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Jan 9, 2017, 8:53 am

I've spent the last couple of days trying to deep clean a few areas of the house and I'm appalled at the amount of random stuff. Several trips to Salvation Army drop off and the recycling bins already. I've got another box by the door, and it does have a few books in it.

So, is this supposed to be an invitation? I will mail these books to anyone who expresses an interest. I'm not confident they will find good homes otherwise.

Edited: Jan 9, 2017, 9:52 am

How you do it is up to you. Some of the books I have discarded have gone into the paper recycling. Out dated guidebooks and such. Anyone in Europe is welcome to ask for books on my list, but I only mail inside Europe. I have sent a few packages. (BTW, my husband did not take the current bag with him today, so they are still available.)

Children's books in German go to the school I used to volunteer at. Other books in German to the local library where any they don't want for their collection get put out for people to take. (Last time one book was claimed by one of the library staff before I had turned from the desk.) Books in English go to a charity sale.

I like the pressure of having to come up with ten books every month, and I can find books for that without it hurting too much. I've kept it up for over a year now, and some of the bookcases are no longer overflowing. I've also managed to slow the incoming books to under the rate I can read them at, so as the stacks of books I need to read slowly decrease, I can find space for them in the shelves.

Welcome, and good luck.

Edited: Jan 9, 2017, 10:10 am

>2 MarthaJeanne: I don't think it registered that you had set a monthly goal. Hmmm. My problem is finding the right places for the books to move to. There are two Little Free Libraries near my office, but the material doesn't seem to move much.

And my local library used to have an exchange table, but has been discouraging its use recently. I did manage to drop off a lovely set of encyclopedias last year and they were snapped up quickly.

Jan 9, 2017, 10:12 am

>3 2wonderY: Your local hospital might take them if they are clean, dust free, and in decent shape. Or you could ask local clinics if they are willing to take some books.

Edited: Jan 23, 2017, 2:44 pm

Short pile

Southern living 1995 Garden Annual

Southern Living Landscape Book

Exploring the World of Leaves, an old biology text. Diagrams, but few photos.

a tiny book, Garden Birds by Jim Flegg, 48 page miniature book

Will ship to good homes.


Edited: Jan 23, 2017, 2:46 pm

Going to the church library:

The Good Enough Catholic Paul Wilkes
Know Light, No Fear Anderson & Miller
Same God, Different Churches Katie Meier
The Question Box Bertrand L. Conway, extra copy
The Spiritual Life of Children Robert Coles
The Rebirth of Orthodoxy Thomas C. Oden

No longer needed or planned reading:

Creeds and Confessions Erik Routley
Revival Lectures Charles G. Finney
Sermons on Old Testament Heroes Clarence E. McCartney
Islam: A Way of Life Philip K. Hitti
So What’s the Difference? Fritz Ridenour
Infinity and the Mind Rudy Rucker
The Last Three Minutes Paul Davies
This I Believe edited by Edward R. Murrow
Bridge Over Troubled Water James Bell
Ten Commandments Twice Removed Shelton & Quinn
Stephen Hawking two titles in one large format HB, isbn 9780507291172

Read and ready to pass on:

Diplomatic Immunity Bujold - paperback replaced with HB
The House Without a Key Earl Derr Biggers
The Chalet School at War and The Rivals of the Chalet School Elinor M. Brent-Dyer


Jan 16, 2017, 3:32 pm

Looks like you have made a good start.

Jan 17, 2017, 1:14 pm

Do you still have Garden Birds by Jim Flegg and Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold?

Jan 17, 2017, 1:14 pm

I do, and I was thinking of you! Sending both your way.

Edited: Jan 23, 2017, 2:45 pm

going to the church:

With Hearts Light as Feathers Joseph Champlin
From Age to Age: How Christians Have Celebrated the Eucharist Edward Foley

no longer need:

Inside Out: Decorating Outdoor Spaces with Indoor Style Better Homes and Gardens
Beautiful Bible stories Patricia Summerlin Martin


Jan 23, 2017, 2:46 pm

I took a bag of books to church and pointed them out to Sister Placida. She seemed so enthused that I offered her the chance to pick through the rest of the books. She took two boxes of books, including some that are recorded on my laptop but not yet listed here.

Jan 23, 2017, 7:34 pm

>9 2wonderY: thank you!!!

Edited: Jan 28, 2017, 2:43 pm

Highlights of Church History Howard Vos

Angels: An Endangered Species Godwin (duplicate)

Half-Truths or Whole Gospel? Pennington

Saints, Signs and Symbols Post, 1st edition

In His Light Anderson, 1979 edition

Reconstructing Catholicism Ludwig

The French Revolution Pernoud & Flaissier

Buddha’s Warriors Dunham

Unyoung – Uncolored – Unpoor Morris

Machines That Built America Burlingame

Tracing Your Ancestry Helmbold

Conan Doyle’sBest Books in three volumes (I have only Volumes 1 & 2)

What Grandpa Laughed At Croy

Allah, the God of Islam Fitch (photos saved, volume thrown out)

Offering to my children:

Tales of Mystery and Imagination Poe (this is from the ancestors’ collection)


Edited: Feb 4, 2017, 1:39 pm

Here’s one I think my daughter will take:

Beat It, Burn It, and Drown It Hilton

Great title, eh? Daughter #2 has been on the quality testing team during this slowdown in the work season. It’s actually an enjoyable read. The title echoes the first three chapter titles.

The rest of them are:
Smash It
Shake, Stretch and Squeeze It
Take It Apart
Handle With Care

One I want to share with the grands – My Symphony Englebreit

Available, soon gone:

The King’s Daughter Pansy (perhaps my third copy.)

King Arthur and his Knights EL Merchant ill. By Edward F. Cortese The Children’s Classics (Holt Rinehart & Winston)

The Sketch Book Irving (I admit finally that I won’t read it.)

Great Expectations Dickens (read in school. No hankering to read it again.)

How to Build Your Own Wood-Frame House from Scratch N. H. Roberts (I have no idea why I have this except perhaps the cute old-fashioned cover.)

Readings for Today Weisinger (1947 college text used in composition class)

As For Me and My House Wangerin (I loved The Book of the Dun Cow. That’s not a good reason for owning this marriage manual.)

Generation Change Zach Hunter

The Little Grey Men BB (I bought this 25 years ago, and have never cracked it open.)

The Bounty Trilogy Nordhoff

Without Lawful Authority Manning Coles

Coming of Age in Samoa Mead

The Cross and the Crescent Fletcher


Dangit! Will fix touchstones tomorrow. Connection is rotten.

Jan 30, 2017, 2:10 pm


I am ordering the occasional book or three from my favorite site,
I just ordered three Vorkosigan titles so that shelf will be more complete and orderly.

I must reduce the book burden as a whole, and it seems I'm starting in the right direction at least.
Of course, in determining whether the books are still desirable, I'm having to open and browse, so my living room is getting messy. The shelves themselves are looking slightly better.

Edited: Feb 4, 2017, 1:42 pm

Dottie Dimple at her Grandmother’s Sophie May (back cover is loose)

Hans Andersen’s Fairy Tales and Wonder Stories Louis Read

Andersen’s Fairy Tales William T. Atwood (The Children’s Classics) ill. By Richardson and Cooke

A Decade of Masterpiece Theatre Masterpieces Alistair Cooke

The Financial Expert R. K. Narayan

National History Museum Chapultepec Castle

The Sunny Side of Asia Elliott (1928 travel narrative with photos, beginning with the Orient Express, through to Angkor and the Pacific.)

Bob and Judy (a second or third level school reader)

These still count for January, as they were culled then, but not reported here.


For a total of 65 discards in January.

February, sorting the loose piles in the dining room:
Regensburg Widman

Books from the series The Grand Tour
The World of Pleasure
Children of Fire

Time-Life Books The Missing Link

Rome for Ourselves Aubrey Menen

Space Time Infinity James S. Trefil

The Signature of God Grant Jeffrey

Divorce in the New Testament Raymond Collins

Ten Philosophical Mistakes Mortimer J. Adler

According to Paul Harris Franklin Rall

The Mind of the Maker Dorothy Sayer (duplicate)

Home with a Heart Dobson

Old Testament Stories Lillie A. Faris

Practical Drawing D. L. Stoddard

and again, touchstones stink.

Feb 3, 2017, 9:34 pm

You seem to be making in-roads! I keep looking at my piles & wonder if I have the will to part with most of it since I will never read the books.

Feb 4, 2017, 1:37 pm

You have no idea how trashed my house has become with excess books. This is just scraping the surface. It's a disease.

Edited: Feb 4, 2017, 1:59 pm

This may be a counterproductive thought, but there are books that I’d rather save for a friend to put in their booth, along with other stuff that I’ve determined I can live without. I’ve got tins of buttons, some old pottery and some kitchen tinware that I’m ready to discard. I closed my own booth last December, as I found it was allowing me to purchase more stuff so as to keep the space stocked.

The Complete Cow Sara Rath

The Tale of Benjamin Bunny (boardbook)

AnnualReport of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution Year ending June 30, 1905

The Renaissance Harper Torchbooks

Readings in Social Theory James Farganis

Another Day, Another Dungeon Costikyan

Balook Piers Anthony

England Under Edward I Jennifer Hawthorne

The War of 1812 Harry Coles. Boorstin ed.


Feb 4, 2017, 2:50 pm

>19 2wonderY: Buttons? Did you say buttons? Are they the older style buttons?

Feb 4, 2017, 6:16 pm

You knew I collect buttons, yes? As a corolarry I have pounds of less interesting buttons. I was selling them myself in my stall, by the Baggie load. This winter I'm digging around and finding lots more.
I used to do a button program at kindergartens/first grade, and had tins of buttons for the tikes to rummage and keep "treasures."

Feb 4, 2017, 9:28 pm

I used to rummage through Mom's button box (an old Buster Brown shoe box) and Mamaw's too when she'd let me. I always enjoyed spilling them through my hands. I've now got about 1/2 of Mamaw's collection (I split it with Mom) and some of Mom's. Kinda like me slowly getting Mom's cookbook collection. I ask her to bring me a few she's willing to part with any time she comes to visit. Heh.

Feb 4, 2017, 9:56 pm

Yes, my sisters and I spent hours in my mom's button tin. When my sister ended up with Nana's few, she felt guilty and began picking up jars and tin fulls for me. We eventually discovered the National Button Society, and I got very serious for a decade. Till my next passion - my ridge top.

Feb 13, 2017, 8:33 am

Slowing down. I've got only about half a dozen recorded on my laptop for this past week.

Feb 13, 2017, 8:47 pm

>9 2wonderY: they came, thank you. I love that little bird book.

Feb 14, 2017, 5:35 am

So glad!

a few more, already gone:

The Art of Photographing Nature Martha Hill/Art Wolfe

Two Serious Ladies Jane Bowles

Lady Audley’s Secret Braddon

The Misadventures of Benjamin
Bartholomew Piff Lethcoe

Fortress of Frost and Fire Lackey & Emerson


Feb 16, 2017, 7:25 am

My public library is discarding lots of big format non-fiction books; one of my weaknesses. Argh!

I came home with a handful hoping they would be appropriate for the grands. Gladly, daughter#1 agreed and took them along with another handful of childrens chapter books and a couple for herself. I'm not listing any of them here, as the library books only passed through briefly, and the others will remain in my library record as just moving to another location.

