Jilanne Hoffman and possibly others decided to “Share their Shelves” to show what we read and also about book collecting, which I think is much better than book hoarding, unless you are a person who has so many books you can’t walk through your house, your floorboards creak, or you may be smothered in books. I am showing you 1/4 of what is in our OFFICE, the ones I love to peruse. We also have this many furniture books, and then finish and paint books, several more cubbies of what you see here, and and even one cubicle of just good novels. In boxes, because our living space is to small, I have architecture, another box of general reading, more non-buddhist religious books, and cookbooks, though some cookbooks are out. Really, between Mitchell and I, we have a library.
I collect books, or rather, buy them then hang onto them and don’t pass them around, because of reference or because I will read them again. I have reread Tom Robbins and Wallace Stegner and John Steinbeck more than twice.
People say the internet is a good research tool, and I donate to wiki I use them so much, but it is only really good for a quick lookup. If you want to know something, you have to go to the world library catalog (books) or your local library (books) or your own library! and I like the feel of a book in hand; I usually buy them used, and when it is time for me to send a book on, we sell or donate, NEVER trash. BTW, there is a very cool, very GREEN business here in Portland Oregon, Ex Libris Anonymous. They take old books that are beyond reselling status that have good hardcovers, and turn them into wonderful writing or sketching journals!
My brother Patrick, when I was 25, said that I had to stop asking him to move me unless I got rid of my books. I called others to help me move. Books stayed.
Right now I am reading Wild Comfort, by Kathleen Dean Moore (whatever I am into finishing is next to “the throne” meaning the toilet), and working my way through The Tantric Path of Indestructible Wakefulness, by Chogyam Trungpa (this will take me years, not light reading) and Turning the Mind Into an Ally, by his son, Sakyong Rinpche, and The Plot Whisperer by Martha Alderson.
So here is my show and tell. A few I turned on their side to make it easier to read the titles. The dustbunnies in our studio are notorious. They hide when we clean, then sneak back out immediately.