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  1. Shirley Hershey Showalter
    Shirley Hershey Showalter July 19, 2013 at 8:02 pm | | Reply

    If you are still feeling bad about leaving your books behind, Linda, let me offer you this. These treasures spent years with you so that you could become who you are today. You no longer hold them on your shelves, you hold them in your heart, a place where they are safe always.

    Blessings as you move into this time of change, and growth, in your life.

  2. Joyce Spurgin
    Joyce Spurgin July 20, 2013 at 7:34 am | | Reply

    Oh, Linda, how I identify with you! I have downsized twice and I still have way too many books for my tiny little duplex. Unless I have some compelling reason not to, I try to buy all new books on Kindle. I try to utilize the library as much as possible. And I now find myself utilizing the virtual library as much as the paper library. I still have some of my childhood books and a few of my daughter’s childhood books. Then I have shelves and shelves of all kinds of books, some yet to be read. There are books in every closet and in every room.

  3. Lesley-Anne Murray
    Lesley-Anne Murray July 21, 2013 at 2:57 am | | Reply

    Linda, I feel your pain! I felt anxiety as I imagined making those decisions….like Sophie’s Choice! I think it’s so hard because when we fall in love with a book we’re not just changed by it, we’re injected into it and so become entwined with the words themselves. Good luck!

  4. Christine Grote
    Christine Grote July 22, 2013 at 6:28 am | | Reply

    Boy do I feel for you Linda. We are truly soul sisters on this. After recently having dealt with my parents’ possessions, the bookshelves of books here haunt me some. I’m trying not to buy any more paper books and strictly read digital ones. I love the fact that I should be able to keep my digital library (via the iCloud) with me forever.

    I’m starting to try to get rid of a book or two here or there.

    You can also try finding practical uses for your books – stack them into small end tables. 😉

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