Edited: Mar 1, 2017, 2:57 pm

For February, I can claim three more, one being a third copy of The Three Musketeers, another a slim recipes pamphlet and I don't recall the title of the third. All three are housed in a Little Free Library in town.


For a total of 31 in February, and 96 for the year. Only acquired 4 or 5.

Mar 11, 2017, 2:59 pm

Good job!

Mar 20, 2017, 8:42 pm

Not doing much sorting this month.

The Technique of Getting Things Done - Laird
The Catholic Teen Bible will be donated to church.

Mar 21, 2017, 9:31 am

>30 2wonderY: LOLOL!

The contrast between your comment and your first book made me giggle...

Mar 21, 2017, 9:34 am

>31 fuzzi: Huh! I hadn't noticed. Harrumph! Perhaps I need to keep that one.

Mar 21, 2017, 9:34 am


Mar 21, 2017, 10:12 am

>30 2wonderY: >31 fuzzi: etc.: LOL indeed!

Apr 18, 2017, 6:33 pm

Just one this week, an advance copy of twisted that I never did read.

May 21, 2017, 3:21 pm

Stuck in town because my mechanic forgot to order the rear coil spring; my car won’t pass inspection without it. I was planning to take my annual week off for my birthday, but I have to postpone it now.

Went out and chopped at the underbrush first to discharge my frustration. Then began putting my kitchen to rights. It has developed into an awful mess this past year, and I’ve just been ignoring it.

Shelf full of recipe and household management books, along with 100 year old formularies.

What I can live without:

Wokcraft – a lovely little book from the 70s San Francisco scene. Illustrations, by Win Ng are very beautiful.

The Winland Family Book of Old-Fashioned Home Cooking – not sure why this is even in my house.

An Invitation to Tea - one of those small gift books with quotes and a few recipes.

Betty Crocker’s One-Dish Main Meals - I doubt I’ve ever opened this, though it has several slips of papers as markers, mostly in the pizza section. Will have to ask daughter.

Good Housekeeping’s Book of the Business of Housekeeping (duplicate) – This is nearly a centenary, published in 1924. I will wrap it and give it to daughter as a housewarming gift. She’s buying a hundred year old foursquare.

The World Book Encyclopedia of Science Volume III Chemistry Today – nice, but a bit primary.

The Lifetime Kitchen Collection – this is a benchtop stand alone format.

Campbell’s Creative Cooking with Soup – this has always agreed with my method of modular cooking. But I have no need for it anymore. Daughters and SILs lead with all the cooking.

A Taste of Catholicism – I think this was acquired in the last day of a book sale, sold by the bagful.

May 21, 2017, 3:41 pm

So we have both made progress this month.

BTW my car is also waiting to pass its inspection. They have to polish the headlights on Tuesday. The outside of the plastic is going milky, so it didn't pass. I hope they know what they are doing and the lights can shine brightly again!

May 21, 2017, 7:48 pm

I used to have a copy of Campbell's Creative Cooking with Soup. I thought the layout was rather nifty, but I no longer cook much with canned soup.

Edited: May 22, 2017, 8:30 pm

>36 2wonderY: I wish I could weed out my dh's extensive (and unused) cookbook collection. I have The Joy of Cooking that my mother gave me when I got married, and at least one of her James Beard cookbooks. I've used the former, a lot.

>37 MarthaJeanne: I bit the bullet and just had my headlight covers replaced. It wasn't horribly expensive, and now I can see better at night.

Edited: May 21, 2017, 8:41 pm

>39 fuzzi: I think you mean me. I try very hard not to drive at night, and when I do, it's in the city, so it shouldn't make that much difference. The polishing is what the garage recommends. Of course, the local garage can do the polishing, but if they need replacing I have to go to the Honda garage for the parts. (Might be why they chose polishing.) But the Honda place is much harder to get to.

May 22, 2017, 8:30 pm

>40 MarthaJeanne: yes, I did mean you!

I have a local garage that will and can do almost anything, except body work.

Jun 13, 2017, 11:06 am

Jun 13, 2017, 2:50 pm

My daughter is preparing to move to a neighboring state, so I've avoided bringing ANYTHING into her house for a couple of months. But the pile of books I'm planning to move to her and her children's collections is growing next to my front door.

Jun 13, 2017, 3:06 pm

>43 2wonderY: the books might need some family planning...

Edited: Nov 13, 2017, 12:37 pm


Michael O’Halloran (2nd copy)
A Weaver of Dreams (2nd copy)
So Big
Heraldry, Ancestry and Titles L. G. Pine
Lord Hornblower
The Pilgrim’s Progress and Grace Abounding (extra pb)
Two extras by Grace S. Richmond
Bachelor’s Bounty
The Indifference of Juliet

The Robber and Me
Ella Enchanted (extra pb)
The Door into Fire - I’m frankly shocked to find a Diane Duane title that doesn’t engage me.
The Hero and the Crown (perhaps I should try the audio; print version doesn’t do it for me)
The Milagro Beanfield War (extra pb)
The Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights

The Possible She
The World’s Greatest Buildings Trevor Howells
The Pursuit of Happiness and Other Sobering Thoughts
Practical Theater Trevor Griffiths
Shadow of Sodom
In Constant prayer (extra pb)
The Lord’s Prayers Elton Trueblood
Mere Christianity (offering extra copy to oldest daughter; it’s about time for her to tackle it)
On Heaven and Earth (hb, offering it to church friend. I replaced it with a large print edition) Pope Francis
The Truth About Angels and Demons Tony Evans

For interested history fans:
West Virginia Studies: Our Heritage William Thomas Doherty
Parkersburg: A Bicentennial History Bernard L. Allen
The R.O.T.C. Manual – Engineers 2nd Year Basic, 8th edition
The World’s Greatest War The Book of History, Volume 17) Holland Thompson
West Virginia, the Mountain State 2nd edition Ambler & Summers
The Great Political Theories Volume 1 Michael Curtis
The Gettysburg Address and Other Speeches (penguin 60s)
An American Legacy… The Oglebay Story
The Epic of Man (Life)

2 sets of NT dramas that are very badly done. Bought these at Dollar Tree at ½ off. These are film dramatizations from the 50s, with multiple inaccuracies and superbly wooden acting.
Hijacking Catastrophe – seems tame in today’s climate of outrageous politics.

Film 1 & 2 of the Lord of the Rings

Nov 11, 2017, 8:34 pm

So unusual, nothing grabs my interest, except the King Arthur one. My mother might have owned it, the cover is eerily familiar.

Edited: Nov 13, 2017, 12:41 pm

Oddly, I love Steinbeck's other works and I have a small collection of King Arthur, but this one just doesn't engage me.

He references the mythic Round Table at the start of Tortilla Flat in beautiful prose. And that is in my top three books.

A few more:

Super Toys & Games from Paper
World of Wonders: A trip Through Numbers Ockenga (offer to my sister who collects these find-it books and shares with her young grands)
Middle Passage Charles Johnson
Longlegs the Heron
Pope Paul VI
The New Path to Reading, Book Two 1935 Anna Dorothea Cordts


Bob Hope Road to Bali and My Favorite Brunette

Nov 12, 2017, 5:48 pm

>47 2wonderY: and I don't care for the Steinbeck's I've read...go figure.

Edited: Sep 1, 2020, 2:16 pm

Dec 6, 2017

Those November items are finally gone gone.

One co-worker took many of the tattered and history books. Two co-workers split all of the films between them. And I delivered the remainder to the local library. They have a case of donated books right by the front door, and I asked permission to load my stuff there. But the librarian said "Oh, we'll add those to the pile for our book sale, which starts Thursday."

She took me to the back room where we loaded a shelf. I got a glimpse of other books readied for the sale - TATTERED hardbacks!

About 150 in 2017

Jan 5, 2018, 1:50 pm

I will try to summarize last year when I’m not reduced to using this phone.

Took a small armload from that library sale. I’m still gaining.

Trying to start the New Year right, reclaiming my dining room.
The Ultimate Teddy Bear Book
Modern Toys: American Toys 1930 - 1980

More to come I hope.

Jan 6, 2018, 2:17 pm

Necessary Losses - I doubt Viorst has much to tell me on that subject at this point in my life.

Jan 6, 2018, 2:52 pm

I admire your attempts to reclaim some living space from the books. I'm convinced they multiply and sprawl while we sleep.

Jan 6, 2018, 7:55 pm

>52 reconditereader: They might do so; but I readily take blame - i’ve been undisciplined.

Able to let go of another volume from The Grand Tour
Architecture as Environment
I can list the contents if anyone is interested.

Edited: Jan 8, 2018, 6:41 am

Jan 8, 2018, 4:47 am

>3 2wonderY: "My problem is finding the right places for the books to move to."

Not for the small batches, perhaps, but when my grandfather died last month, we were able to get the local Friends of the Library crew to come out and pick things up themselves. (We had two or three van-loads of boxes for them, though, even after I snagged about eight boxes for myself... Also, at that volume, they were actually willing to come out and not only pick up but help box things up, too...)

Jan 8, 2018, 4:48 am

(Also: How do folks mark the things they're purging in LT? Or do you just delete them outright from your catalog?)

Edited: Jan 8, 2018, 5:05 am

I move mine to the Read but Unowned collection and add an @ Discarded tag. I don't want to lose the history of having owned them.

Edited to add a space in the tag name because it showed up as a membername link.

Jan 8, 2018, 6:55 am

My tag is 'deascessioned.'

I see I've got lots of catch-up to do there.

>55 infinitebuffalo: Sadly, my main library has discontinued their sale/give away shelf. I am exploring other options. My town is not a great readers paradise, and so books are of little value.

Edited: Jan 9, 2018, 12:35 pm

>58 2wonderY: aw. I love searching for what treasures I might find on the 25 cent shelf at our local library.

I also have a "Read but unowned" category, but I don't change/delete the date I purchased a book.

You could also add a note to the Comments or Private Comments section of the book, stating "rehomed on 1/1/18" or something like that.

Jan 18, 2018, 11:58 am

>51 2wonderY: Okay, I've rescued this one at least temporarily. There was a quote on aging that I thought was good; and then the rest of the chapter has some more fun observations. And then the next chapter after that is Dying.

I've got a growing stack at home, recorded on my laptop; which is only connected to the internet when I take it out for an excursion.

Feb 19, 2018, 5:36 am


Marya Morevna
The Snows of Kilimanjaro - dvd
Architecture as Environment
Modern Toys American Toys 1930 -1980
The Ultimate Teddy Bear Book
Taunton Home Curb Appeal Idea Book
Eclectic English Classics: Scott’s Lady of the Lake and
MacCauley’s Life of Samuel Johnson
Family Adjustment and Social Change – Manuel Conrad Elmer
1995 The Reading Group Book Laskin & Hughes
1981 The List of Books Raphael & McLeish
The World’s Best Thin Books
Various Fables from Various Places edited by Diane di Prima
The Ancient Celts Cunliffe
An extra HB copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows
Historical Viewpoints Volume 1 – to 1877 John A.Garraty
Ray’s New Intellectual Arithmetic (Grace Ingle Pease)
The First Steps in Algebra (Henry P. Ingle)
The United States for Children - an old school book (Grace Ingle)
Kingsley’s Greek Heroes (Perseus, The Argonauts, Theseus)
Miniature Stories of the Saints books II & IV

total 21

Feb 19, 2018, 5:38 am

Mar 3, 2018, 6:59 pm

The Readers’ Choice McMains 2000

total for February = 4

Mar 3, 2018, 7:02 pm

These may not be in my catalog, but they’ve been stacked in my basement for years on a library cart. I need that cart now for my library books. So, clearing out some very interesting titles.

