And more to go in 2022 - Ruth’s list

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And more to go in 2022 - Ruth’s list

Edited: Jan 2, 2022, 8:32 am

Haha! Starting with
It’s All Too Much - nothing inspiring.

Jan 3, 2022, 8:37 am

Good job! I only have one discard so far for 2022.

Jan 4, 2022, 11:46 am

I will never get done. Of a stack of four books, I can only discard one -
Illustrious Life of William McKinley

The other three are thick, but fascinating.

Edited: Jan 4, 2022, 12:02 pm

That's the problem. Even with books that you haven't read in 20 years, and probably won't in another 20.


Edited: Jan 4, 2022, 8:34 pm

Bottle Houses
Sister Carrie

Such a pretty binding. I’m considering what to do with The Child Builder.

Feb 2, 2022, 5:30 am

Feb 6, 2022, 1:33 pm

Interesting, but probably never rising to the top of the pile:

The Power and the Glory
The Danger Signal

Edited: Feb 26, 2022, 4:58 pm

I’ve been acquiring more books. And the floors in front of the shelves are beginning to see piles. And I’m still not done in WV.
So I’m re-packing shelves, double shelving where possible.

Found just a few small items I can live without.

Kanga and Baby Roo Come to the Forest
Pooh Goes Visiting and Pooh and Piglet Nearly Catch a Woozle
Vatican Treasures

Oh, and the paperback Tinker and Wolf Who Rules, as I found them in hardback.

Mar 10, 2022, 3:30 pm

I know, I know…
But how could I pass this up for a mere $2?

Mar 11, 2022, 8:34 am

>12 2wonderY: gorgeous.

Mar 23, 2022, 5:07 pm

February - 12


Hide and Seek

Mar 26, 2022, 2:36 pm

VHS tape of Jesus According to Luke - I find I have this on dvd.

Edited: Mar 31, 2022, 9:37 am

Time-Life Human Behavior series
The family
The Role of the Brain - from 1975, possibly a bit out of date.

Mar 30, 2022, 7:20 am

>16 2wonderY: if Connections is going into the discard bin, I'd be interested.

I loved the series.

Mar 30, 2022, 8:48 am

If I can find it in this mess.

The Light That Failed - I’ve got it ordered on audio.

Mar 30, 2022, 9:33 am

>19 2wonderY: I love Kipling, never read that one.

Mar 30, 2022, 1:22 pm

>20 fuzzi: I’ve started it multiple times and never got more than a third of the way through. It’s set in England which might have something to do with it.

Apr 16, 2022, 9:46 am

May 9, 2022, 5:39 pm

The Arts and Crafts Companion - gave to daughter.

May 16, 2022, 9:12 pm

May 17, 2022, 12:26 pm

>26 2wonderY: did you like it?

May 17, 2022, 12:29 pm

>27 fuzzi: Not nearly as much as I thought I should. In this case, at least, his reporting was much less fascinating than other sources. And you know it’s a subject I’ve read a lot of.

Jun 7, 2022, 8:48 am

>29 2wonderY: I read that as Collectible Dogs...made me paws. ;)

Jun 7, 2022, 8:49 am

Edited: Jun 8, 2022, 1:05 pm

Great Ages of Man: Byzantium
Official Guide to the Smithsonian - terrible timing for this to surface. My grandchildren are there right now today.
Home Companion: Collections - it’s a pretty book, but I’ve already done all that.
Spring Wild Flowers - offering this to daughter, as she has spent this spring exploring her woods. This was published 1958 and is line drawings, but she may value it.

Edited: Jun 8, 2022, 8:42 pm

75 Remarkable Fruits for your Garden - gifting to younger daughter, as that’s what she’s doing nowadays.

Cameras in Narnia

Eyewitness Handbooks: Bird’s Eggs - truly worldwide survey and pretty useless for the casual observer.

Jun 9, 2022, 2:47 pm

Anna’s Garden Songs - not sure which daughter will get this. It’s poems about growing vegetables; which is what Rose and Theia are doing this year. But the reason I own it is the wonderful illustrations, and Anne would love them too.

Jun 9, 2022, 2:56 pm

Anna for Anne?

Jun 9, 2022, 3:06 pm

Right. But still…

Edited: Jun 10, 2022, 11:00 am

I must have been so garden hungry when I paid $46 for this one. It doesn’t attract me much at all anymore.
Contemplative Gardens
I do like Julie Moir Messervy’s other books. The best photo in this one is three bridesmaids in pink in Central Park.

