Coping with One’s Pile of Unread Books

Every booklover’s nightmare: finding ourselves finishing a book with no clue about what we’re going to read next!

Or is this the booklover’s worst predicament: finding one’s to-be-read pile has grown to overwhelming proportions?

Read one reader’s (and book-related Tweeter’s) account of how her unread pile of books gradually grew from less than half a dozen to…approximately 350 items.

Found via BookRiot’s Facebook page



Building Little Free Libraries: The Book


The Empress of Dirt recently joined the chorus of fans for building in your yard one of those “Little Free Libraries” that are so popular among home-owning booklovers.

Take a look at these photos of Little Free Libraries you might consider adding to your own yard. If you want to see more examples, there are dozens more on Pinterest.

Instructions for building a Little Free Library are also available at the LFL website.

If you are one of the 75,000 people in the world who’s already built a LFL, feel free to email us a photo of it and we’ll post it for the enjoyment/enlightenment of other would-be bookloving carpenters.

Found via the Empress of Dirt’s Facebook page

On Getting Rid of (Certain) Books


“It is not merely absurd to keep rubbish merely because it is printed: it is positively a public duty to destroy it. Destruction not merely makes more room for new books and saves one’s heirs the trouble of sorting out the rubbish or storing it: it may also prevent posterity from making a fool of itself. …But it is not always easy to destroy books….”

Indeed: it is not always easy.

To fortify your resolve, read this digitized essay written at the beginning of the 1900s by Sir John Collings Squire, literary editor of The New Statesman and The London Mercury (and included in Selected Modern English Essays (Oxford University Press, 1927).

Found via booklover Patrick Kurp’s most excellent blog Anecdotal Evidence

In Praise of Independent Bookstores

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Over at Front Porch Republic, blogger Tara Ann Thieke recently waxed poetic about the joys of browsing in non-chain-owned bookstores. Sure, lots of people have written tributes to bookstores, but Thieke’s essay is better-written, more comprehensive – and longer – than most. Worth the read!

After writing her essay, Thieke soon followed it with her annotated list of her favorite U.S. independent bookstores. Her list of 30 stores is decidedly not confined to the numerous independent worthies located in New England – or, for that matter, on the East Coast. It’s an admittedly idiosyncratic list, but her annotations will make you want to investigate any bookstores she mentions that happen to be within traveling distance for you – assuming, of course, you aren’t already familiar with it/them. Also worth the read.

Found via Patrick Kurp’s blog Anecdotal Evidence