The very 1st thing I sorted were the books. It seemed the easiest place to start.
On a practical level, I know that [just about] everything I want to read must now be available for download to my Kindle, but it was still hard to say goodbye to books I'd had for decades.
Happily, a few have since been adopted by friends. A few hundred more are on their way to a charity and hopefully, a new good home.
Here are some I'm keeping [for now].
TinTin, and Asterix and Obelix.
I don't know what they're like in French but whoever translated Asterix and Obelix into English should get some Cleverness Award.
This might not be familiar to anyone living outside of Australia and New Zealand but they are the. best. comics. evah!
Footrot Flats reminds me of my brother because I first read it while staying at his place in the late 70s.
Does Major remind you of anyone?
A Night In The Hard Life Of A PigDog.
"What do you mean, it's time to get down?"
"Why can't I sleep on the bed like a normal dog?"
*it's not fair*grumble*
*grumble* are you sure you don't want me sleeping with you tonight?*grumble*ARE YOU SURE?*
"OK then. Could you cover my head at least? It's hard to sleep with the light on."
Obviously, not all pigdogs are as scary as Major.
These were my favourite childhood books. Corfu was my first dream destination. I wanted to see Mr Durrell's strawberry-pink and daffodil-yellow houses so badly, and to wander the hills and grub around the dirt with him. Sadly, I have yet to set foot on the island.
The Lord of the Rings.
This set was a present from Sister 1, possibly from the late 60s or early 70s. I can't count the number of times I've huddled over them [and The Hobbit]. Mostly when I was unhappy with the real world which, as a teenager, was quite frequent. Of course I fell deeply in love with Aragorn, who I assure you, looks nothing like Viggo Mortensen.
Dr Suess, Maurice Sendak and miscellaneous books with biG lEtteRs and nice drawings.
I swear to you, the book below fell open at this page when I was looking for something to shoot.
I like messages from the cosmos.
Do you have a favourite Suess? This one's mine.Most of these *ahem* children's books, I bought as a grown up, which goes to show you what a book snob I am.
I might have mentioned before that I still have the Where The Wild Things Are that Sister 1 gave me when I was a teenager. Someone will have to pry that from my cold dead fingers one day.
Some Very Old Books.
These belonged to my father, or to my sisters or brother. My mother wasn't much of a reader. I'm guessing some of them are from the 50s or even before that.
Although these books don't hold any special memories for me, I'm still finding it hard to give them up because...
And finally, proof that I must have been chirpy once. Maybe even someone's ray of sunshine.
A very, very long time ago.
You can hardly call this a book cupboard any more! But that's okay. Until my memory fails me completely, the stories will be in my head.
Do YOU have any favourite books you could never give up?