The Adventures of Jonathan CornCob
Historic Houses of Connecticut - 1963, 64 page b&w
The First Reformed Church of Canton, Ohio (cover stained, but contents in great condition)
Army Uniforms of World War 2, Andrew Mollo, (24 countries)
Elijah, Messenger of GodLeon Baxter’s illustrations are cool.
Thomas Moore’s Care of the Soul pb, great condition
The Soul’s Code, James Hillman hardcover, w/dust jacket

Mar 3, 2018, 7:06 pm

Ben-Hur – possibly 1880 edition. Gilt front cover design
The Long RollN. C. Wyeth illustrations
Earthborn: In Celebration of Wild Places – marvelous photography
Arizona’s Scenic Seasons
Ravens Crows Magpies and Jays – really special b&w drawings throughout by the author
American Woodworking Tools Kebabian &Witney
The Queen’s JewelsLeslie Field
Home Owners’ Catalogs – original bound advertisements from 1950.
Powers of Nature – 1978 National Geographic – earthquakes, storms, droughts, etc.
The Art of Caricature - Dick Gautier

Mar 3, 2018, 7:11 pm

Bridges (Masterpieces of Architecture)Lionel Browne – 1996
Gray’s Anatomy: 19th Edition – 1913, 2 volumes. Volume 1 has a broken spine, loose cover.
Loose Change , 2nd edition – 9/11 conspiracy theory
A Survey of European Civilization: Part 1 – to 1660 Carl L. Becker 1969
Junior Genreflecting 2000

Mar 3, 2018, 9:34 pm

>65 2wonderY: if it's not musty, I would love to give the book Historic Houses of Connecticut a good home. I was raised in Connecticut, in a house built circa 1800.

Mar 4, 2018, 9:24 am

>68 fuzzi: It is musty, but not overwhelmingly so. Let me enclose it with some activated charcoal for a week and see.

Mar 4, 2018, 3:47 pm

>69 2wonderY: thank you!

Mar 5, 2018, 10:30 am

I spent Sunday sorting books in the bedroom. The list is on my home laptop, so I'll download the rest when I'm connected. But I've got two whole boxes staged at my front door! Don't imagine that it means there aren't piles still everywhere. But it's some progress.

Mar 5, 2018, 9:10 pm

>71 2wonderY: every bit helps. I started organizing my bedroom closet this weekend, and managed to arrange a couple shelves of books (yes, I have a set of bookshelves in our small walk-in closet, ha!) but then my allergies kicked in, and I had to stop stirring up dust. Before I quit I managed to put seven books to the side for rehoming, a start.

Edited: Mar 7, 2018, 6:46 pm

Antonio - Ernest Oldmeadow
Staring at the SunJulian Barnes
Coming of Age in the Milky Way
Reflections on the Revolution in France & The Rights of Man Edmund Burke, Thomas Paine
ThornyholdMary Stewart
The Tuna Fish Gourmet - going to daughter’s house for future galas.
Carpentry and Building Construction – Feirer and Hutchings, 1981. Isbn 870023276 This was my godfather’s, and it is nice to have it, but is too broad for my uses. May offer it to SIL.

Mar 7, 2018, 6:50 pm

Clearing some from the bedside shelf:

Confronted by Love, Dan Baumann - 2nd Corinthians
Prison of Souls, Mercedes Lackey
The Silent Tower, the only Barbara Hambly I’ve been unable to penetrate.
Banker to the Poor
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Heaven – pokes fun of mid-20th century Evangelical lifestyle extremes
Basic Christianity, John R.W.Stott
The Ten Commandments, William Barclay

Mar 7, 2018, 6:56 pm

For sale: Dreams and their Meaning – this is the 1922 printing by The Roycrofters. Leather spine is in need of TLC, with an inch and a half split, but the book is otherwise in Good condition.

Habits of the Heart, Robert N. Bellah
Madame Bovary – the print is just too small for me to attempt anymore.
What Grandpa Laughed At, Homer Croy
Parragon boardbook Toad’s AdventuresA. J. Wood and Maggie Downer, who is why I bought this. But it is boring. Isbn 185813627X
BH&Gs Small Bath Solutions – some nice projects, but mostly modern. Not my style.
BH&Gs Inside Out: Decorating Outdoor Spaces with Indoor Style – lovely stuff, but again, not my style. Isbn 0696216051
I Loved a Girl
If At Birth You Don’t Succeed

Edited: Mar 8, 2018, 8:09 am

Christian romance
Seneca Hearts

wow, so far 53 just this week.

Mar 9, 2018, 10:05 pm

>77 2wonderY: nice job!

I took a box of books to the used book store today...and you know what happened...

Edited: Apr 1, 2018, 8:11 am

The last of the March discards:

En Bonne Forme –Dietiker
Book Reviewing – Kamerman
Books that Build Character – Kilpatrick (off to daughter’s house)
Webster’s New Dictionary of Synonyms (also to be offered to budding writer grand)
Peter’s Quotations
Figures of Speech, Arthur Quinn - I’ve never peeked in this in 30 years.
The Writer’s Quotation Book, James Charlton, editor. I will browse and enjoy first.
The Writer’s Chapbook, George Plimpton, editor
The Great Quotations, George Seldes
The Illustrated Book of Trees, William Carey Grimm
The Ideal Book of Elocution, Oratory and Entertainment, Frances Putnam Pogle - loose and rough cover, but entire and readable.
In the Face of God, Michael Horton
Serendipity: Accidental Discoveries in Science, Royston M. Roberts
The Heart of Man, Gerald Vann

March total = 67

Apr 1, 2018, 9:29 am

Ha! Not the only one listing March discards today!

Apr 1, 2018, 9:58 am

I record them on my laptop at home and occasionally dump the info when i’m on wi-fi. I’m at daughter’s home today.

Happy Easter!

Edited: Apr 23, 2018, 6:21 am

I don’t have any idea why I saved these:
0534418155 instructor’s Elementary and Intermediate Algebra
0321245512 Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry and Drama
0030563577 Grammer, Usage, and Mechanics, Language Skills Practice

Terence Conran’s New House Book
Time-Life American Country Country Decorating
Christie’s Collectibles: Teapots, a brief historical survey published in 1996. By Paul Tippett
Dragonflies by Molly McLaughlin
The Encyclopedia of Candle Making Techniques – very cool. I just never followed through.
Large format complete Peter Pan with photo illustration by Raquel Jaramillo
Sharp Gardening by Christopher Holliday
Caterina the Clever Farm Girl
Pigsty by Mark Teague
Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman
It’s a Perfect Day by Abigail Pizer
Alphabears (paperback)
The Shoe Monster by 1st & 2nd grade classes
Regards to the Man in the Moon by Ezra Jack Keats
The Book Cupboard – (six small books inside)
A Treehouse in Frostburg
I Spy Year-Round Challenger!
Little Otter is Missing illustrated by Rene Cloke (extra copy)

Bonechi set:
8870091597 Egypt by Abbas Chalaby
Luxor by Giovanna Magi

To my grand:
Drawing from Nature by Jim Arnosky
The Sign of the Seahorse
One Less Fish
Kat Kong – available after a single read.

To my pregnant daughter:
When My Baby Dreams by Adele Enersen

For the tattered aficionado:

A 1959 look at circuses, all B&W, but pretty cool – A Ticket to the Circus by Charles Philip Fox
Volumes 7 and 8 of the Boys and Girls Bookshelf, they are parts 1 and 2 of Historic Tales and Golden Deeds. The first has a cover in very good condition; the other is marred, probably water spatters.
Moni the Goat-Boy, a drab worn copy, but with four nice color prints by Maria L. Kirk
The Ambitious Elephant by Katharine Wood
Mother Goose ABC illustrated by Kinuko Craft – saturated colors, like older books; last two pages torn along the valley.

just wanted to dump the list. I'll fix touchstones tomorrow.

Apr 22, 2018, 9:29 pm

The dragonfly book interests me. Is it a picture book or more of an identification guide?

Apr 24, 2018, 7:19 am

>83 fuzzi: I had to go and look. It's a primary grades science book. So there is some species identification in the photo blurbs. On one spread, I see flame-tipped clubtail, canyon rubyspot and green darner. But not any further field guide materials. 28 pages total. Shall I send it on to you?

Apr 24, 2018, 8:16 am

>84 2wonderY: I think I'll pass. If there were other books you were sending, I'd say add it to the mix, but don't send it by itself. I'd hate to waste your money.

Edited: Jan 3, 2019, 7:39 pm

Piles and piles and more piles.

Discovered I don’t need to keep The Wildlife Atlas, but want to offer it to whomever would like it for the color plates by Alcuin Dornisch. They are all very nice.

April total = 47

May 1, 2018, 9:35 pm

>86 2wonderY: you're an enabler... ;)

May 19, 2018, 10:22 pm

Olympia, Antoinette Kalleya
A Treatise of Orders and Plain Dignities, Loyseau, edited by Howell A. Lloyd
Sadlier-Oxford Vocabulary Workshop Level F
Structure of the Human Brain Stephen J. DeArmond
Time-Life The Enchanted World: Ghosts
2003, 40th anniversary tribute, Globe Special Digests, The Beatles, the Paul cover
Barclay Pocket Guide The Ten Commandments
Success 101, John C. Maxwell
Spiral bound My Family’s Favorites by Mary Beth Roe
Dover publication, Scottish Tartans in full color (73 plates), James Grant
God’s Little Instruction Book II
God’s Little Instruction Book for Graduates
Life After Life (3 copies)
God Whispers, Margaret Feinberg
All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten (2 copies)
Davis College of Agriculture, Celebrating 150 Years
Prairie County Fair
Counter Attack, Jay Carty
Isaac Asimov’s Treasury of Humor
Armies of the Crusades, Terence Wise, color plates by G. A. Embleton
Men Who Knew Christ, Lasor
Lending the Parables Our Ears
The Parables of Jesus: Glimpses of the New Age
Who’s Who in the New Testament
Signs and Symbols Around the World, Helfman
The Imitation of Christ
Theologians of Our Time, Ernst Wolf, et al
The Tanglewood’s Secret

Great Ages of Man:
The Age of Exploration
The Reformation
Age of Enlightenment

Tattered tomes:

Text-Book of Geology , Louis V. Pirsson, 1920
Lady Blanche’s Salon, Lloyd Bryce
Two by Johanna Spyri
Eric and Sally
Oscar Wilde’s Salome, Heritage Press copy, illustrated by Valenti Angelo
Once There Was A King, Raymond MacDonald Alden (still with a very nice dustjacket)
Captains Courageous, illustrated by I. W. Taber
The Dagger, the Fish and Casey McKee
Can I Keep Him? Steven Kellogg
The Plant Sitter. Gene Zion
Pollyanna (extra copy) publisher’s series Jane D. Abbott Books for Girls; dustjacket in pretty good shape.
The House of the Seven Gables (Art-Type Edition by Books, Inc.)
Two Childrens Classics with color illustrations by Donald E. Cooke:
Treasure Island
The Arabian Nights

Tossing: Liberation Without Gods

To granddaughter:
National Museum: Sculpture-Bronzes-Vases
A Golden Guide: Trees
The Strange Case of Origami Yoda
Daddy Long-Legs
Making Animal Babies, Collard, cool paper art illustrations by Steve Jenkins

To church library:
The Lamb’s Supper (extra copy)
Joy, Louis Everly
The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church
Called and Gifted for the Third Millenium
Outlines of the Catholic Faith
Book of Saints: A Year of Readings, Bert Ghezzi

May 20, 2018, 8:35 pm

Good job!

