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The Joys of New Bookshelves…

So back last week I reported to you all how I was book culling. I think I might also have reported, though probably by twitter, that Gran had gotten me four new bookshelves/bookcases as a Christmas present and they had been picked up (I wasn’t allowed to go for the temptation to come home with lots of other furniture and eat several hundred meat balls while in a certain shop is too much for me, huff) and so I told myself I had the weekend to get culling before I was allowed to sort out my new shelves. Well, it got to Sunday and I still hadn’t started. The Beard soon realised that this bookshelf building as a reward for culling wasn’t going to work; maybe if he built them I would be just desperate to fill them?

So build them he did…

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With a little help from Oscar (who loves a cardboard box of any variety as you can see, Millie was hiding as is her want when it all gets too much) within about two hours there were four wonderful new shelves up and ready for me to fill. The only problem was I then needed to decide where they should go.

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Yesterday morning I still hadn’t decided and so when I woke up was greeted by this…

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I knew it was time to do something, so I thought ‘right time to toughen up and sort the books that are in my boxes, be strong, be tough’ and so everything was laid out for a jolly good sorting out.

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Well I don’t know what had happened in the time since I took all the books out of the boxes and the time came to culling as I culled and culled and still had more than I started. Then in an effort to make a nice area to sit and read in I moved the reading chair and uncovered my secret stash of books!  So secret even I had forgotten I had put them there. Oops.

006 (2)At this point I had to take a break, my books were not only multiplying and reproducing without me knowing, they were even cowering and hiding for their lives behind the furniture. I had a break, walked the cat, ate some lunch and then from nowhere (probably my inner procrastination switch went on) I decided that I would rearrange the house. Put some of the new shelves in other rooms, make space, de-clutter the house of the over 35 chairs it has in it (the Beard has a chair problem like I have a book one) and then all would be well.

Oddly somehow that worked, it added about three hours to the process but now look at my lovely reading corner.

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Do note though, this whole set of shelves needs a culling; I couldn’t face it after all of that. I’m sorry… did you just mutter ‘excuses, excuses’ under your breath? How rude, even if true!

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A Book Culling & Giving Away Day…

I have procrastinated (and procrastinated) long enough since New Year and the book culling has finally started. Currently I have got as far as taking all the paperbacks I have yet to read out of the boxes they were dwelling in… And that is about it. However I am planning this is stages and before I get too overbooked in my brain, as it were, I am going to pop off shortly to the Post Office (which is also a book shop so I will have to be really restrained) and to pick up some groceries and come back refreshed and ready to toughen up and cull away. This is what will be greeting me when I return, each one is a pile of about fifteen/twenty books which I will sort through and see what stays and what goes…

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Anyway, I also decided that today would be a day of culling from my TBR but nicely adding to yours. Please note I am not giving any of the books above away on this blog, lol. You see we still have three titles to read for Classically Challenged and as ‘Middlemarch’ looks like it might take three months to read alone I thought I would give each title away today at random points. All you will have to do is leave your name in the comments, no tricky questions or anything, I haven’t the headspace to think of any, I just have ‘cull, cull, cull’ whirling round my head. So look out for these posts later on today.

In the meantime, any tips for culling that you would like to share?

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