Yikes! I paid full price (or possibly with employee discount) for
A Journey of the Imagination
I do appreciate this artist, but in smaller doses, such as greeting cards. Gotta figure which grandchild will like it best.

Edited: Jun 10, 2022, 1:35 pm

I loved this when I read it a long long time ago. I remember being very much spiritually affected. But I’m not going to read it again and I abandoned the audio too recently.
The Book of the Dun Cow

New Decorator - I think I picked this up on the free shelf at the library. Returning it.

Jun 11, 2022, 12:55 pm

Since I’m shifting a few books in the living room, I got on my knees and did some rearranging of the books in the cases below the front windows. Seems they’d been stuffed in there with only a modicum of order. I can eliminate a few.

Great Kitchen Ideas
Decorating with China and Glass
The Comforts of Country - there are a few pictures I love, but it’s not worth keeping the whole book.

Possibly more later.

Jun 16, 2022, 7:33 pm

Acknowledging that I will never use these reference/idea books:

Modern Mosaic
The Practical Potter

I will also discard one of the Black & Decker Complete Guide to Ceramic Tile, but I haven’t decided which edition to keep. I expect I will have bath surround work to manage at some point.

Jun 21, 2022, 6:10 pm

Victorian House Style - I do really like the last page, a photo of a conservatory to die for.

Jun 22, 2022, 7:01 am

The Faeries of Spring Cottage - The Frouds pioneered fantasy puppetry. Love the look of the dolls, but I’ve never gotten through the story by Windling. Will pass it on to whichever daughter wants it.

Jun 22, 2022, 9:22 am

If you like puppets, try

Edited: Jun 22, 2022, 10:21 pm

America’s Doll House - This style of dollhouse no longer attracts me. But the grands just came back from a visit to the Smithsonian, so one or more of them might like this book.

Le Voyage de Monsieur Perrichon - this is from the Engel-Pease collection, but I can’t see anyone valuing it.

Katharine Lauderdale - main character seems kinda creepy at first meeting.

Jun 22, 2022, 12:21 pm

>44 2wonderY: wow. Just wow.

I found a short video tour of the house:

Jun 27, 2022, 3:04 pm

A Boy and His Tank - pretty dang awful.

Edited: Jun 29, 2022, 10:21 am

One Hundred & One Famous Poems
The Atlantic Monthly, April, May and June, 1924 (bound)
Wrought Iron - from the 1940s Pittsburgh foundrys. Will offer it to welder daughter first.
An Old Sweetheart of Mine - nicely illustrated and decorated 1902 version. Worth $8 to $10.
Tchaikovsky 1840-1893

Jun 29, 2022, 10:49 am

The End of Poverty - although I might agree with his conclusions and advice, this is more a governmental policy book. Not much I can do about it.

Edited: Jun 30, 2022, 11:58 pm

All for Love: Historical Romance Novellas of Love and Laughter - I will check another of Kristi Ann Hunter’s book to see whether she continues the friendly and smart servants theme.
Gaudy’s Ladies - finally had to admit it’s an awfully boring book.

June - 34

Jul 1, 2022, 3:15 pm

So far this year - 85


A Few Buttons Missing - probably bought because it references buttons. Instead he talks about “social sanitation” applied to psychopathic criminals.

Jul 3, 2022, 8:43 pm

Film The Boy in the Striped Pajamas - picked this up at the Friends of the Library and finally watched it. No surprises. Luscious photography. Notable quietly rounding up of the Jews, which emphasizes the willful blindness of the everyday German. I don’t need to keep it.

Jul 5, 2022, 4:02 pm

I’m grabbing handfuls of books lying about at the cabin to determine what to do with them.

Art Past Art Present
On Assignment: Projects in Photojournalism
Prove It! Church
Mysteries of the Bible
Design & Details

Edited: Jul 5, 2022, 8:09 pm

The Tree in the Wood - giving to T.

Roman Society and Roman Law in the New Testament - remarkably dry and pedantic.

Edited: Jul 7, 2022, 1:46 pm

More from the cabin

Beautiful Bible Stories
Journeys with Elijah - the paintings by Jerry Pinkney are almost worth saving it, but not quite.
100 of the World’s Most Beautiful Paintings
Four Little Blossoms on Apple Tree Island - Twaddles?
Kipling: A Selection of his stories and poems volume 2
Jungle Tales of Tarzan
Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way
Very Rare Glassware of the Depression Years - beautiful examples. Daughter will love it as she regularly hunts for pieces in the thrift stores.

