Dear Reader

Random musings on reading and books from a librarian in training.

Thursday, March 27, 2008


Browsing through my Google Reader, I stumbled on “Bookshelf Etiquette” on Paper Cuts. Jennifer Schuessler discusses a recent column that claimed: “It is unacceptable to display any book in a public space of your home if you have not read it.”

Judging from the number of comments this generated, this is a touchy subject. My current lack of bookshelves makes this moot for me, but WOW I’m torn. I tend to hoard books. When I had bookshelves, I felt like all those unread books were silently judging me. I also felt guilty that it's possible I would never read all the books I bought and that I had spent money on books merely to have them languish. Now, I have a few stacks of books out and the rest in boxes. It's a temporary solution.


Time magazine has an interesting profile on Rita Mae Brown. She’s perhaps best known for her ground breaking work, Ruby Fruit Jungle. Published in 1973, Ruby Fruit Jungle is a lesbian, coming of age story. I’ve heard of Rita Mae Brown, but didn’t realize she’s a prolific murder mystery novelist and also apparently a big cat fan.

(I thought this t-shirt on Amazon was hilarious. I can’t imagine there’s too many authors with t-shirts like this!),8599,1723482,00.html

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