Cleaning out my book library is taking quite a bit of time since I have to hold the book, open it, think about when and why I bought it. My books are friends! I have to decide to keep the book or share it with someone else. I tend to group my books by subjects and my changing interests are pretty obvious.
In 2002, I was deciding if I wanted to be a woodworker. My late husband had all the tools and many books about woodworking. I made wood sculptures in college and loved the touch of wood. I took an apprenticeship for a few months and what I found was that I love wood. I love using hand tools but the resin in the wood played havoc with my sinus and lungs. I kept the tools and Peter loves using them. I kept the books until I was ready to let someone else use them and now I’m selling them on Amazon.
Weaving is another section in my library. I’ve taken tapestry weaving classes, Navajo weaving classes and pattern weaving classes. I’ve washed and carded wool and spun it into yarn. I’ve woven that yarn into fabric and made clothes and blankets and place mats. I’ve the books to prove it! Last year I sold my loom, used my yarn and am now donating my weaving books to the local yarn shop.
Interior Design was my profession for 30 some years. When I retired I donated many of my books to the local ASID Student Chapter. I sold some. I kept some and now I’ve several more to sell.
Cookbooks! I have cookbooks because I like to read the recipes. Once in a while I’ll actually use one to cook. So every time I go through that section, a few more books leave the shelf.
Now that my interests run toward design and jewelry making, my shelves are filling up with those books. And there is a section on color, on birds and yes, I even have a few novels and non-fiction books.
I discover books that I’ve not read or want to re-read! Next post I just have to tell you about my favorite book of the moment The Brilliant History of Color in Art.