Edited: Jul 7, 2022, 2:42 pm

The Outhouse Revisited - a bit too twee.
Weddings Southern Style - I must have picked this up just after my daughter’s wedding, while I was still in a fever about them. You’d think the photos would be classical, but they do date from the early 1990s and ugh. Though there are portraits from a hundred years earlier that are sweet.

Jul 8, 2022, 8:11 am

A Historical Atlas of the Jewish People the revised edition by Denis Charbit - wonderful illustrated book. I’m proud of myself that I can let it go. I will donate it to the college library.

Jul 13, 2022, 8:31 pm

I have a full sized bookcase at the cabin that I built to separate bathroom and bedroom. It’s got all sorts of miscellaneous books that I’ve acquired and never looked at. And then there are piles by the bed and in the living room.

Losing America - very out of date.
One Monday Morning - kinda stupid.
Malcolm Hillier’s Color Garden - I am ruled by color, but I can’t appreciated his system.
Garden Ornament - beautiful photos, but not my league.

Jul 14, 2022, 9:25 am

I’ve been distributing discards to various locations, depending on their content, condition, etc. I met the Berea College library director and we exchanged contact information. He has a couple of pet projects he distributes books to. He is helping a woman’s shelter establish a small library and they need YA books. He is also planning a community library out in the county where he lives. The public library is a half hour drive for these rural families, and they just don’t bother mostly.

The college library is no longer taking DVDs, as the student laptops no longer have the capability to play them. They have DVD players for students to borrow when a film is assigned for classes. An odd conflict of technology and copyrights, as professors can no longer post links for the films. My teacher hosted Zoom movie nights instead.

The book items I thought students might like - mostly duplicate Kurt Vonnegut titles, I placed on a free to anyone shelf in the entryway. And my hand automatically reached for a tattered book entitled 40 Acres and No Mule. It’s a memoir of a couple who bought Kentucky ridgetop property in the early 1950s.😀

Jul 14, 2022, 2:10 pm

>58 2wonderY: if you want to rehome the 40 Acres and No Mule once you're done, I'd be interested...

Edited: Jul 14, 2022, 8:43 pm

>59 fuzzi: I think it’s in the permanent collection.

I found a stack of picture books I had bought several years ago for T. Perfect timing, her birthday is this month.
Look and Find in the Forest
The House of Seven Colors
The Princess Knight
The Wind in the Willows adaptation, illustrated by Joanne Moss

Long Live Earth
The Pleasures of Reading in an Age of Distractions - I kept getting distracted. I fault the book.
The Legacy of Heorot - written primarily by the third author. Niven and Pournelle are never this boring.

Edited: Jul 19, 2022, 7:44 pm

The Country of the Pointed Firs - a masterpiece, loved by some of my favorite authors. But I found it tedious.
Greetings from Kentucky - I think the college library would like this local history.
Under Two Flags - unaccountably dense and dull.
St. Elmo - same.
Old Testament Stories
A Hero and Other Stories


Jul 21, 2022, 9:42 pm

Edited: Jul 31, 2022, 2:17 pm

I’m looking around the West Virginia house and it is time to empty it.

I will be adding to this message as I go through the piles at hand.

Why We Behave Like Human Beings - a 1925 summary of general physiology and psychology known at that time. The author immediately notes how fast new discoveries are happening and how quickly the book will be outdated.
The Miracle Planet
The Community
Basic Masonry
Ideas for Great Wall Systems
Bookshelves and Cabinets Sunset

Aug 1, 2022, 5:53 am

Kitchen design and planning book goes to Rose.

July - 59

That’s not enough. I’ve packed four boxes of books to keep, and there is no room at the new house. I did manage to clear the Living room floor of all book piles though.

Aug 1, 2022, 5:15 pm

I can’t let this one go, with this first sentence:

It is established beyond doubt that Mr. Butler was drunk at the time.

The Snare

Aug 1, 2022, 5:35 pm

Edited: Aug 10, 2022, 6:18 pm

My listings here may slow down as I read some of what’s in the piles now in various drifts on the living room floor. I knew I would reach this point bringing the rest of the collection from WV.

The Bad Popes
The Story of Creation
The House in the Wood, illustrations by Leslie Brooke
The Illustrated World’s Religions

Edited: Aug 10, 2022, 9:29 pm

LIFE: Photography Exposed
Teaching Will - this was an LT early reviewer book from 2015. It’s not worth reading, I think.
Too Much of a Good Thing - though I agree with the author, I no longer have a need to read or keep.

