or at least on their way.
This press release says the books should be reviewed and returned by January of 2008.
(Here is the post where I first mentioned religious books being removed from prison chapel libraries.)
I did the count I promised in that post– of the books that are still accessible (i.e., not boxed under the house): 627
I’m actually certain this number isn’t accurate, since I counted in 8 catigories in 11 different areas (shelves and piles) in my house, so there was too much room for confusion and flubbing.
25% ———– Children’s picture and board books
25% ———– Non-fiction/ thinking/ reference
16% ———– Novels (all ages)
10% ———– Bibles, studies and “religious” books
10% ——— Folktales (individual picture books and collections)
6% ———— Music and How-to books
5% ———- Entertainment (plays, Calvin and Hobbes, etc.)
3% ———— Poetry
Amazing, really, how many books I own. Interesting, too, that most of those I choose to keep accessible are the ones I’ve already read.
I suppose there’s two main reasons for owning books (anyone want to suggest more?):
- To have something new to read when you want it.
- To be able to refer to something you’ve already read.
I’ve decided all the books I buy at the used-book stores must come from the first type of owner. That type of reading/ownership is utterly foreign to me. I almost never let something leave if I think I might want to refer to it again.
I’m not crazy by the way– this is the sort of meaningless-detail work I do when I’m ill. It gives my brain something manageable to focus on.
I can’t throw away books even when I didn’t like them. I’ve got several boxes full that I may never look at again, but you never know.
(You aren’t crazy. I have over 200 kid’s books alone!)
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