I'd love that Steven Kellogg book, if no one else has requested it.

May 23, 2018, 4:00 pm

Added to your pile!

Edited: Jan 3, 2019, 7:42 pm

Making a small pile for daughter:
Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich
Fabrics and Dress, Lucy Rathbone (1937)
Glass Etching, Robert G. Bush
The Art of Napkin Folding, Susan Kalish – time for the grands to learn a fancier table.
The Modern Quilt Workshop, Weeks Ringle
Egg-Carton Zoo, Rudi Haas

Examining my bookshelves and piles in the front hall and living room – there ARE books I can live without:
UnVeiled: Voices of Women in Afghanistan, Harriet Logan
The Quest for Cosmic Justice, Thomas Sowell
Kids Say the Darndest Things, Bill Cosby edition
Sin and Madness: Studies in Narcissism, Shirley Sugerman
In a Sunburned Country, Bill Bryson
Life World Library: India, Joe David Brown
Sermons on the Psalms, Harold A. Bosley
Philippians: Rejoice in the Lord, Ray Frank Robbins
First and Second Peter, George H. Cramer
Here Comes Jesus, Ed Stewart
Parables: Poking Holes in Religious Balloons, Jamie Buckingham
Out of the Depths: The Psalms Speak to Us Today, Bernhard W. Anderson
Explaining Crime, Gwynn Nettler
The Holocaust, Martin Gilbert
The Oxford Book of Legal Anecdotes, Michael Gilbert, ed.
How to Track and Find Game, Clyde Ormond
How to Know the Insects, H. E. Jaques
Insects: Their Ways and Means of Living, Robert Evans Snodgrass
Peterson Field Guides Eastern Butterflies, Paul A. Opler
TimeFrame: The Natural World, Thomas H. Flaherty
Bridal Flowers, Maria McBride-Mellinger
Awakening Genius in the Classroom, Thomas Armstrong
A Birder’s Guide to Trinidad and Tobago, William L. Murphy (gifted by the author)
Catechism of the Catholic Church (1994) I don’t need three copies, eh?
The Case for Faith, Lee Strobel
Strange Days, Dangerous Nights, Larry Millett
Life Styles: Diversity in American Society, Saul D. Feldman – I’ve had this since the 1970s with the intention to read it. Probably won’t.
Puget Sound Ferries: from Canoe to Catamaran, an illustrated history, Carolyn Neal
The New English Bible: The Apocrypha, Oxford University Press
The Old Testament Story, John H. Tullock
Extreme A to Z: Find it in the Bible (a concordance for youth)
The King James Study Bible, Thomas Nelson Publishers
Introductory Textile Science, Marjory L. Joseph
Textiles, Norma Hollen, Jane Saddler
Keys to College Studying, Carol Carter
The Bedford Guide for College Writers, X. J. Kennedy

The Man and the Book Nobody Knows, Bruce Barton
Family Adjustment and Social Change, ManuelConrad Elmer (1932)
Lady Blanche Farm/Queen Anne’s Lace (I’ve kept this for 50 years and never re-read it)
Great Son, Edna Ferber
Show Boat, Edna Ferber
Seesik the Sailor, T. L. Sappington
Simon Dale, Anthony Hope
(owned by Grace Pease):
A Manual for Club Women, Anna Steese Richardson
The Woman in White, Wilkie Collins (will not re-read this, I think)
Gray’s Manual of Botany (1950)
Insect Pests of Farm Garden and Orchard, E. Dwight Sanderson (1912)
Destructive and Useful Insects, 4th edition, Metcalf, Flint & Metcalf (1962)
Annual Report of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution (year ending June 30, 1905) (ask for article titles)
History of American Costume, 1607-1870, Elisabeth McClellan (1942) some color plates. I bought this last year for 50c
Ralph’s Scrap Book, Ralph Bicknell, (1905) Printed and bound and gilt-edged collection of the Bicknell family from the past two generations.
Caddie Woodlawn, Carol Ryrie Brink (1935) – nice dustjacket
Captain of the Medici, John J. Pugh (1953) – also a great dustjacket

June total so far = 59

Jun 4, 2018, 5:56 am

Please add the Peterson's guide to my stack.

Halley's is good, though the newer editions are abridged/edited. When was your copy published?

The Case for Faith is a good one to leave in medical office or other waiting rooms. We used to have a bookshelf of assorted reads in the cancer center lobby and I added a few unneeded volumes from my library to the collection. Not sure if they still have it.

Edited: Jul 2, 2018, 8:26 pm

Silent Witness: the language of your home, George Andersen
the house that jill built, Judy Ostrow
Remodeling Idea File, BH&G isbn 069623540
The Church, Hans Kung
two Arden Shakespeares:
Twelfth Night
Women, Annie Lebovitz
Where is God When It Hurts?, Philip Yancey (4 extra copies. This is such a good book, that I was collecting spare copies in order to pass them on.) (Much better than the Rabbi Kushner book.)
If Jesus was a Sophomore, Bruce Main
Our Friend: Public Nuisance #1, Susan Smith
Cooking Class Chinese Cookbook, Louis Weber
The Lifetime Kitchen Collection
A Taste of Catholicism: A New Generation
Ortho Home Gardener’s Problem Solver
God Can Make It Happen, Russ Johnston
Fasting for Renewal of Life, Herbert M. Shelton

after poking at them for several weeks, I’ve decided I don’t need these anymore:
The Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat (contains the first 3 books)
The Stainless Steel Rat Wants You!
The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted

and venturing into the craft room:
Creating Wooden Villages, Evan J. Kern
The Art of Making Furniture in Miniature, Harry W. Smith
Dollhouse Decorating, Nick Forder
The Book of Miniatures Furniture & Accessories, Helen Ruthberg
The Complete Book of Making Miniatures, Thelma R. Newman

To sister Pat:

The King’s Daughter
The Rivals of the Chalet School
The Chalet School at War
May Bartlett’s Stepmother
The Tale of Daddy Longlegs
A Wonder-Book, Hawthorne
Foursquare, an extra copy
Games, Stunts, Socials & Parties, Blanche Paine Elliott


The Book of Good Manners, W. C. Green
Lippincott’s Home Manuals: House and Home, Greta Gray
The Child’s Book of Health, Albert F. Blaisdell
Healthy Living book 2, Charles-Edward Amory Winslow (1917) even mentions the benefits of the covered garbage pail.)
War Wife, Renee Swann
Democracy and Other Addresses, James Russell Lowell
Uncle Wiggly in the Country
The Water-Babies

Jul 2, 2018, 3:29 pm

There is a used book store in my town now, so I thought to try there to unload books. They only accept pristine condition; which doesn’t help with most of my discards. The positive thing is they have a standard price for each category, and they pay 25% cash to the seller or 33% credit. They took only a handful, but it was enough to cover one of the two books I purchased. ; )

So the rest will go to my library book sale. I still have two packages to put in the mail, gg and fuzzi. I am fairly feckless on that matter.

Jul 3, 2018, 9:50 pm

>95 2wonderY: yes!

I've been trying to find used book stores on my trip, have several added to the itinerary.

Jul 3, 2018, 11:08 pm

I brought two boxes of books to Cincinatti, hoping to sell them here. Wrong day for it. Did buy a good copy of Eight Cousins for my granddaughter.

Jul 13, 2018, 2:08 pm

I took this short stack to the used book store in Berea. They hardly ever buy. I got a $2 credit, added to an ancient credit I already had there, and was able to buy three books. Two had been on my wishlist, and the third had such a compelling first paragraph, I just HAD TO.

Jul 20, 2018, 10:04 am

The Life Book of Christmas, Volume 1: The Glory of Christmas
Country Living The Peaceful Home
Period Details, Martin Miller and Judith Miller
Centenary of BASF: In the Realm of Chemistry – history of the dye company Badische Anilin - & Soda-Fabrik, Ludwigshafen am Rhein

Jul 29, 2018, 11:30 pm

The Book of Job, 1927 edition by Ernest Benn Ltd. illustrations by William Blake

Jul 30, 2018, 8:14 pm

The Holton Primer. Recycling pile, as it’s just a pile of shabby pages now. Digging some strange items out of my attic.

Jul 30, 2018, 8:28 pm

>101 2wonderY: I can't look up this particular book, is it a retelling of the story from the Bible?

Jul 31, 2018, 11:50 am

>103 fuzzi: It's straight from the bible, complete with verse numbering. This is one that I will attempt to sell. I think there is some monetary value to be found.

Aug 2, 2018, 12:04 pm

>104 2wonderY: how interesting!

Edited: Aug 6, 2018, 1:29 pm

Huh. I thought I had a few more to add from July, but they don't appear to have been saved in my document. Ah well. This is just a rough list, as they all are for me.

July total = 17

Edited: Aug 4, 2018, 12:58 pm


Cleaning on the ridgetop, I found stacks of books I had set aside to stock my booth at the antiques mall. So it’s pretty easy to move these out, for the most part.

Old favorites, but duplicates, to sister Pat:

Round the Corner in Gay Street
The Twenty-Fourth of June, also a Grace Richmond.
Hans Brinker
The Lion’s Mouse

Everlastings, Patricia Thorpe
The New Cottage Home, JimTolpin
London: a picture book to remember her by, J. A. Mawson, editor, 1969
Two volumes from The Grand Tour series:
Waters of Life
Breaking the Confines

Amelia Peabody’s Egypt, Elizabeth Peabody
Kodak’s Capture the Beauty of Nature
Disneyland: The First Thirty-Five Years copyright MCMLXXXIX (1989?)
The Comet is Coming, Nigel Calder, 1980 history of Halley
One Hundred & One Famous Poems, Roy J. Cook (okay, holding this one out temporarily while I browse it.)
Llangollen: Where All the World Meets, a paperback pocket tour guide full of local advertisements. Guessing it’s from the 70s)
The Ice-Cream Cone Coot, Arnold Lobel
When Water Animals are Babies, Elizabeth Schwartz

Hey Diddle Diddle and Other Funny Poems, illustrated by Randolph Caldecott, a modern hardback library copy.
Best Stories from the Best Book, James Edson White ( a presentation edition from 1942; lovely cover)
Gay Nineties Melodramas, Lawrence M. Brings (published 1963, included in this category because of the tattered era content.)
The Little Kingdom Primer, Nettie Alice Sawyer, 1912
America, Land of Freedom, Gertrude Hartman, 1946 Appears to be a textbook owned by husband’s young uncle, who died shortly after Buck was born. There is a scrap of a history essay started about Abe Lincoln’s rescue of a mired pig. Will share with daughters and pass it on to their uncle who was named for this relative whom he never met.)
The Cokesbury Party Book, Arthur M. Depew, 1932

