This weeks Essay in the NY Times Book Review struck a chord with me, in it the author talks about his youth when he would go to a yearly church book sale and stock up on cheap paperbacks to get him though the year.
This is exactly what I do every year with a local charity book sale sponsored by our local daily newspaper. Each year I go and pick up a bag full of books to help limp my reading habit though the year on budget, but there are always extras. This year I picked up the entire Foundation series to go along with a number of other gems that I have sitting in my to be read pile. Apparently I am not alone, the author also had many, many, extras. So many extras that he is still reading his selections thirty years on
As the author looks back at his youthful self I see my future self in his words, I foresee the day that I too will be forced to institute "the First Law of Literary Thermodynamics, otherwise known as the conservation of libraries. No book can come into our household without another book leaving it."
I dread that day, I better get reading.