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posted by [personal profile] kchew at 11:14pm on 05/01/2010
We went to visit my mother at Christmas, at her house in [city I no longer live in]. My mother has at least six IKEA bookcases of my books in her basement, as I didn't bring most of them with me when I moved to Toronto about sixteen years ago. I had originally intended to store them for a couple of years, while I did my grad work, but life intervened and they are still there. My mother is patient.

Every time I go to visit her, though, I bring a few back home. This time, I filled three bags full of books that I'd been thinking I'd like to reread, but only had room for one bag (the car was as full as it could be with books, presents, necessaries, and one guitar, and the guitar had precedence over the books. It's a 1963 Gibson; there is no way it's not coming with me). I'm rereading the Jhereg series, inspired to give the later books another go after [livejournal.com profile] papersky wrote some thoughts about them on the Tor website, and found all my copies except for Yendi. I have no idea why that one in particular is missing... I also found my Fafherd and the Grey Mouser books, and my six-volume Elric reprints from the 1980s. Last year, I put aside six boxes of paperbacks and other books for selling, but haven't sold them yet; the space I cleared still isn't anywhere near enough for the books I had before, let alone the books I brought back home, but that's beside the point.

Going home and browsing through my old bookshelves is like being able to take home anything I want from a bookstore I like, and intensely nostalgic at the same time. I think I'd save a good deal of money if I "went shopping" at my mom's more often...
Mood:: 'nostalgic' nostalgic
Music:: Super Mario Bros.
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posted by [identity profile] ladystarstruck.livejournal.com at 04:30am on 06/01/2010
I hate when old favourites go missing. I have significant holes in my collection, from loaning book one of various well-loved series to someone. The idea was that the person would read them, and borrow the next books for the series he liked. However, instead he moved, and now I lack a number of out of print book ones.

As irony strikes, one of them is [livejournal.com profile] papersky's The King's Peace.
posted by [identity profile] kchew.livejournal.com at 05:13am on 06/01/2010
I didn't lend Yendi, I am positive; perhaps I brought it back to Toronto in an earlier sweep and have misplaced it here. *frowns, starts poking about, thinks about cleaning again with a vengeance*
posted by [identity profile] wrongradical.livejournal.com at 05:06am on 06/01/2010
Come to the Rowland Railroad Library and take out whatever you like on a permanent loan. I even have a fine collection of Japanese books for your eternal pleasure.
posted by [identity profile] kchew.livejournal.com at 05:12am on 06/01/2010
LOL! Oh, my dear, we're trying to find a time when we're all well, our driver isn't jetlagged or ill, and when we are not profligately sharing evil rhinoviruses and green bacteria. :) We are very much looking forward to visiting your fabulous library soon. :)
posted by [identity profile] wrongradical.livejournal.com at 06:09pm on 06/01/2010
This fabulous library will soon be your fabulous library! All the boxes are still at work, so you can come there if you like, go through them all and if there's anything you don't want, my work has a green way of disposing of all of them.
posted by [identity profile] radargrrl.livejournal.com at 11:56am on 06/01/2010
Well...maybe you need more trips up to Ottawa to fetch books. You could swing by Trenton... :-)
posted by [identity profile] kattale.livejournal.com at 12:24pm on 06/01/2010
I just checked my shelf, and sadly, I can only offer you Teckla and Phoenix. No idea what happened to the others... The writeup on the back of Teckla was the best part of the whole series for me, probably not a keeper. Sorry - I would have given you Yendi if I'd found it...

How convenient that I'm here in That Town You Used To Live In... I'm sure I could purchase any number of your leftover books before you are forced to sell them on the black market... err... bookmarket.... and save you the trouble... (Although I have no idea where I'd put them....
posted by [identity profile] desayunoencama.livejournal.com at 01:39pm on 06/01/2010
I love rediscovering old friends. Especially if they're already in my possession! :-)

It's one of the problems I have with selling books to the English language second hand shop here in Madrid.

Sometimes I go there and I see all these books I sold to them that I want to buy back and bring home again!
posted by [identity profile] blythe025.livejournal.com at 05:52pm on 06/01/2010
My mom has a magnet that says: "It's not an Empty Nest until your kids get all their crap out of the basement." lol. I think a lot of mothers have to patient with that kind of thing. I know mine is, too. :)

I had to pack all my books up last week, because they're going into storage for a while. Life and all that. It's going to be odd not being able to access them easily, though.


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