I’M BOOKED

It is easier to buy books than to read them, and easier to read them than to absorb them. –William Osler

Well, I done done it again: done went traipsin’ off to another bargain book sale at the local library, and done ended up taking home more cheapo tomes than Trump takes ego trips. How many books do I own? I stopped counting around 720 (which, by the way, was a very good year, so I hear). Let’s just say that if all the books I’ve accumulated were people, they’d be so crammed together that they’d be begging for as much space, in relative terms, as tin-packed sardines have (not that I’d want space for relatives — my house ain’t no hostel for visiting bedlamites). My books, on the other hand, deserve more space because they’re doomed to wait longer than sardines for me to ‘digest’ them all — like until there’s peace on earth or Goodwill in store for my boatload of books after I sale off into the sunset.

Anyway, the end result of all this trumpery is to take another ‘skip-a-post to read-the-most’ books I can — like the break I decided to take two months ago after I brought home my last used book bonanza. I’ll be back Feb. 15, more bleary-eyed but less behind (or, if you like, less in arrears) in books to read….Lord willin’ and the library don’t have another sale.

 

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28 comments on “I’M BOOKED

  1. You are a hoot! It’s a good thing we are not life-partners, however. We’d need another entire house for the books alone. I have NO more space to squeeze in even one more bookshelf, high, low or under — so I have to avoid those book-sale temptations I can never resist either.

    My writer-buds chant kindle-kindle-kindle, but I like the feel and the smell (and I’ve never been able to speed read online – which is fairly essential, given my habit and my schedule.) So if a book is out in paper, that’s ALWAYS a lure.

    Enjoy your time away – and Happy Valentines Day. (NOW – will that catchy tune stop playing in my head soon?) 🙂
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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  2. lexborgia says:

    Enjoy. I started ‘Dancing In The Glory Of Monsters’ yesterday; it’s shaping up to be a treat.

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  3. Don Frankel says:

    Book em Muse.

    BTW I have a book coming out soon. Can I send you a copy?

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    • mistermuse says:

      I’d be more than pleased to read it, Don (as long as it’s not a tribute to Trump!).

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      • I drafted a post that might help explain why folks don’t flock to wake up and dump his coffee, given all – and maybe even a cogent theory of “alternative facts.”

        [Why we hate to change our minds] posts Monday – shortly after midnight in New York, explaining cognitive dissonance and confirmation bias – briefly, and in language as “plain” as mine ever is. 🙂

        A direct link will be available from the right sidebar until it “ages off” – which gives it more than a month or so to continue to position itself farther down the page.
        xx,
        mgh

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  4. arekhill1 says:

    Enjoy your literary vacation, Sr. Muse. Me, I’ll be burning Trump again tomorrow to stay warm.

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    • mistermuse says:

      Ricardo, I’m already burned up over practically everything our “so-called” President says (or at least the way he says it, like he’s a God-ass) and does. Nonetheless, I shall look forward to your continuing to give the devil his due.

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  5. milliethom says:

    Love the post … love the humour … and love books! My house is bulging with them, too. Some have been read (and possibly digested) others, like many of yours, were cheapo buys or from charity shops, so not new to start with. I won’t comment on your trumpish jokes because I’m British! Haha. I’m keeping my nose out (if not my opinions) of politics right now – homegrown or otherwise.Thanks for the entertainment, Mr M.

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  6. mistermuse says:

    My pleasure, Ms. M. — and thank you for the kind words.

    I must admit to envying the British — you only have to deal with Brexit, not Trump (though Trump’s reign will effect, if not infect, the whole world soon enough). But let us read, drink, and lose ourselves in books while we may! 🙂

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  7. linnetmoss says:

    I have culled so many books from my shelves over the years that if I had kept them all, I’d have to buy an extra house to hold them. I often look for a book and then sadly realize that I gave it away ages ago… the digital experience just isn’t the same.

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    • mistermuse says:

      I know what you mean. The batch of books I bought at the previous library sale included two I forgot I already own because I hadn’t read them yet. That’s what happens when you accumulate too many books to read within a reasonable time, and most of them sit in the boxes you brought them home in for months, if not years. Oh, well, I could have a lot worse addictions!

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  8. BroadBlogs says:

    Whenever I hear of Trumpery I start getting nervous.

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  9. mistermuse says:

    Trumpery (meaning “worthless nonsense”) is a word which long pre-dates Trump, but which in my opinion has never been more accurately personified than by him. It derives from the French “tromper,” meaning “to deceive” (again, a most accurate personification).

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  10. mistermuse says:

    I’ll look forward to your “after midnight in New York” Monday post, MGH (unless I change my mind). 🙂

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  11. Definitely know the feeling… my dad still have some of my books because the room I rent now simply don’t have rooom for them all 🙂 And yet I wish for more…

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  12. mistermuse says:

    At least wishes don’t take up space, and they don’t cost anything either (unless we indulge them, but hey, we only live once!).

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  13. I can very much relate to “needing” more books while there are still uncounted unread books on my shelves at home. Sigh. This has got to be the best line I’ve read in the last few days: “more cheapo tomes than Trump takes ego trips. ” 🙂

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  14. mistermuse says:

    You’re ahead of me in the sense that your unread books are on shelves. Many of my unread books were still in boxes, but I’ve taken advantage of the last nine days off between posts to make more shelf space. Now I’ve at least been able to empty the boxes, sort by subject and start reading.

    Thank you for commenting. 🙂

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  15. restlessjo says:

    How funny! 🙂 🙂 I tend to recycle books rather than hang on to them. I buy them for 20-50p at charity book stalls and return them for resale when I’ve read them. Just occasionally I have to keep one 🙂

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  16. mistermuse says:

    I recycle some, but keep a lot more — the ones I really like (the same thing I would do if I had a harem). 😦 🙂

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