Edited: Aug 10, 2022, 10:15 pm

Carnival Culture: The Trashing of Taste in America - published in 1992, I expect the author would have a stroke watching today’s media.
Families Valued - same criticism of this 1996 book.

Masterpieces of Drama - a beautiful Franklin Library book.
Fun Facts for Fishermen - a little junk gift book.
The Grey King - I’ve read one of the series and didn’t appreciate it. Small print too.


Sep 2, 2022, 10:11 am

August - 41

Starting September, I found another copy of
Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam, this one illustrated by Edmund Dulac. I thought it might have value, but it seems there are many many copies out there.

Sep 2, 2022, 6:01 pm

Three books received in the mail today, she admitted quietly.
An LT Early Reviewer
A grass identification aide
A book about Danish Resistance in WW2.

Sep 21, 2022, 1:48 am

Sep 23, 2022, 9:56 am

The WV house will likely be broken into this winter. The back door has already been tried.
And if not by humans, the birds are scraping holes in the siding around the windows and gables to make warm nesting spots. They are already through to the attic.

So I need to accelerate my clean out. I’m going to Pittsburgh tomorrow, so this can’t be a big haul trip.
But I’m boxing the last living room collection from on top of the fireplace mantel. It’s specialized history books. Immigrants, women, slaves and labor history. I may house these at the ridgetop until I can read them again.

Oct 3, 2022, 4:00 am

September - 2


The Amazing Sacrament

Oct 10, 2022, 8:58 am

Okay. Daughter says she is finally feeling at home in her new house. She had also asked me for the contents of the bookcase in the upstairs hall in the WV house. I’m there now. Time to clear the decks.
I’ve packed the left side of the long, short case (made by me to custom fit in that space). Got 57 books into the first box. I will not list them separately. They are my entire collection of paperbacks written by Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein as well as two Spider Robinson titles. The rest of Spider’s collection is already in Berea.

I’m temporarily holding back the 10 hardcover Asimov books from that shelf. I may dip into them this winter myself.

The other side of the case holds youth titles, some Newberrys. I hope to find a box to contain those today.

Oct 10, 2022, 9:35 am

Shoot! I texted Rose about the books before realizing that today is her birthday.
This is possibly the first year I’ve not been included in both daughters’ days. (Anne's was Saturday.) Their spouses planned small trips for them.
I’ve spent the weekend trying not to feel lonely. It helped that Anne called Saturday and gushed for an hour about how much she loves and appreciates me. And Rose is coming to Berea on Friday.

Oct 10, 2022, 11:16 am

Oct 10, 2022, 12:04 pm

>84 fuzzi: Thank you.

I’ve got half a box of tattered books in front of me. One has a very pretty cover, but is missing the first 36 pages. Glancing through it, it’s not a particularly fine story. Mrs. Southworth wrote a lot of trash. I will use the cover on a cigar box instead.

And will also discard another of hers:
The Missing Bride
Love’s Bitterest Cup

Let’s see if I can dispose of a few more….

Oct 10, 2022, 12:24 pm

Isn’t this delightful?

Oct 10, 2022, 2:15 pm

>86 2wonderY: is there a printing date on that one?

Oct 10, 2022, 2:33 pm

Oct 10, 2022, 2:41 pm

>88 2wonderY: wow! Love stuff like that.

Oct 11, 2022, 6:19 pm

I hadn’t added these to my catalog, and only one member has them here. So I’ll just show a picture:

The Story of the Bible, volumes 1 - 4 (1940, with upwards of 1200 illustrations in color and monotone) told by Living Writers of Authority

I guess I don’t need them, though they are lovely.

Edited: Nov 13, 2022, 6:34 pm

I neglected to count the second box of books that Rose took with her. So I’m going to estimate 120 for October.

Now it gets hard and painful.

The beautiful old books that don’t fit my shelves and are unlikely to get read.

These are provisional discards at the moment. I will decide for sure by the end of the month.
Plain Tales From the Hills
The Jungle Book - duplicate
Captains Courageous - duplicate
Mary Cary
Heidi’s Children
The Story of Roland
My Book House: From the Tower Window
The Bible Story Book for Boys and Girls
Democracy in America Volume 1
Democracy in America Volume 2
The 1928 editions of Book Trails
Volume 4 On the Highroad to Adventure
Volume 5 To Turret Tops
Volume 6 At the Crossroads
Volume 7 Winding Westward
Volume 8 Of Trail Blazers


Nov 13, 2022, 6:32 pm

I have another short stack I’m browsing; and still another box of childrens titles that need shelved upstairs.

