It's obvious I love books. I love them so much that I surround myself with books every day and always have. I work with books at the bookstore, I work with them for my blog, I read books to my son, and I loooooove to buy them for other people. On one hand, I love being in the midst of my own personal library every single day. I have a lot of books -- though probably not as many as a lot of book lovers out there -- and I really do enjoy seeing them and touching them and lending them.
On the other hand, I'm not a "stuff" person. I don't like clutter, I don't like having unnecessary items laying around my house, and I really don't like extra things I have to dust. I don't re-read a lot of my books, so they mostly just sit on shelves as part of the decor, unless they're lent to a friend. I like things to be have a purpose if they're going to stay in my small house and I truly believe that we don't need a lot of things.
I'm also a huge advocate for libraries and use ours frequently. My educational background is in Library Science and I've worked for several small library systems in the past, so I love the ability to borrow and return. The whole idea of going to the library and picking out books and learning to take care of them is something I'm definitely passing onto Elliott -- we've started already!
So, what's a girl to do? Is this quote true? Should I keep books that aren't being read, because they're pretty to look at? Eventually, I will have a bigger house that will have a wall of bookcases somewhere (don't we all dream?). Or do I donate the ones I know I'll never read again? I want things to be cozy, yet clean in our house... and sometimes those two adjectives just don't go well together. I'm not sure what to do. Every book lover's dilemma?