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Scattered Bookishness for #SoCS

This post is part of Linda G.Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday meme -an unedited stream of consciousness piece that ties into the weekly prompt: ‘book,’ used any way we like.

I’m scattered today. Probably a blend of fatigue from swimming and a good deal of activity yesterday, and buying the new Paul Simon album, Stranger to Stranger. I’ve been listening to it all day, and it inspired me – not so much to blog about books, but to finish a Trip and T’Pol fan fiction story I began a week or more ago, to do some mellow hometending, and to go out in the yard and take pictures on Instagram in the fading light – the view from here stuff. You can find those and the rest of my growing Instagram gallery here. =)

What you can’t see or here is the way my neighbors are randomly exploding fireworks. That’s distracting, an it makes me jump.

But we’re here today to discuss books, and books are and always have been a huge part of my life.

  • I learned to read at age 4. At school in the mid-70s, we weren’t “taught” to read until first grade, with Dick and Jane books. I know some people love them; I found them insulting and nearly deadly dull, even at age 6. I went home every night and read things like Black Beauty and Heidi.

  • When my parents wanted to punish me severely, they didn’t ground me. They took away my reading privileges!

  • I’ve been sorting books. Everyone in our family can now read at an adult level, and we have probably a couple of thousand children’s books here (a lifestyle occupation of our unschooling life,) and we’ll be moving cross country in the next year or so, so we’re sorting through, little by little, to keep only what is loved and wanted – and, apparently, letting go of books isn’t an easy matter for me, or my daughter. But, oh, the cool books we’re rediscovering! =D

  • A few years back, my sister was at a party at my house. At one point, she looked around my living room, where only a portion of our many, many books reside, and exclaimed, “I thought I had a lot of books, but you’ve REALLY got a lot of books!” I looked at her incredulously, and said, “Have you met me?!” Maybe that was rude, but I just couldn’t believe that my sibling, with whom I’d shared a room all through childhood, and a house and an apartment as adults, wouldn’t have known beyond doubt how intricately interwoven my life is with books.

  • There are 160 books on my Kindle! I didn’t realize there was that many, and, to be honest, most of them are in the cloud drive, but the idea that I have access to 160 books on a device barely taller, no wider than, and definitely thinner than, a paperback – and much, much easier to read in bed or carry in my bag – is amazing. I know some people are anti-paper book, or anti-e-reader, but I say “Vive la diversite!”

  • And, of course, I write books. I’ve learned to plot them first, and I’m getting the hang of revising them. Once I get firm footing with that, I will learn how to self-publish and market them.

Well, I think the neighbors just did their very loud, very pretty, and very distracting finale. A good sign that this post, too, has come to a natural end.

Did you enjoy this dip into the Stream of Consciousness waters? Come join in – there’s plenty of room, and just a few simple rules. Check out the #SoCS hashtag, or on the Friday  Prompt post.


I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

9 thoughts on “Scattered Bookishness for #SoCS

  1. I laughed at your comment to your sister. I’ve been taking some of mine to a used bookstore, since I then have a credit to apply to “new” purchases. So, you know, more books. 😀 Then, there’s all the ones on my Kindle. I have over 1000 books on there, Over 150 of them are unread. And 21 paperbooks sitting on my shelf. Needless to say, I don’t think I’ll be running out of reading material for a while. 🙂

    1. My sister has known me my whole life – I have no idea how she didn’t know I’d have as many books as I could manage!

      Old books for new – sounds like a great deal, to me. And your Kindle – I thought my 180 was a lot, but you really REALLY have a lot. =D

      Running out of reading material isn’t something I worry about, either! =)

  2. How cool to read stream-of-consciousness on books from someone who writes them! In cleaning out kids books my girls have outgrown, I found immediate connection with some – and the ones with which the connection wasn’t immediate, I put in the discard pile before connection could come about.

    1. I think one thing led to the other. Books have been my friends as far back as I can remember, and words have been my home. Writing is how I learn who I am; it’s how I deal with the hard places, the lovely places, and all the in-between places of my life.

      It’s how I get the endless loops and spirals of stories happening in my head out onto the page, so new spirals and loops have a place to swirl into being, and so I don’t go mad.

      I basically take a stack of books and put them on the table. My Accomplice doesn’t mind what happens with kid books, and he knows I know which ones he won’t want to part with – some of his long predate the nineteen years we’ve been together.

      My son, 14, mostly reads electronically these days – he’s inherited a hypersensitivity to some textures from me, and paper can be too much for him.

      So I put the books out, separating those I know my spouse and I will want to keep, and let my nearly -12 daughter go through them. Even a year ago, this would have been an abject failure, as she had a very hard time letting go. But we’re moving across the country in about a year, so I’ve presented it as the challenge of taking all the books we love, but not a single one that we don’t. That’s helping, and so is the thought of passing outgrown favorites on to younger relatives and others who will love and cherish them, in their turn.

      I still expect to be leaving here with a LOT of books. Books are just part of our family culture.

      Good luck with your purging, and may your outgrown treasures find new lives to enrich! =)

      1. I had a picture book of Black Beauty that I dearly loved. I have a hard time getting rid of books, too. One thing that helps is to remind myself that some one else could be enjoying these. Still working on that.

        1. So sorry that I didn’t get to this sooner. I got sidetracked by the transition to NaNo, then sideswiped by a cold. It’s been catch-up ever since.

          I love what you say about passing books on. I love the idea of someone else getting delight from a book I loved. But it can be hard to let go of cherished friends….

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