pm

Have I mentioned I have three editions of Heidi, and can’t decide to discard any of them? Just boxed them up for the move.

Ott 17, 2020, 7:16 pm

>158 2wonderY: you can decide after the move! 😊

Nov 11, 2020, 10:00 pm

No longer need to plan. Discarding
Bathrooms: A Sunset Design Guide

Nov 24, 2020, 5:11 pm

I thought I owned all the Lloyd C. Douglas titles, but my living room shelf was incomplete earlier this year. So I went and bought what was missing. I just came across the rest of the pile up in the attic. Five of them. Hmphf! I will list the duplicates when I can compare the bindings.

Nov 24, 2020, 5:19 pm

>161 2wonderY: I've had something similar happen, too...

Modificato: Nov 24, 2020, 5:25 pm

>161 2wonderY: I only have two of his. Mostly falling apart, I think. But I have read more than that - a loooong time ago.

Nov 25, 2020, 5:24 pm

Yes, it’s been a long time for me too. And it might be a case of hitting those books at the right time of life. I’ve been trying to get through Invitation to Live for a month or more, and it’s not doing as much for me as I remember.

Nov 27, 2020, 12:27 pm

>165 2wonderY: I'm familiar with the titles, but have never read anything by Lloyd C Douglas.

Which one would you recommend I read first?

Nov 27, 2020, 1:47 pm

I remember White Banners most distinctly and with greatest fondness.

Dic 9, 2020, 8:10 am

Just finished reading The Blue Sword. I generally love McKinley, but this one isn’t a keeper.

Also discarding American Country A Country Christmas. Has all the elements that resonate with me, but somehow fails. I think it’s the mostly colonial homes; a style I’ve never appreciated.

I’m in WV, disassembling more bookshelves. I may have more to add later.

Dic 9, 2020, 9:52 am

I’ve never visited Epcot, but my husband helped build the structures in 1981. He was an iron worker. Which is why I have this large volume on my shelf. Putting Walt Disney’s Epcot Center on discards.

Dic 9, 2020, 12:56 pm

>169 2wonderY: I did get to Epcot about 2007, was probably my favorite part of Disney World.

Dic 9, 2020, 2:35 pm

Further winnowing, using a comparison tool - other similar books.

Discarding Norman Rockwell’s American Holidays. I have two thicker volumes of his works with better prints and text.

Discarding Myth America, keeping the Dover image collection Women A Pictorial Archive.

Discarding The Book of Beads, and keeping Beautiful Beads.

Discarding Warman’s Jewelry and Antique Jewelry; keeping Plastic Jewelry. Possibly discarding Fashion Buckles; but it has a personal inscription by the author. He’s a fellow button collector. I have no more than a tray’s worth of buckles.

Dic 9, 2020, 2:46 pm

The coward’s way. Passing on to daughter #1
Anatomy of a Doll
Scroll Saw Basics
Victorian Gingerbread

Dic 9, 2020, 2:52 pm

A handsome volume A Brief History of the United States. Last copyright date inside is 1900. It’s part of the Barnes’ Historical Series. Lots of fine engraved illustrations and a sturdy and decorative binding.

Dic 9, 2020, 5:27 pm

>173 2wonderY: need a home for that one...?

Dic 9, 2020, 6:47 pm

You can have it! You liked my description? I wrote it thus. I’d better get a package pulled together.

Started on the bottom shelf this morning. Now starting on the top shelf.
Fifteen Minutes a Day

Dic 10, 2020, 6:50 am

>175 2wonderY: I know my dh will love it, thank you!

Dic 10, 2020, 9:08 am

Caring for Your Books was a giveaway and that is what it's worth - not much. It does have one or two unintentionally humorous statements:
"People with more than a thousand or so volumes might want to hire a structural engineer to be sure that the flooring in a room or apartment will support the extra weight."

A Regency Christmas Carol - Glad I finally cracked this one and decided it's a waste of space. Painful reading.

Dic 14, 2020, 5:44 pm

Salzburger Marionettentheater - pamphlet sized, but full of lovely photos and basic history.German, English and some French text.

Dic 22, 2020, 7:59 pm

It’s useful to shake out and re-arrange all your books now and then. Alphabetizing and gathering up strays from other shelves to organize my old fiction collection. Old meaning 1900 to 1940 or so. More than any other author, Kathleen Norris wins by volume; though I haven’t read more than 4 or 5. I find I have duplicates:

Beauty’s Daughter
Maiden Voyage

Dic 31, 2020, 10:12 pm

Last book discard of the year
Bone Dry, a YA adventure story. The second sentence was a pleasure
“Matthew Morrissey sat astride his camel, willing his body to ease into the stumbling gait that was like nothing so much as riding an earthquake.”

But there is nothing interesting beyond that.

Dic 31, 2020, 11:11 pm

I count up 27 books from September through December; making the year’s total 503. I had imagined I’d do twice that amount. Ah well. On to 2021.

Gen 1, 2021, 3:49 pm

>182 2wonderY: still, that's a good number!

See you on the 2021 side.
Questa conversazione è stata continuata da Ruth is keeping up the good work in 2021.