To daughter’s house, temporarily:
Victorian House Style, Linda Osband
Supposes, Dick Gackenbach
The Faeries of Spring Cottage, Wendy Froud

Edited: Oct 11, 2018, 1:46 pm

August total = 29


Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch
Reinventing Home, Carroll Stoner et al
The World War and What Was Behind It, Benezet (1916, 1918) (Engle Pease)
Perfect “10”, Brent D. Earles
Out of Tune: Listening to the First Amendment, John Frohnmayer, editor
The Twelve Conditions of a Miracle, Todd Michael
Superman: Last Son of Krypton, Elliot S. Maggin
The Principles of Gardening, Hugh Johnson
Stories by Firelight, Shirley Hughes
Uncle Wiggily on the Farm, Howard R. Garis
Great Swedish Fairy Tales, John Bauer, illustrator
Charged with Treason, John Carroll Elliott
An Investigation of Angels, Wynelle F. Main
Illuminata, Marianne Williamson
The Ohio Valley, George Laycock
Adventures in West Virginia, Ellen S.Wilkerson
ragamuffin prayers, Jimmy Abegg, editor
Aware of the Wicked, Judy Joyce
Growing in Christ, Rick Warren
Intense Moments with the Savior, Ken Gire
How To Be a Motivated Christian, Stuart Briscoe
The Classic Italian Garden, Judith Chatfield
The Laura Ashley Book of Home Decorating, Elizabeth Dickson
A Guide to Coopers Rock State Forest, Judith S. Rodd
Sunset Books Bonsai, 1965
Vegetable Gardening, 1978
The Beauty of America in Great American Art, Country Beautiful Foundation
Mandatory Motherhood, Garrett Hardin
A Student’s Guide to 50 American Novels, Abraham H. Lass, editor
Once in a Wood: Ten Tales from Aesop, Eve Rice (nice pencil illustrations)
Ways of Seeing, John Berger
The Victorian Temper, Jerome Hamilton Buckley
Light from Many Lamps, Lillian Eichler Watson
1847 German Lutheran bible, printed in Philadelphia, inscription: George Jacob Yeager

To daughter’s house:
Wired Child
Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Macmillan’s Pocket Classic (owned by Alice Pease)
The Case for Christ, student edition, Lee Strobel
A Golden Guide Seashells of the World
A Golden Guide Seashores
A Golden Field Guide Identification Seashells of North America isbn 0307136574
The Curse of Chalion, Lois McMaster Bujold
Ortho Books How to Plan & Remodel Attics & Basements

September total = 42

Oct 9, 2018, 8:21 pm

Have you ditched the Swedish fairy tales?

Oct 11, 2018, 1:48 pm

>111 fuzzi: Yes, the bookstore took it.

Hey, I've still got two packages for you that haven't yet made it to the post office. My life has been crazy.

Oct 12, 2018, 12:21 pm

>112 2wonderY: no problem! My life has been crazy here, especially since before the hurricane. I've got a ton of threads I've not read in several weeks. Oh well.

At least I'm still reading. :)

Dec 3, 2018, 7:57 am

My discards project has stalled this season.

Daughter finally started opening and sorting boxes of her books over Thanksgiving. Livy and I had assembled and placed a couple of IKEA shelves on the generous landing up to the children's room in the attic. But they had been left empty for months! The grands are actually reading some of the classics I've encouraged, so this is an important project. We emptied dozens of boxes and filled the shelves in an inviting manner.

But daughter didn't stop there. She got the discard urge herself and built a small mountain of get-rid-ofs. I saw a few treasures there, so I collected a (small) box of rescues. Some will be passed on to newest grandchild as time passes. I've revisited some of the books and will add a few back to my collection, but did manage to release a couple as well.

Dec 3, 2018, 8:03 am

>114 2wonderY: swim free, little books! Swim free!

Dec 3, 2018, 8:08 am

Nice tale!

Edited: Jan 3, 2019, 7:46 pm


Drained, Johann Christoph Arnold
A Free Man of Color, Barbara Hambly
$ellebrity, George Lois

Tennyson’s five idylls
The R.O.T.C Manual: Engineers 2nd year Basic
47 Creative Homes that started as bargain buildings, Jean Kinney
The Modern Family Garden Book, Roy E. Biles

Pulling back out of the June pile
Lippincott’s Home Manuals: House and Home, Greta Gray

Engle/Pease collection:

Macmillan Pocket Classics
The Merchant of Venice
Silas Marner
College Handbook of Composition, Edwin C. Wooley and Franklin W. Scott
An Account of the Experience of Hester Ann Rogers and her funeral sermon, by Rev. Dr. Coke, to which are added her spiritual letters, 1893.

October total = 10


The Grand Tour: Individual Creations
The Grand Tour: The Closed Faith
Books That Made the Difference, Gordon Sabine
The Book of Sequels

Kate Greenaway’s Mother Goose
The Pied Piper of Hamelin, illustrated by Kate Greenaway
A History of the Nineteenth Century Year by Year

December 2108

The Spirit Ring, Bujold
Laugh Lines: Getting Old is Funny!, New Seasons
One Gray Mouse (counting book), Katherine Burton, Kim Fernandez
Creating with Clay, Lothar Kampmann
Floor Magic, Alan Berman
The Metropolitan Museum of Art Summer 2001 bulletin
Victorian Colored Pattern Glass, Book III – Syrups, Sugar Shakers & Cruets (in such bad shape, I tossed it.)


Elsie Dinsmore (extra copy)

To daughter:

Mary Engelbreit’s Home Companion: Paint

December total = 9

Total for 2018 = 414, more or less
Not too shabby.

Edited: Jan 5, 2019, 4:59 pm

Tricia Guild’s Design & Detail - I find I own both hardback and paperback versions, and was attracted to the saturated colors; but I find that that is the only feature that attracts me.
Willis Poems - a very pretty binding and the page edges are gilt, but rather ponderous bad poetry.
The Life of Samuel Johnson - acknowledging that I will never read it.

Jan 5, 2019, 4:54 pm

>119 2wonderY: Touchstone alert. I think you mean Design and Detail

Jan 5, 2019, 4:57 pm

You're doing great work on the weeding. I'm impressed!

Jan 5, 2019, 5:02 pm

>120 MarthaJeanne: Thanks! Fixed.

>121 reconditereader: I'm impressed by the numbers too. But that vanishes when I look up again.

Jan 6, 2019, 9:26 am

This is hard work. I make a decision and then pull it from the discard pile again. Farewell to some friends who've been in my life for decades...

Christmas Days, Joseph C. Lincoln
the hundredth monkey, Ken Keyes, Jr. – loved and saved the macaque monkey story in chapter 1. Recycled the rest of the book.
Illusions, Richard Bach - don’t need two copies.
The Illustrated Book of Science Fiction Ideas & Dreams, David Kyle – large format and jam-packed with vintage color posters et cetera.

Jan 6, 2019, 10:11 am

>123 2wonderY: my sympathies and congratulations.

Jan 6, 2019, 5:24 pm

Homefront Hero, Allie Pleiter – attractive cover, but just a junk Harlequin

These three have been hanging around since I saved them from the trash at work. Nice old historical tomes:
USDI Bureau of Reclamation Earth Manual,1st edition
Chemistry, and Materials of Construction, I.C.S. Staff (1933) – International Textbook Company
Dupont Blasters’ Handbook, 15th edition

Jan 7, 2019, 4:00 pm

I’ve got Hatrack River, so I don’t need Red Prophet and Prentice Alvin.
Also determined that I don’t have the inclination to re-read
The Worthing Saga
Treasure Box
Card is an excellent writer, but I will stick primarily with his Ender Saga.
The Gristmill, Bobbie Kalman
Winesburg, Ohio – haven’t read it yet, so surely I don’t need 2 copies, eh? So disposing the Viking Critical edition after reading the reviews from 1919.

Vatican City, Loretta Santini – paperback 1978, not the best quality. Sistine Chapel ceiling pics are very nice.

Will try to sell these:
Old Testament Stories, Lillie A. Faris – perfect condition hardback from 1934; I just don’t have a use for it.
The Heritage Club The Book of Ruth, pictures by Arthur Szyk – a boxed art book, specially bound; but I like the Petersham illustrations better.

Jan 7, 2019, 5:02 pm

>123 2wonderY: You could always use the KonMari method -- does this book spark joy? if so, keep it and display it. if not, thank it and donate it/toss it.

Jan 7, 2019, 5:14 pm

>127 lesmel: I am so far beyond that, it's not funny. I've always had many many books.

I used to joke about this illustration by David Small:

but it's actually near to being accurate anymore.

Jan 7, 2019, 6:29 pm

>128 2wonderY: oh...yes...

Jan 7, 2019, 9:58 pm


Jan 9, 2019, 8:55 am

>131 reconditereader: Perhaps. That bookshelf was established at a particular phase of my life. I still own the interest, but not the emphasis.


Democracy, Henry Adams – A good book; would try audio if I decide to re-read.
Great Short Works of Mark Twain, editor Justin Kaplan – print is waaay too small. (I'm listening to some on audio)
The Missing Books of the Bible, Volume II, Halo Press
The Illustrated Bible Story Book, 1935, adapter Edith Patterson Meyer, pictures by Milo Winter – again, very nice condition.

Fairy tale collections are a good thing, but possibly unnecessary in multiples. Iona and Peter Opie gathered The Classic Fairy Tales in the 70s. This is rescued library edition in excellent shape, but I finally acknowledge that it doesn’t add anything to my home library.

Time-Life history sets are a resource I’ve considered to be rich and valuable. Daughter, while in high school, wondered why text books weren’t so interesting. So I have several sets still on my shelves. Great Ages of Man is one, and I’m considering breaking up the set. I don’t feel the need to revisit the first three volumes:
Classical Greece
Imperial Rome

Jan 9, 2019, 4:49 pm

Yesterday the wind came through in gale force, though it was sweater temperature outside. Today it has begun snowing - the first of the season here. Good reason to stay inside.

Chateaux of the Loire, D’Huart, Simone
The Endurance, Caroline Alexander
A Williamsburg Household, Joan Anderson
Toward a Theology of History, J. V. Langmead Casserley
The Essential Augustine, editor Vernon J. Bourke
Augustine: Religion of the Heart, Dennis E. Groh
The Secrets of Intercessory Prayer, Jack Hayford

To the grands:
Insect Magic, Kjell B. Sandved

Jan 9, 2019, 11:29 pm

I had this professor in college. This was not our textbook, but covers a topic I was mildly interested. Have I read it? Nope. The Economics of Labor and Collective Bargaining, William H. Miernyk
Are Unions Necessary?, Irving Auerbach – Doesn’t really discuss the question, but is a good historical collection of AFL-CIO documents.
From Pocahontas to Power Suits, Kay Mills
Egypt Observed, Henri Gougaud
A Day in the Life of Ireland, Collins Publishers
Fantasy and Folklore: Dragons, John Hamilton – a thin vanity book, with lots of recycled art. Most are by Don Maitz, Jenny Wurts, and one Arthur Rackham

Jan 10, 2019, 8:36 am

>132 2wonderY: if you want a home for those Great Ages of Man books, I'd be glad to pay for postage. My dh would love them.

