He piles 'em high

Posted February 21, 2018

He piles 'em high

I could grow to hate books. A strange thing for a writer to say but hear me out. 


Most of the time I love them. Of course I do. It’s only during the weekly house clean that love turns to hate. Books are heavy, especially the gargantuan tomes bought by my husband. Constantly lifting them off the floor, so that I can run a hoover over the carpet, is a pain. Literally. 


There are numerous stacks of his books dotted around our house, like miniature stone cairns. They form part of his ever amassing collection of non fiction - weirdness, trivia, obscure history and psychobabble - that has outgrown our shelves. 


All are hard back which adds to their combined weight … and my ill temper. Ever heard of Kindle, I ask him. He has, but he says you can’t crack open a Kindle and smell the fresh scent of print. I wobble (briefly) because I know exactly what he means. 


Admittedly we both get through a lot of books. Yet I don’t feel compelled to hang on to each and every one. My husband, on the other hand, finds it difficult to let go. I’ve tried introducing a one in, one out rule. It hasn’t worked. 


Why don’t you pick the ones you really want to keep and give the rest to charity, I suggest. You’d think, by the horrified look on his face, I’m asking him to choose which pet Labrador to save and which to shoot.


There is one positive I can take from all this. The average hard back book weighs at least one pound. Fourteen hard back books equate to a stone in weight. So my weekly lifting and moving is as good as a dumbbell workout.




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