I’ve also been winnowing boxes of other stuff; some papers and some fabrics. I’ve got a trash bag-sized pile to go to Goodwill tomorrow, and half a grocery bag of paper to recycle. I’ve been able to eliminate several boxes of stuff cluttering the upstairs bedroom.
I’m still searching for the plastic tub holding threads and needles. I have a button to sew on. Last I knew, it was in my bedroom. It got swept away somewhere in the last clean up.
I did re-discover the Rubbermaid bin under my bed holding Christmas gifts. I won’t forget that again.
Casually re-organizing the shelves in the basement as I go. That will become a main project this winter.
Also discarding a dvd
Three Jesus Films

Nov 15, 2022, 10:25 am

>91 2wonderY: I'm resisting requesting some of those...

Nov 18, 2022, 8:25 am

I might be persuaded to make a box for you. But you’d have to swing by and pick it up in person next year. I have almost a full set of My Book House here to be added.

Edited: Nov 18, 2022, 8:30 am

I’m looking at the last case of books here in wV. It’s still half full of religious books not yet transported.

Two ill considered fictional biographies acquired because I had enjoyed the authors elsewhere:
John’s Story: The Last Witness
Paul: a novel

Nov 20, 2022, 12:53 pm

>94 2wonderY: if we go next year I'd be happy to meet at a place convenient for both of us.

One of these years I'd like to stop at Ashford Stud in Versailles, KY to see Maximum Security, but the farm has made it difficult to visit. I'm not driving out of my way unless there's a good chance to see him.

Dec 5, 2022, 12:43 pm

November -18

A few more My Bookhouse volumes
1963 editions
Flying Sails volume 8
The Treasure Chest volume 9
and a 1920 edition of
The Treasure Chest, which is black cloth and twice as thick as the later version. Volume 4 of 6.

Edited: Dec 6, 2022, 8:35 am

>97 2wonderY: my dad had the 1928 (?) set with red covers. They disappeared over the years, but about 10 years ago I found a set online. Mine. :)

Dec 6, 2022, 8:42 am

We had a set of My Bookhouse when I was growing up. Black I think. I'm guessing probably from the thirties. I spent quite a bit of time in that bookhouse.

Edited: Dec 6, 2022, 11:55 am

I do like them, but I will choose Book Trails over them any day. It’s what I grew up with and I managed to acquire a full set for my kids; though they just aren’t as special to the younger generations who have so much other stuff to choose.
Book Trails does a better job moving through age appropriate materials and their illustrations are color saturated. Not to forget the handsome embossed red covers too.

Dec 18, 2022, 11:29 am

A few going as gifts that haven’t been listed before:
The Tool Book
A Very Modest Cottage
The Victorian Garden Album

There’s another stack of picture books for Theia. I’ll sort those later.

Dec 28, 2022, 10:59 am

Last bookshelf in WV to be sorted. There might still be a box or a pile to sort, but we will start here.

Doings of Kriss Kringle
The Fingerprint of God - other writers do this theme much better
Adam, Eve, and the Serpent - I’ve read Pagels with interest, but not much respect. She has an agenda.
Get Real: Making core Christian beliefs relevant to teenagers - not likely to use this again. Besides I think I did a better job of this on my own.
The Science of God - keeping the hardcover, passing on the paperback.

Dec 28, 2022, 11:32 am

The Book of J - Old Testament literary analysis. Bloom supposes that J is an educated female in Solomon’s court, not writing the stories down for a theological purpose. Significant only while I keep and read (despite the obnoxiously small print) Discovering Eve.

Dec 28, 2022, 12:15 pm

do you believe in magic? - interesting, but only in a personal sense. Possibly a good reference checking in on the generation in 1987. Bittersweet is the correct word.
Ancient Israel: Religious Institutions - scholarly but dry. I’ll take Margaret Barker.
Why be Catholic? - a primer that lacks the genius of Rohr’s typical writing.
On Heaven and Earth

Jan 3, 12:56 pm

December - 20

The formal total for the year, including October’s guess, is 345. But I’m sure there were 5 books that went to T, so 350 for the year of 2022.

Not bad; could be better.

Jan 3, 1:40 pm

>107 2wonderY: nice job!