I agree, but...407 books? That's it? That's about one bookcase's worth of books here. And my collection is miniscule next to the Crider or George Kelley collections.
She's an amateur. I like the idea that she likes print over digital, but with just 407 books, and they have to be stored? So her new apartment doesn't even have room for a baker's rack? Why would she move there?
This is the kind of crap kids have to listen to when they talk to adults. God this writer makes books sound boring and the books she mentions reflect not a whit of personal taste. What's worse is that most of the ebooks she's purchased (unless they were on sale) were from major publishers and as expensive as their physical counterparts. 407 books? I sold that many to the used store the week before I left for college. I think she may have enjoyed boxing and cataloging them more than reading these books.
I hate to pile on, but she sounds so precious and humble-braggy--as if she's decided to "actually" love paper books because so many of her peer group doesn't. And that number of 407 is so...well, specific. When we started culling our collection, I must have given at least 300 books to a co-worker who was converting her spare room to a library, and I probably donated close to that amount to the Friends of the Library.
As I'm picking up the 1000 books that fell in the terrible Shelving Collapse, I had the same tactile experience as Alexis describes. And, like her, I found a bunch of books I never knew I had!
"...five shelves of paperbacks and hardcovers, each filled several rows deep and bookended by, well, more books arranged in tall stacks... — 407 total, as it turned out..."Hell, I have more books than that in my TBR mountain.
After I retired (in 2012), we culled ours and gave over 1400 books to a local literacy program (it funds many of its programs by running a used bookstore)...that only left us with a couple of thousand (we have never counted), probably well over 3000 now...
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