Jan 11, 2019, 5:06 pm

>135 fuzzi: Yes ma'am. I thought your request might kick me into gear with the parcels I've already got for you...but...not yet. Perhaps tomorrow.

Jan 12, 2019, 2:57 pm

Hollywood Kids, J. C. Suares
Three Rotten Eggs. Gregory Maguire
Angels: An Endangered Species, Malcolm Godwin - extra copy. I think I love this because of the endpapers, that reproduce the art on the dustjacket.

Jan 13, 2019, 5:57 am

>138 2wonderY: did you like that John Ehle book?

Jan 13, 2019, 10:57 am

>139 fuzzi: It was one of those books that wandered in without any good purpose. I never read it.

More from the living room ~

The Origins of the Second World War, editor A. J. P. Taylor
Europe of the Dictators: 1919 – 1945, Elizabeth Wiskemann
I Remember, Russell Duncan - signed by the author. North Dakota history
America’s Decades: the 1940s, editor Louise I. Gerdes
The Wisdom Library Tears and Laughter, Kahlil Gibran – nice gilt lettering on dark green boards. editor Martin L. Wolf
DoverThrift Abraham Lincoln Great Speeches - includes the Letter to Mrs. Bixby
Historical Viewpoints: Volume 2 – Since 1865, editor John A. Garraty
Don’t Shoot, It’s Only Me, Bob Hope
Cameras Into the Wild, Palle B. Petterson

Edited: Jan 14, 2019, 3:24 pm

The Search for Order: 1877 – 1920, Robert H. Wiebe
Flash: The Life Story of a Firefly, Louise Dyer Harris
Johnny Crow’s Garden, L. Leslie Brooke – tattered enough to take it apart and save the best illustrations for framing.

Offering to daughter:

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Thumbelina, Susan Jeffers
The Naming, Margaret Greaves – wonderful endpapers, but the story is tepid.
The Adventures of Abdi, illustrated by Andrej and Olga Dugina – never interested in the story, but the art is very nice.
Learning to Swim, aka Yellow Duckling Learns to Swim, Jin Jin, illustrated by Lei Shisheng and Liang Yingxi
The Puddle, David McPhail
The Little Chick boardbook, Lisa McCue
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh

Jan 16, 2019, 4:42 pm

I’m not disposing of all religion books; I’m merely winnowing down choices to a manageable level.

The Prodigal and Others: A Series on Ruin and Redemption, Len G. Broughton
Beyond a Shadow, William Brugman
Experiencing Jesus, John Wijngaards
Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews, Paula Fredriksen
The Mind of Christ, T. W. Hunt
Discernment of Spirits, Jacques Guillet
A God in the House: poets talk about faith, editor Ilya Kaminsky

A civics text book from 1914, too raggedy to pass on. I will recycle the paper. However, I want to note that the owner appeared to dwell on enlistment. Scribbled repeatedly inside are the words “Ready for active service.” The Community and the Citizen, Arthur William Dunn

Jan 16, 2019, 8:30 pm

Wow. I'm impressed...

Jan 16, 2019, 10:42 pm

Men of Iron, Howard Pyle – a crappy little paperback copy.
An Arkful of Animals, illustrator Lynn Munsinger
Pepper & Salt, Howard Pyle – 1913 hardback, some rough shape.
Fables of Aesop – complete? 250 entries more or less. Very tattered. Front board is loose.
The Psychology of Childhood (1923), Naomi Norsworthy
Lorna Doone, R. D. Blackmore -1917 edition, small print.
Interpreting Twentieth-Century America: a reader, editor Richard Lowitt
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain - duplicate
The Gospel According to Jesus, Stephen Mitchell

Edited: Jan 18, 2019, 2:07 pm

Well, durn! This is one I didn’t want to dispose. But it is water damaged and pages are stuck together. So it goes into the recycling bin. Martha Stewart’s Gardening Month by Month

From the Engle/Pease collection (offered to daughters): Les Miserables (2 volume set)
An Elementary German Reader, Revised Edition

I think I’ll make a separate pile to try to sell in Cincinnati:

Charles and Mary Lamb’s Tales from Shakespeare, illustrator Frank Godwin
The Elson Readers, Book Eight
Picturesque America (1935) editor John Francis Kane
Dig Hole, Soft Mole, Carolyn Lesser

Edited: Jan 18, 2019, 7:53 pm

Not a particularly productive day. (working on random piles of papers and clearing the craft room) Just a few I found near the front door but hadn’t recorded for elimination:

Bonsai Culture and Care of Miniature Trees
Vegetable Gardening, Dixie Dean Trainer
A Guide to Coopers Rock State Forest, Judith S. Rodd
How to Let God Help You Through Hard Times
God’s Little Instruction Book for Graduates

For baby Theia:
A Treasury of Best Loved Rhymes, illustrated by Charles Robinson

Edited: Jan 22, 2019, 8:24 pm

able to squeeze a few off the shelves

Country Home The Comforts of Country, editor Molly Culbertson – duplicate
The New Natural Home Book, David Pearson
Color: Natural Palettes for Painted Rooms, Donald Kaufman
Chronicles of Black Protest, Bradford Chambers
Charlie’s Raven, Jean Craighead George
Stanley, Henry Bear’s Friend, David McPhail
Follow My Leader, Lucy Kincaid – the story is kinda lame and even the Eric Kincaid characters are a bit weird. But the endpapers are very nice – the inside of a woodworking workshop.

to grands for drawing practice:
Our Old Fashioned Country Diary for 1998

to daughter, for reference on her own house:
The Beautiful Necessity, Bruce Smith

Jan 22, 2019, 4:25 pm

I used to love Jean Craighead George's works (were "Jean George" when I read them), but I'm unfamiliar with that one.

Is that Follow My Leader the one about the boy who gets a guide dog?

Jan 22, 2019, 4:28 pm

No, it's a picture book about a family of bears and a raccoon. They really don't look much like bears, either. Kincaid indulged his wife (she wrote the text), and his publisher indulged him, I think.

Edited: Jan 22, 2019, 8:20 pm

>149 2wonderY: Your link to Follow My Leader goes to the book about the blind boy and not the picture book.

ETA: correct work id: 5186043

Jan 22, 2019, 8:25 pm

Thanks; fixed.

Edited: Jan 24, 2019, 3:47 pm

Noah and the Ark, Michael McCarthy, illustrated by Giuliano Ferd
The Mouse in the Manger, Gennaro L. Gentile – I collect Nativity stories. This one fails in so many ways. The art sucks too.
Usborne Bible Tales Jonah and the Whale, Heather Amery
The Pattern Library: Needlepoint, editor Amy Carroll
Needlework Alphabets and Designs, Blanche Cirker
Little Angels, MPQ Publications Limited – old photos and quotes gift book
Power Through Prayer, E. M. Bounds (2 copies)

offering to SIL:
3 years of Stanley Rule & Level Company’s Catalogue, 1867, 1870, 1879.

disassembled these tattered tomes and saved the best illustrations:
Animals We Love: book 1, Mirko Hanak
Mother Goose’s Complete Melodies (1892)
Man-Made Wonders: Castles, Jason Cooper

To church library:
The Words We Pray, Amy Welborn
Here. Now., also Welborn

Edited: Feb 1, 2019, 10:45 am

My January count totals 170 give or take. Now I just need to follow through with delivering the piles to their destinations. Which I have begun. Daughter is delighted with all picture books, and I left a few with her that are favorites of mine and not counted as discarded here. The library is always glad to see me coming with a box-full. I have three opportunities for squeezing a few dollars back for all the money I’ve spent over the decades. Each store specializes differently, so it’s a step process.

It’s a good start for the year.

Edited: Feb 6, 2019, 6:12 am

>158 2wonderY: Hi, Ruth! If you haven't yet found a home for it, I'd be interested in The Raccoon Lake Mystery.

Feb 6, 2019, 7:59 am

Absolutely yours. PM your address, and take a close look at the rest of my list. I'm so glad there are still appreciative readers like you.

Feb 9, 2019, 1:57 pm

(4) sacrament preparation manuals
Everyman’s Way of the Cross
Reader’s Digest/Bartholomew Illustrated Atlas of the World (1992)
Plain Tales from the Hills, Rudyard Kipling

Edited: Feb 9, 2019, 4:12 pm

>161 2wonderY: Hi, Ruth! Did you get my PM? And thanks re your response in >160 2wonderY:!

Also, could you tell me a bit more about the copy of Plain Tales from the Hills? Specifically, I'm trying to assemble a uniform edition of Kipling's works, opting for Doubleday volumes with this cover:

So if the one you are setting free has that cover and is still available, I'd be interested.

Feb 9, 2019, 5:05 pm

>161 2wonderY: I'm waiting in the queue behind Harry... :D

Feb 9, 2019, 7:39 pm

>162 harrygbutler: I did get your note. Your pile is established. My Plain Tales is a Doubleday, but it's a plain red cover, a Review of Reviews edition, whatever that means. Best luck on putting together a shelf with that cover. I myself have The Jungle Book in that binding, and it is handsome.

So, shall I move it to fuzzi's pile?

I must warn you that it takes a while for me to follow through to the Post Office.

Feb 9, 2019, 8:00 pm

>164 2wonderY: Thanks, Ruth! I'm in no rush, so no worries on that score. :-)

I've got a baker's dozen of volumes with that cover, and plenty of other editions that I bought before I decided to go for a more uniform look. Please do go ahead and move it over to fuzzi's pile. Thanks again!

Mar 24, 2019, 4:22 pm

The Great Fetish, L. Sprague de Camp
A Difficulty with Dwarves, Craig Shaw Gardner
The Hollow Hills, Mary Stewart (perhaps look for a nicer copy)
The Book of Merlyn, T. H. White (extra copy)
The Once and Future King, T. H. White (I have The Sword in the Stone in hardback; don’t remember reading the other three in this collection)

Mar 24, 2019, 8:44 pm

Turning to the narrow shelf on the other side of the hall ~
Some Tamora Pierce titles
First Test (extra copy)
Beka Cooper: Terrier – not a series I’ve much enjoyed.
Magic Steps
Shatterglass – I love the original Circle, these The Circle Opens less so.
Alvin JourneymanOrson Scott Card

Mar 26, 2019, 10:06 am

Did you recycle your Roger Zelazny yet?

I ask because he's hard to find.

Mar 26, 2019, 10:10 am

I might be able to rescue them at the local library today. I really should have dropped them off at the Little Free Library nearby, but I've nearly given up on that one.

Apr 1, 2019, 4:57 pm

March total - 36

>172 fuzzi: I was able to recover the Zelaznys. Starting a pile for you.

Apr 1, 2019, 9:34 pm

::happy dance::

Edited: Apr 11, 2019, 10:21 pm

May 6, 2019, 9:07 am

I forgot to check the April list on my home laptop. There may be more there, but I'm counting 26 for April.

I may revise that number.

May 6, 2019, 9:10 am

It was wet and cold this weekend (of course the sun came back out today).

I spent yesterday cataloging and refining my film collection. Brought 4 dvds to work today for giveaway.

The Love Letter
A Knight's Tale
about a boy
10,000 BC

May 6, 2019, 9:16 pm

It looks like I'm mostly up to date. Found one stray.

Children’s Treasury Stories from Anderson (ordered a WITW, and this was sent in error.)

