Epic Novels

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For a few weeks now, I have been distracting myself and my thoughts by rearranging and organizing my bookshelves.  It has been a few years since I’ve updated my Delicious Library to reflect what books I have in my library and the total amount of books I have all together.  I am currently at 1,800 physical books (Hardcover and Softcover). I am far from finished and I believe the total count will be about 2,500.

So… Why do I have so many books?  What does it do for me to keep shelves and shelves of books that I may never get to? Is it a true sign of craziness? I personally don’t know anyone else with as many books. Or even the desire to have so many in their home.  I mean, there are libraries around, right?

I have always loved books.  I love the written word.  I can learn about almost anything and at my own pace.  I love having the option to reach for a book according to what mood I am in at any time.  Fiction, non-fiction, it doesn’t matter to me.  There is so much knowledge out there and i wish that I could learn it all. Impossible I know, but it is fun trying. I feel that I’m moving forward when I start to research in a new area.  To me it’s exciting. Sometimes overwhelming. But more exciting.

Recently, I have had a passion for books with over 1,000 pages.  Don’t ask me why, but I just want to get lost in a thick book for a few days at a time. The books that I have chosen are:

Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara

A Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth

The Recognitions by William Gaddis

The Executioner’s Song by Norman Mailer

IMG_1944This should keep my mind busy for a while :-).  Of this selection, I will start with A Suitable Boy .

I haven’t really gotten back into running and I don’t know if I really will ever get back into it. I will revisit that when my health gets a little better.  There are other things that I am looking to do to help me get over my sadness. For the most part, it seems to be working.

Live, Laugh, Love

Skyy