Monday, June 11, 2007

... tidy books.

Excerpt from Margery Allingham's More Work for the Undertaker.

"The rest was books, not one of them dusty and dog-eared. They filled the walls and side tables and the tops of cabinets, overflowing into heaps in corners and on chairs.
Yet it was the tidiest living-room in Charlie Luke's wide experience."

Now that would be a book-lover's paradise. I can't seem to keep my books in sterling condition, they insist on yellowing at the exposed top. And dusty, too.

6 comments:

you know who la said...

especially if you lend them to someone who insists on bringing them to the toilet :D

nel said...

Most of mine are reference and knowledge books, and they do get outdated anyway. Not all but most, so I don't really keep them that well, I mean not in the finest condition like you mention. The problem is space and finding a way to database them when a person have a large collection, where they can find them when needed. I don't borrow people books because I don't really mix with people with that much interest in books. So, no problem there ... heh, heh ... cheers for the day ... :)

sharkgila said...

haha, ya you toilet-reader you.

nel: agree with you. space is a problem, the more bookshelves you get the more the books seem to multiply. I frequently rearrange my books according to whim and fancy, so I roughly know where to find what, but sometimes they like to move by themselves. :p

nel said...

lol ... move by themself ... sound like harry porter. i can just imagine that ... hah, hah ... cheers again ... :)

mudslinger said...

hey shark, i just read all your posts. i love books too. i envy you for having the time to read lots of books in a year. i'm still trying to aim over 20 this year. *sigh*

and it's so true about books in good condition. how do they keep books looking nice and and dust-free at the bookstores?

keep on reading!

sharkgila said...

thanks mudslinger!

I've always wanted to read more, but having a normal KL working schedule won't get you that. Now i've made some changes to my working schedule and I can squeeze in some extra time for reading. I'm thankful for getting to do this.

20 books a year is great actually. Keep on reading too!


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