Confessions of a book hoarder

Yes–his love of books passes bounds.

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I didn’t realise you had to read them. I have always worked on the principle that if you own them you own the knowledge they contain. Is that not right?

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But if you don’t read them how can you know the knowledge they contain?

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To Be Read or Wants to Read? If it’s Wants to Read I feel a lot better about my 204! :grin:

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The process of bookmosis of course! :wink:

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As long as one allows “Kindlemosis” I’m okay with it.

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It’s a mystery. Seems to work for me. But I am now finally actually reading ‘Moby Dick’. Halfway through.

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It’s so good, isn’t it?!

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It would be so much easier to let go of books if second-hand bookstores that people can physically browse still existed… but what with copyright laws and having to know what you are looking for, bookbuying has become very difficult and/or expensive.

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If that’s so then perhaps second hand book stores should become a lucrative business, no?

This guy is a rookie. I have approximately 2500 books on my bookshelves (of course I’m more than twice his age too). My problem is that I’ll read a book and that’ll generate questions about something else. For example, I’m reading a book about Daniel Webster, Henry Clay and John Calhoun, senators from the 1820s to 40s. In the narrative, there is some discussion about Thomas Hart Benton, senator from Missouri. So I had to get a book about him. My poor wife…:scream:

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I have too many books, enough that they are piling up on tables and on the floor. I have a hard time finding a volume when I need it (and I went to library school so you’d think I’d have them organized). I need to get rid of some but it’s not easy.

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You’ll be even more interested to read about his daughter, Jessie Benton Fremont.

This is exactly what I mean — read a book about something and it leads to something else.

And stpurl, you are definitely not helping…:smirk::wink:

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Only 500…?

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That sounds interesting - what’s the title?

I can’t get to the library so have learned how to download/borrow ebooks for my kindle, which is nice.
i just got Ready Player One, which reviewers said you had to be a true geek to understand, but strangely enough I recognize almost all the references-- it’s all about books and movies from the 80s.

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If there is any bright side to the social restrictions that have happened because of the pandemic, it’s that I’m reading more of my books again. I’ve been spending my days helping my mom, away from my home computer and avoiding going out to public places. My mom, who is 94, spends a good part of her day reading the newspaper, and I use that time to read my books. I’ve reread a few from my bookshelf, but I’ve also purchased many more online.

I like biographies, especially those of noteworthy Catholics, and as @fredystairs says, one book leads to another as I learn about the people or ideas connected with the subject of the biography. Thomas Merton, in particular, has been a true fountainhead for me, leading me to so many interesting individuals that were linked to him.

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So glad to see you back @Joe_5859!

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The Great Triumvirate: Webster, Clay, and Calhoun
By Merrill D. Peterson

It starts out by giving the early history of each man, then it goes into individual issues that faced the nation and how they dealt with them and with each other.

Interesting how one of them would side with one and then with another depending upon the issue.

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