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- Language: English
- ASIN: B00K6JO15A
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- Average Customer Review: 78 customer reviews
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I Murdered My Library (Kindle Single) Kindle Edition
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Books do certainly define a person’s identity. Like Grant, anyone who steps through my front door asks that question, “have you read all these books?!” They offer comfort and reassurance and, if you are a serious reader, you cannot help pass a bookshop without going in – it is an addiction. Like Grant I have recently also ‘murdered’ my library – ridding myself of hundreds of books. Anything which can be brought on kindle was ruthlessly recycled and now – although I still have a lot of books by most people’s standards – I do have a lot less. So I empathised completely with Grant’s feelings of desperation to rid herself of these books and yet her guilt over doing so. This is an entertaining read, full of humour and warmth.Read more ›
I think I'd feel more charitable if, through her experience she felt able to share some pearls of wisdom for those of us facing the same dilemma, but she doesn't. She muses on her situation, throws in a few anecdotes and suddenly it's all over - so suddenly in fact, that I didn't realise I'd finished it until I turned the next page and found myself here being asked to review it. Ultimately it reminds me of a well written women's magazine article where the writer calls out "isn't it awwwful?" and we all chorus back "oooh, I knoooowww".
The telling comment is that she's so disturbed by the whole process and outcome that she can't get back to writing, so she's writing this instead. I suspect her publisher phoned her with a deadline reminder of sudden curative effect, but it would have been a more satisfying read if she'd stayed with it long enough to have added even one helpful insight to a dilemma faced by many of us.
I too have this dread, moving from a house where several rooms are entirely booklined to something more suitable for my approaching sans tooth and everything decline. But, if I can't have a duplex penthouse, then I will have a bungalow in the country, just large enough for me. But, in the garden there will be a large portacabin with all my treasures in it.
The author, having lived in the same place for many years, decided to move house and as she was moving somewhere smaller she had to reduce her personal library to something like sensible proportions. A difficult and heart breaking task for any book lover and something I have done several times in my life. It does feel like murder as, to a book lover, all books have associations and the author shares some of hers with the reader.
If you're interested in finding out how other bookworms feel and think about their books then read this. You will find you have much in common with the author and you may also pick up some good recommendations for books you might want to read. At least with e-book readers space ceases to be a physical problem and anyone can happily keep a library of many thousands of volumes.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An interesting read. Last year, I had to go through my books and decide which ones should go. It was hard, but unlike the writer I found it very enjoyable. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mimi
This book was fantastic. I love a house with shelves of books but having recently sold my home my husband said that we did it by minimilising including hiding books. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
Not the best Linda Grant book I've read. Best summarised by those who have gone before me!Published 11 months ago by Toffeebabe
A short but engaging treatment of the inevitable challenge facing most book-lovers in time: clearing out those crowded shelves of bulky books. Is Kindle the answer?Published 18 months ago by RJ
So true to my experience as I face my final purging of the shelves before moving across the country. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mr. C. Charnock
It was okay. Read it to the end. I have to say it was a good piece of descriptive writing.Published 19 months ago by Jakub Czekalski