It's perfect timing, as I'm scrambling to get an issue of KQ edited and work on MPOWs annual book fair and read as many of the ARCs I got in Seattle as possible. It's also a perfect time to ponder this post over at BookLust:
Maybe you're this kind of person: For three months, you tried to cull a handful of books from the shelves that line your house, and you failed. It's not like it's impossible. You haven't even read half of them. You just can't pull the trigger, you wuss, you watery woman.We all know I'm sick about the whole "must own this book" thing. However... the past few weeks have really taught me that perhaps weeding isn't a good thing after all (as if I needed proof!). "Ok," (I hear you sigh) "What justification can she possibly come up with this time?" Here goes.
Maybe the same thing happens with every potential discard: You start to read it. Four hours later, you wake up on the floor, having culled nothing. Maybe your wife finds you lying there like a body on a crime show, and laughs so hard she has to cough.
Reason Number One: Last year, our 6th grade history teacher was looking for a multicultural work of historical fiction -- something to do with the Crusade era would be just dandy. AHA! I read a book, The Star and the Stone, waaaaay back when (as in, when I was in middle school) and still had it The Collection.
Reason Number Two: This past month, our 11th grade started researching the Cold War. Now, the assignment is really, really broad, encompassing anything that happened during the decades of the Cold War, not just the War itself. So there are people comparing McCarthyism to the USA PATRIOT Act... Truman's decision to use the bomb... Mao v. Castro as a US threat... the Israeli response to Munich. You get the picture. Several students chose the Attica uprising. AHA! Somewhere in the boxes into which The Collection is packed is Attica: The Official Report of the New York State Commission (received as a gift and read when I was in middle school - yes, I was a disturbed child but let's not dwell on that, ok?). There's also a couple of students looking at British punk as a response to Thatcherism. AHA! I have a signed copy of The Downing Street Years.
Who knows what other treasures will be found over the years?