I've been going on and on about how I'm re-organizing my office, down to sorting through the oldest papers. And the work continued this weekend. I'm down to a box of old CDs to sort, which I'm not entirely sure what to do with, and a pile of papers and notebooks and files which constitutes all the info I've collected to write my Ebook. Pretty cool, huh?
But here's the coolest thing. I sorted through my books and came up with three boxes of them to sell. I used to have a really hard time getting rid of books, whether by giving them away or selling them. I wanted to hang onto every book I've ever laid hands on. And if you could see the overflowing book shelves in practically every room in my house, you would think I had. But it finally occurred to me that by letting go of books, I was actually allowing more to flow into my life. And also that letting go of them allowed someone else to read them.
So I've come to peace with periodically sorting through books. And luckily for me, here in Portland, we have Powell's books, the biggest bookstore in the country, which also buys books. When you sell them your books, they give you the option of either taking what you've earned in cash or in a book credit. If you choose the book credit, you get more.
Now, let me tell you, many's the time we've taken books to Powell's when we were so broke we didn't have any choice but to take the cash. But this weekend, when we took books in to the warehouse to sell, I was able to choose the book credit. So...wait for it....I now have a book voucher worth $144 in books to spend at Powell's.
I about passed out with joy when they told me.
I've been collecting some titles that I really want to read--a couple new novels, one called Angelology and another called The Irresistible Henry House, and there's a new book on writing a novel in six months by John DuFresne. Okay, so that's a pretty good list. But I may get to Powell's and decide none of those look good. And I'd like to bring home some juicy non-fiction, too.
I want more titles to peruse, a long, long list to ponder and think about and take with me so that I can pull books off the shelf and think hmmm, yes, or ick, no. So help me out here, will you? Tell me your favorite books. They can be classic or contemporary, fiction or non-fiction, written by male or female authors. I love books in the self-help and spiritual genres, but really, I'm game for anything. Send me one title or a dozen, I'm not picky, just lay 'em on me.
I can't wait to read what your favorites are.