Jun 2, 2019, 10:12 am

To Sir, With Love, VHS
The Trouble with Angels, Macomber

May total = (7)

Jun 2, 2019, 10:13 am


A couple of cute, but basically useless picture books:
Mary Engelbreit’s Autumn
Maison: French Country Style, Elizabeth Hilliard

Jun 18, 2019, 8:04 pm

Upgraded to HB, passing it on to daughter:
The Curse of Chalion

Hmmm. This is odd; I can let this garden book loose:
The Flower Family Album, Helen Field Fischer, (1941)

Jun 19, 2019, 5:57 pm

>183 2wonderY: that's a good one by Bujold!

Jun 20, 2019, 7:45 am

It is a modern classic, in my mind. And I'd like for daughters to read Bujold, but they haven't yet.

Jun 20, 2019, 1:05 pm

>185 2wonderY: my family doesn't read my recommendations, either.

Jun 20, 2019, 1:14 pm

It's not that. My kids and I share a lot of reading history. They were welcome to read anything at all on my shelves and I read lots of what they brought into the house too; if just to know what awful crap they were sampling (Anne Rice comes to mind - gag)

Older daughter married a man who shares our love of books, and he and I appreciate recommendations in both directions.

Daughters have been quite busy with little ones and Anne hies off to many other enthusiasms (huh. kinda like me!)

It's just been circumstantial that Bujold hasn't stuck yet. I know they'll love her when they try her.

Jun 22, 2019, 3:50 pm

I’ve got two sets of Anderson & Grimm fairy tales on the shelf. I will offer first choice to daughter. If she wants the boxed set illustrated by Arthur Szyk and Fritz Kredel, I will keep the other set. If she wants the ones illustrated by Dugald Stewart Walker and Arthur Rackham, I can count all 4 volumes discarded.

Edited: Jul 23, 2019, 4:05 pm

The Wind in the Willows, Children’s Treasury edition, illustrated by Lindsay Duff

Good grief! Do I ever have stacks of books I’ll never use again.

Christmas in America, Antonia Felix
The 100 Greatest Stars of All Time, Entertainment Weekly
Earth: A New Perspective, Nicholas Cheetham, 2007

Dover design books – perhaps use as Christmas gifts for granddaughter
Designs of the Ancient World
Exotic Floral Patterns In Color , E. A. Seguy
Art Nouveau Floral Designs, Eugene Grasset

And a large pile of embroidery books, though it’s been many years since I’ve done any. Oldest daughter, on the other hand, is currently doing embroidery…
The Golden Hands Complete Book of Embroidery – probably best just to save the few timeless pages. Most of this is awful 70’s tripe.
Botanical Embroidery, Annette Rich – some interesting 3 dimensional work.
Crewel Embroidery, Erica Wilson – whoosh! Who is going to do this kind of work anymore? Maybe bits and pieces.
Needlework to Wear, Erica Wilson – all out-dated.
Applique: projects, techniques, motifs, Gabi Tubbs – some fun gift items in here.
Better Homes and Gardens Embroidery, Gerald Knox, late 70’s, but has aged better.
The Needlework Garden, Jane Iles
Victorian Embroidery, Freda Parker

Now where is that English Smocking book?

Jun 22, 2019, 5:15 pm

Now if I didn't live on another continent...

Jun 22, 2019, 7:11 pm

What interests you? If daughter says No, I’d be glad to send them your way.

Edited: Jun 22, 2019, 8:12 pm

>189 2wonderY: Mostly, although I *want* them all, intellect tells me that it would be foolhardy to ask. However, I will beg piteously for Crewel Embroidery and be happy to give money towards the postage. I already own a book about Crewel Embroidery of Erica, and would be overjoyed to own another.

I'd also be grateful for the Victorian Embroidery. I've watched some of your discards with a mind to doing some of my own, but these make me want to drive to your house and get them (a pipe dream, since most of my driving nowadays is to the grocery store and back home).

Edited: Jun 23, 2019, 2:54 pm

Victorian Embroidery and The Needlework Garden are the two that hit my eye, but I can't find enough about them to confirm whether or not I would enjoy them.

On the other hand, I had a strong suspicion that you were right about Erica Wilson's Crewel Embroidery, and it and several others of that era have now made my discard list.

Jun 23, 2019, 3:18 pm

>193 MarthaJeanne: I think you'd enjoy the Victorian Embroidery. Reading the reviews on Amazon was what made me interested in the book.

(I hope you can see that; I never know what Amazon does or does not let through.)

The best review says:

"A superb collection of classic Victorian designs featuring:
-- beautiful color photography of the glorious embroidery in their original settings, all specially commissioned for the book
-- full color charts and trace-off patterns
-- detailed practical instructions for each project "

The Crewel book is the one that I personally find most interesting. I still do crewel embroidery, and I suspect it's a vanishing art. So it goes.

Edited: Jun 23, 2019, 4:52 pm

I have better books of crewel and I really prefer counted thread techniques. I also discarded The new Crewel along with several other embroidery books mostly from the 1980s.
( The Jacqui McDonald is still available, and if you don't have it, you probably want it.

Twenty years ago I bought a blue cape with a collar that went down into scarf pieces. For a long time I always had wool and a needle with me when I wore it. The result of train and tram trips and waiting rooms:

I had a lot of fun playing around with it. This was all done totally freehand. I may have taken ideas from the books, but I didn't trace patterns, just stitched away as my fancy led me on the day.

Yes, I might really like the Victorian book.

Jun 23, 2019, 5:21 pm

>195 MarthaJeanne: That's a really lovely piece. You did nice work there. Yes, I would probably like the Jacqui McDonald Crewel Book. It's one of the best things about being on LT, you know. Finding people with the same obscure interests is just a blessing.

Edited: Jun 25, 2019, 7:20 am

I still get a thrill from wearing it.

I searched and went through adding the whole series information.
I only have 2 and I'm looking at them thinking, 'I want. I want.' I have only added Whitework to my Amazon list. and Canvaswork. The others I know I wouldn't use. But I still want.

Sorry, Ruth. We are off topic.

STOP! Just noticed. The RSN has published all 8 in one volume for the price of 2.
The Royal School of Needlework Book of Embroidery

Jun 23, 2019, 7:05 pm

I'm enjoying.

>195 MarthaJeanne: That is particularly nice!

Edited: Jun 28, 2019, 7:46 pm

Moving further on that bottom shelf of textile arts, I have three quilt books. Now, my aunt willed me a whole suitcase full of small quilt pieces cut by my grandmother. Within that collection, there are cottons that I recall with love, as she made dresses for me and my sisters when we were little. If I do any piecing once I retire, it will rely on these tiny squares. So I have no use for the books. Daughter has ambitions here, and may like one or two of these. She actually produces regularly out of her sewing room.

BH&G American Patchwork & Quilting
Quilt Masterpieces
Warman’s Vintage Quilts

Found the smocking book. I did a little of this years ago, but lost interest.
English Smocking; the how to, Grace L. Knott

I have a large antique button collection, and a library that supports that. Whittling it down slightly.
The Book of Buttons, Joyce Whittemore

Of four books on hats, two can go today.
The Complete Book of Home Millinery, Wanda Summers Collins (1951)
The Hat: Trends and Traditions, Madeleine Ginsburg

Same with world costume, two of four.
Costume Through the Ages, intro by James Laver
5000 Years of Fashion, Mila Contini

Jun 29, 2019, 8:24 am

I knew there were a couple more button books that could go. Published early and with inferior illustrations.
Black Glass Buttons / Return Engagement of Black Glass Buttons, Edith Fuoss
Sketchbook of Little Carnival Glass Buttons, Jane O. Dinkins

Edited: Jun 29, 2019, 12:29 pm

Because I’ve been lazy this weekend, so I’m trying to move more books out.

On to the craft bookshelf ~

In Praise of Hands, Octavio Paz – a really nice world collection from the 70s.

Again offering these to daughter (our visual sensibilities are very similar)
Stencilling, Joanne Malone
The Stenciled House, Lyn Le Grice
Vintage Vavoom, Romantic Homes
Paper Craft

Jun 30, 2019, 11:06 am

I’ve had my four Norman Rockwell collections sitting out for consideration. Two are thicker compilations, and the other two are part of a Cresent Books set. I’ve decided I can live without
Norman Rockwell’s Portrait of America

Ranging from 25% to 50% here in some categories. Not bad.

Edited: Jun 30, 2019, 11:14 am

In other weekend news, I replaced the component in my favorite lamp that was making the bulb flicker and go out.

I jerry-rigged a temporary solution to my non-functioning through-the-roof attic fan. I had procrastinated replacing the motor when it failed earlier this season. (Because I've done it once before and recall it being a pain in the butt.) Now with the change in weather, the attic is just too damn hot to work in, and the second floor is getting stuffy too.
So I finally went to Lowes and found the motor, but also picked up a cheap box fan. I've wire mounted the box fan up in front of the ventilator installation and it is cooling things down.

Jun 30, 2019, 3:06 pm

I think I brought these two massive blocks home just because I figured no one else would want them ~
The Home Book of Verse (4” x 8.5” x 3.5”) (1912)
The New Century Dictionary (8.5” x 11” x 5”) (1927)

I pulled the obstructing chair out of the way in front of LR-1 bookshelf and working on the bottom shelf.

Jun 30, 2019, 8:20 pm

Time-Life Doors and Windows

Architecture shelf

Ceramic Houses, Nader Khalili
Victorious Victorians, Peg B. Sinclair
An Outline of World Architecture, Michael Raeburn
The Golden Age of Victorian Architecture – this is a sample brochure offered by an architectural firm in Massachusetts.
(and probably a couple more after I actually read them)

Edward S. Curtis: Portraits from North American Indian Life – oversized and unbound book. Daughter framed the best female portraits.

Next shelf up, some gardening books

Arbors and Trellises, Warren Schultz – one of those attractive B&N discount books with little intrinsic value.
Window Gardening, editor Henry T. Williams 1976 printing of a book originally published in 1871; original print style and plenteous engravings.
A Little Book of Climbing Plants, Alfred C. Hottes (1933) part of a series
The Gardener’s Bug Book, Cynthia Westcott (1946) about a dozen artists’ rendering color plates.
Garden Magic, Roy E. Biles – collected magazine articles from 1935 – 1961
Tree Injuries, H. L. Edlin (1956) – really awful photos.

Edited: Jul 3, 2019, 9:56 am

I count June = 53.

326 for the first half of the year.

I am beginning to notice an improvement, though there are still lots of floor piles. But I'm backfilling the open shelf space. And I'm appreciating my collections.

I do have nice books.

Edited: Jul 7, 2019, 7:06 pm

>206 2wonderY: nice job!!!

Ruthie loved the little books that you gave to me that I brought to her. She isn't reading but loved the pictures of Ratty and Otter and Mole!

Jul 7, 2019, 9:41 pm

The Maggie Downer illustrations? Yay!

Jul 23, 2019, 12:47 pm

Well, Robie Books is not taking books this season, and Avena seemed irritated. She said she had to sell some books before having room to buy more. I take it business is not going swimmingly. So, in the interests of keeping a good bookstore open, I bought a half-dozen. Five antique books and a Calvin and Hobbs.

So I trucked the boxes over to the Half-Price Book Store in Lexington. They made me an insultingly low offer, so I boxed them up again to donate to the local library sale. Those ladies are always glad to see me.

