The Sunday Salon (July 31): News and stuff

The Sunday I have so much news, people! Okay, so, first: I’m moving out of Albuquerque way sooner than I thought. My parents have been planning to move to California for a while, and I decided to tag along with them. Originally we were going to move at the beginning of 2012, but now we’re moving within (hopefully) the next three months or so. We’ve already started packing and getting rid of stuff, which means ruthless book purges and a lot of crying.

Book purges mean I need to get as rid of as many books as I can without falling completely to pieces. I’ve now gotten it down to, I think, the bare minimum plus the TBR books I really think I can read before we move. I’ll no doubt get rid of some TBR books once I’ve read them, so that’ll help, too. If I can convince myself to get rid of just a few dozen more I think I’ll be ahead of the game.

I’m really wobbling on some of my series collections, most of which are available as ebooks. Like, the Young Wizards books are getting updated/expanded (yay!) and released as (new) ebooks later this year, so technically I guess I don’t need the seven (old) paper versions I have, right? But I can’t bear to part with them, because I like having them all lined up on my shelf looking pretty. (Plus the first book is one I’ve had for AGES, and it was the first Diane Duane book I read, and I’m all sentimental over it. Sigh.)

I really hate the actual process of moving, though the results are nearly always good.Plus, once I get to California I can start hording again, I guess.

Second: Our trip to California has been pushed to late August. We’re still going because we want to check things out and get a feel for the place, but unless my parents absolutely hate it (unlikely), we’ll be moving there anyway.

Third: I only have one more book to to until I reach my book-a-day goal for July! Huzzah! I think I can finish it before midnight, if I read really fast and keep off the internet. So with that I’m cutting this Sunday Salon short and leaving you with this question:

How difficult do you find it to purge books from your collection?

Weekly Book Stats

Books read this week:
81. The Story of the Trapp Family Singers – Maria Augusta Trapp
82. Hard Spell – Justin Gustainis e R
83. Jane-Emily – Patricia Clapp
84. Witches’ Children – Patricia Clapp
85. What Do Fish Have to Do With Anything? – Avi
86. The Magicians – Lev Grossman *
87. The Star of Kazan – Eva Ibbotson
88. Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes – Jonathan Auxier e R
89. Mechanique: A Tale of the Circus Tresaulti – Genevieve Valentine e
90. Dragon’s Blood – Jane Yolen

Books reviewed this week:
52. Tuesdays at the Castle – Jessica Day George B
74. Stories for Nighttime and Some for the Day – Ben Loory R

Books acquired this week:

Currently reading:
I’m currently 42% into Hounded by Kevin Hearne, and it’s a LOT of fun. It’s got all the good stuff about urban fantasy books without minimum annoying stuff, and I’m really enjoying it.


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8 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon (July 31): News and stuff”

  1. I find it quite easy to purge books I don’t want, but books to which I have a sentimental attachment, that is nearly impossible. When I was younger it was easier, because when I wanted a shiny new copy of a book I had loved for many years (better cover, better binding, whatever), I’d just give my old version to one of my sisters. But that doesn’t always work nowadays, alas.

    1. I’ve gotten really sentimental about books I’ve had since I was a kid, for some reason. I managed to get rid of a few of them, since they aren’t THAT important (they aren’t signed by the Pope, or anything), but I’ve replaced them with shiny new copies so it’s not like getting rid of the old ones did any good. 😛

  2. Good luck with the move!

    I don’t have much of a problem getting rid of books I don’t intend to read again, or TBR titles I’m not wicked-mad excited about, but my personal library is another matter. It’s not that big, but it’s a respectable size–and every one of those books means something to me. I don’t even like to think about purging it.

    1. I tend to change my mind a lot about what books I’m going to definitely read again, and I KNOW there’s at least a few books on my “keep forever” shelves that I won’t reread at all, or at least not for a long time. Purging books is always a challenge, haha!

    1. Thank you! I think it’ll be okay. We’re getting a smallish moving pod thing but we’re not bringing furniture, so there should be enough room for everyone. As long as I don’t have TOO many boxes of books, it should be fine. I hope. 🙁

  3. Ah, I am so late to all this news! Good luck with your move. I have a great dislike for packing, but an even greater one for unpacking. That time I moved 4 times in just over a year? Yeah, that wasn’t fun.

    Anyway – it’s exciting that you’re moving! I moved with my parents just after I finished college, and it was definitely one of the best decisions I made.

    1. Thank you! Luckily I only mind moving when it’s across long distances. I hate buying furniture even more than I hate packing boxes.

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