Thursday, February 11, 2016

Giving Up New Books?

I really would love to.

Today marks the beginning of Lent, a time when, for the next 40 days, some Christians give up a small pleasure – such as chocolate or cake – as a way to strengthen spiritual resolve. But what about giving up new books for Lent? The idea comes from author Susan Hill, who once went for a whole year – not just 40 days – without buying new books for her home library. 

But the Crandall book sale is coming up. On the bright side, I just put together a lot more items to donate than what I'll likely buy.  It is reassuring that Ms. Hill also has books that she has never read. 

The title of Hill’s book was inspired by an autumn afternoon when she went looking for “Howards End” in her sprawling home library – not finding it at first, but coming across all sorts of other volumes on her shelves that she had never read, or forgotten she’d owned, or wanted to read for a second time. 

The idea of some sort of book diet does appeal to me after reading this article, though. Ironically, I may start by not reading her book, but a big thanks for the idea.

As a bonus temptation there is a link at the article to the 100 "best" books of all time.  

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