Jul 23, 2019, 12:48 pm

Jul 23, 2019, 12:52 pm

Okay, of the needlework books at >189 2wonderY:, daughter has chosen a couple. Does anyone want the other titles?

Jul 23, 2019, 12:58 pm

I'd like the Victorian Embroidery, please.

I'll PM you the address.

Jul 29, 2019, 5:39 pm

I'd like the last two, the Kellogg and Kipling, if they are looking for a good home.

Edited: Jul 29, 2019, 9:17 pm

>215 fuzzi: I can give you Kipling, but Kellogg is gone.

I stopped at my local second-hand bookstore today to find an empty shell of a building. BUT, there was a tiny sign giving a new address.
They have more spacious quarters, and were willing to take most of my children's titles. (But they are very particular about condition of the books!)

Very glad to find Kipling a loving home.

Jul 30, 2019, 7:14 am

>216 2wonderY: I appreciate every rehome you offer!

Glad your bookstore is not gone, just moved. Our only used bookstore here in town moved a couple years ago due to the incredible volume of books, audio, visual, and VINYL the young businessman had accrued.

He still has paperbacks for $1, hardcover for $2, and a few special items a little higher...and .50 credit for donations. I rarely pay anything when I go.

Aug 1, 2019, 1:15 pm

>212 MarthaJeanne: Mailed today. I'm interested how long it takes to get to you.

>215 fuzzi: Still working on your package. I found the PBs I'd set aside for your husband. They were in my car in case we'd gotten together on your last trip through.

I dropped off another pile to the local library for their November sale. The head librarian always manages to catch my eye and give me a smile, no matter where she's working in the building. (it's a small place.) As I was stacking books, I glanced at other tomes, especially of the tattered variety and one caused me to lust in my heart. Boldly, I asked the librarian if I could buy it today. She waved my offer aside and gave me the book.


It's a 'right living' title, and the introduction alone is amazing.

Inside, as a bookmark, was an old advertisement card:

Blot your troubles away by bringing the women folks to eat at the
more often. Anything from a 5c Sandwich to the largest Steak, served any hour, day or night
Try one of the Leader's Jumbo Hamburger Sandwiches -10c. Toasted Sandwiches of all kinds.
A good Oyster Stew - 15c. Plate Lunch - choice of meats, two side dishes, bread and butter, coffee,
tea or milk - 50c. Eat your Sunday Dinner at THE LEADER.

You are invited to the LEADER RESTAURANT'S 31st BIRTHDAY, FEBRUARY 25th, 1939.


On the back is a rubber-stamped message: "For your convenience Day or Night. The Leader has installed a private Telephone Booth for Local and Long Distance calls."

Marietta is local to me. No, the Leader Restaurant is no longer in business.

Aug 1, 2019, 1:53 pm

>218 2wonderY: I lust after your book, and think you should take a photograph of the bookmark as well. I love books that are older than me, and this one looks as though it qualifies. It's really beautiful (although the "X" in front of Wife is vaguely puzzling).

Aug 1, 2019, 2:24 pm

It's all a deep dark symbology, eh.

Copyright 1882.

Edited: Aug 2, 2019, 7:33 am

>218 2wonderY: what a lovely cover, and I second the request to see the bookmark.

Ooh, lookie!

Aug 4, 2019, 5:05 pm

A grand total for July = 6

Aug 4, 2019, 5:07 pm


Alternating between yard work and moving stuff around inside this weekend.

Not making much progress. Almost every book I pick up is interesting.

Speculations: an introduction to literature through fantasy and science fiction, Thomas E. Sanders
Miss Lulu Bett, Zona Gale

Aug 8, 2019, 2:49 pm

>218 2wonderY: Arrived today. Thank you.

Aug 9, 2019, 8:46 am

Aug 30, 2019, 6:02 pm

The books arrived, thank you thank you thank you thank you!

Aug 31, 2019, 7:33 am

I’m awfully slow... but eventually I get it done.

Sep 2, 2019, 9:29 pm

Confessions of an English Opium Eater, Thomas de Quincey – an interesting title to have on one’s shelf, but not really one I’ve ever had the impulse to read.
Everyone’s Guide to Home Composting, Robyn Bem
Aesop’s Fables, Charles Santore
A Child’s History of England, Charles Dickens
A Pilgrim Who Made Progress, William Deal
Mystery at St. Martin’s, Judith St. George
House Wiring 1912 thru 1937 printings, Thomas W. Poppe – this is not interesting enough, even historically. I’ve already removed all my knob & tube wiring.
Audels Welding Guide, Frank D. Graham
Audels Plumbers and Steam Fitters Guide volumes 1, 2, 3 - again, I have all the updated guides I need. These are pretty with gilt edges all the way around.
Practical Biology, W. M. Smallwood

Sep 2, 2019, 9:31 pm

German language Bible, Luther’s translation. Published in Philadelphia 1847, Mentz und Kovoudt
Inscription: George Jacob Yeager, Philadelphia, Sepember (sp) 11 – 1848
Nasty People, Jay Carter
The House that Jack Built, illustrated by Randolph Caldecott
Three Stories from The Poppy Seed Cakes, Margery Clark – too tattered. Saving the Petersham color plates.
Buckle My Shoe Book, Walter Crane

August total= 33

Sep 20, 2019, 12:20 pm

This might be the only September discard, as I'm busy with other things.

Memory - I've replaced it with a hardcover.

Sep 28, 2019, 9:50 am

We've finally got a rainy day - Hurrah! It's been way too long. I might sort some books.

One so far

The Private World of Tasha Tudor

Oct 29, 2019, 10:40 am

October appears to be a bust on this front for me. In fact, I just ordered a few new items.

I had donated a small cheap chest of drawers to daughter's household when her youngest needed one. Last week, I found it empty and not wanted any longer, so I took it back and put it in my front hall, where it serves as surrogate desk and tidy collector of numerous random items. I gave it a coat of raspberry paint to jazz it up, too.

I had substituted a small IKEA bookshelf in that space below the hall mirror, and had to relocate that to a bedroom. That shelf mostly holds my collection of picture books, and I tried to weed, with no success. Though I did take most of my Beatrix Potter books to other daughter's house for the baby. Hmmm. I forgot to count those. There were at least a dozen, I'd say.

Oct 29, 2019, 9:23 pm

>235 2wonderY: love "...serves as surrogate desk and tidy collector of numerous random items..." !!!

Nov 10, 2019, 7:49 am

I am managing to sort through piles of papers and random collections of stuff. Does anyone need a discarded snakeskin?

I'm adding one of the books I just bought to the discard pile. I am enamored with books that portray action over time by standing in one spot and recording what happens. I've got a list going on this thread in the Picture Books group. So I was curious enough to buy The Great Green Mouse Disaster. I will review it elsewhere, but it's a fail and a discard.

Nov 10, 2019, 8:24 am

>237 2wonderY: "Does anyone need a discarded snakeskin?" Nope. I already have one I don't need any more.

Edited: Nov 11, 2019, 7:42 pm

It's been a strange weekend for me.
Started out with a sore throat, which usually moves into a long term drainage/cough. I think I successfully short-circuited that, though I'm congested at the moment.
The weather forecast calls for freezing temperatures, yet it was 70 F today and I spent the day working in the yard.

I realized that I completely missed the annual Trinity Church book sale last week. That has NEVER happened before. I used to get in line Monday mornings for the first crush, and even last year, visited several evenings and bought a box or two of books.


Cleared a shelf in the corner:

Sleeping Beauty, illustrated by K. Y. Craft
Aunt Pitty Patty’s Piggy, Jim Aylesworth
Doctor Rabbit, Jan Wahl
Pandora, William Mayne
The Rise of the Cities: 1820 – 1920, Christopher Collier
The Complete Cow, Sarah Rath
A Social History of the American Alligator, Vaughn L. Glasgow

Nov 11, 2019, 10:13 pm

Missed a book sale???? Horrors! 😁

Nov 12, 2019, 9:03 pm

Country Home New Country Style - the binding has failed on this one, so I took it completely apart, saved a few favorite pages and recycled the rest.

Nov 13, 2019, 11:22 am

Good work!

Nov 20, 2019, 7:52 am

That small bookcase tucked away behind other furniture is nearly empty. I'd like to pass it on to daughter, but I need to remove what is on the top surface first - lots of pottery.

Daughter in the meanwhile, has used her birthday money for wood to build a wall of shelves in her living room. It's designed to hold baby books ( a sizable collection already) as well as TOYS!

Edited: Nov 20, 2019, 9:29 am

Make sure she attaches it well to the wall. I have a memory of my sisters and me trying to climb the book/toy case in our playroom and tipping the whole thing over. I need to ask my mother how that ended. I think we all jumped clear.

Nov 20, 2019, 8:41 am

This is true - and Theia does love to climb.

Oldest granddaughter did that once on a freestanding kitchen cabinet. Oy! The rumble and crash!

Nov 20, 2019, 11:05 am

>243 2wonderY: consider the size/weight on the shelves with the ability of the wall to handle it, even with braces. My dh has wall to wall shelves in his man cave, and the shelves are bowing. It makes me wonder if it's putting too much stress on the wall.

Nov 20, 2019, 11:07 am

Oh no worries. The wall is concrete block. The SIL is a housing contractor and carpenter. He knows what he's doing.

Dec 12, 2019, 9:15 am

I stayed home from work yesterday with the beginnings of a sore throat. Happily, it resolved and I felt ambitious. I'm still trying to clear one dining room bookcase in order to move it out. There are few books left on it, though some are now piled near my chair in the living room.

It was the pottery I had to re-locate. In order to do that, I sorted, dusted and cleaned the built-in china cupboard. On the top shelf, I found a set of dishes that were my Nana's wedding set. At least that's what my aunt told me when she was selling them at a yard sale after Nana died. (We'd always lived several states away and spent no more than a yearly week visiting.) Of course, I bought them - no family discount; my aunt had a tight fist. But these pretty plates kinda languished, as we always used another fancy set from my husband's family when we did dress-up dinners. Well, it's been years since family gatherings were at my house, so I took pictures and sent them to my daughters. They were both excited to have them offered. Surprised, as younger daughter has never seemed at all interested. I was even able to pass on some festive tablecloths to her as well! She's a young mother now, and I sense her likes are changing. Cloth napkins are also in the offing.

There was a box full of other tchotchkes I could live without, and took them to work today. Almost everything was scooped up by co-workers. Yay!

On a trip to the attic, I unearthed a bin of Christmas lights and those will also go to daughter with the Victorian house this season.
I used to decorate big time. Now I only put a few things out and bring some stuff to office.

Disposed of one book.
The Book of Giant Stories - an extra. Great illustrations.

Dec 12, 2019, 2:35 pm

>248 2wonderY: now I know a new word for knick-knacks..."tchotchkes". 😁

Edited: Dec 20, 2019, 10:18 am

Jan 5, 2020, 4:36 pm

So, not sure I've counted them correctly, but good enough for horseshoes - Total for 2019 was something like 435.

January and June were the best months, but the government furlough last year gets much of the credit.

Jan 5, 2020, 4:57 pm

Going back to the documents I've been recording on my laptop, I count

178 in 2017

424 in 2018.
Again, January (and February) were excellent months for the task.

Hmm. Not so much so far in 2020.