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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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