Booklist for 5/31/06
Sarah and Joan had finished scraping and painting the front bedroom upstairs, which we planned to use as a playroom/library. Tom put together the bookcases we bought from IKEA, and moved the rest of the bookcases from the hallway downstairs to the upstairs landing. Sarah, David, Jacy and I then carried up armload after armload of books - all up twenty-two stairs. Then we alphabetized by author and shelved the books, about 3500 in all. It took us two days, working 8 hours each day, but we finished before the guests arrived on Friday afternoon. Of course, I could hardly walk for the next two days and consumed much aspirin, but I'm so glad to have it done. Now we know where the books are! We can find a title! No more going to bookstores to buy a book I know we have, but can't find! AND we culled eight book boxes full of books that were either duplicates or ones I am certain we won't read again. Those we donated to Kim for the middle school's library because they are in desperate need of books.
As we shelved, we all started little stacks of books for personal reading. Hopefully, they'll all make it to the proper shelves after they're read. Marley made a very ambitious stack that I raided. I commend her for her taste and her appetite for good books, but I don't think she can get through all of them this summer. I reminded her that if they were on the shelf they'd be easier for her to find.
My stack for now consists of these:
Courageous Christianity by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
The War Against Boys by Christina Hoff Sommers
Ginger Pye by Eleanor Estes
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
Sackett's Land by Louis L'Amour
Our Covenant Heritage by Edwin Nisbet Moore
A Charlotte Mason Companion by Karen Andreola
I'd like to be reading more fiction, so I think as I finish the non-fiction I'll add more novels to the stack.