miao library: new acquisitions

I have made some progress reforming my book-buying habits since February. Over the last couple months, I consciously resisted buying books on a whim and/or buying books that looked interesting but may or may not be worthy of inclusion in the Miao Library’s permanent collection. For those books, I really ought to go to the library and if they prove to be incredibly wonderful, I can hunt for my own used copy later. In any case, I still ended up with a significant stack. Not as tall as Sprocket, though. Last time, it was taller than Chun.

not as tall as Sprocket
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I added to my Terry Pratchett and Shakespeare collections. And also poetry, because I don’t think poetry is really the thing to borrow from the library. It’s hard to work your way through the complete works of so-and-so in two weeks, and then it’s gone.

I also got a few books for my Miaolings’ collection. Irresistible kitten books, including the rest of Little Bo’s series and Skippyjon Jones, who would make a great pal for Sprocket.
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I set up another half-bookcase in my room to help alleviate shelving issues. It is already full. Buried somewhere in the Miao Garage is a second folding bookcase that can be stacked on top, but excavating it will be quite a feat. I haven’t seen it in years. Perhaps it is broken.

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43 Responses to miao library: new acquisitions

  1. Dianda says:

    I saw Sweeney Todd and Howls Moving Castle! I didn’t know Howls moving castle was a book!
    And beautiful pictures. 🙂

  2. orientallily001 says:

    The peep has lots of books too. More of an accumulation rather than a collection, though. She says you can never have too many books.

  3. Books, books, glorious books! I’m so glad to see you’ve added the other Little Bo books to your collection. (Little Bo in London comes out this fall!!!)

    • littlemiao says:

      yay! I was wondering if there would be more in the Little Bo series. I also got the Legend of the Golden Snail. The illustrations are so gorgeous and detailed, I couldn’t resist it.

  4. nadbugs says:

    Hey lm, coincidence city — I just finished re-re-reading WILL IN THE WORLD, by Stephen Greenblatt. It is so awesome, I gave it to my mother, who was really annoying on the subject of “Shakespeare didn’t exist he was really Oxford.” I have never, ever been able to change her mind on ANYthing (other than the Cirque du Soleil) — but when she read this book, her mind it changed. Worlds collided! Check it out. LOVE that you read Shakespeare. Greenblatt’s particularly fascinating on Hamlet — what an insight into religious wars and how terribly appalling they were. Chilling. Made me glad to be here and it takes a lot to do that!

  5. Thank heavens for used book stores is all I have to say on the matter of reading addiction (which hubby and I are BOTH victims of). Can’t have too many books OR too many bookshelves to put them on. I know it’s a lot easier to download/upload on the various “devices” but the feel of a book – the smell of a brand NEW book – all of that is part of the magic for us. Sprocket and Chun look wonderful “guarding” the new acquisitions in the Miao household!!

    Pam (and of course Sam)

  6. Lauri says:

    Hooray for books and libraries and cats and more books!

  7. I will never say no to a book, but the storage issue really has me thinking twice about buying them now. I have just two bookcases of my own, and the shelves are already sagging from all the books on them. I could stop buying academic texts, which tend to be heavy anyway, but those are harder to get from the library. Paperbacks are a good solution, but have you noticed it’s getting harder to find the smaller, cheaper editions? Science fiction and fantasy continue to come out in the pocket book sizes, thank the goddess, but lately I’m seeing more “premium softcover” editions which take up a lot more room and cost more. :p

    I’v noticed that more people have Kindles and other electronic e-readers, but I won’t get them until they become dirt cheap. Chun looks raffishly good-looking in that blue beret, btw.

    • Oldcat says:

      If you don’t want the ‘cell phone’ version, a Kindle now is about 80 dollars. And if you just get old books and classics the books are either free or like thirty for a dollar.

      • littlemiao says:

        I just don’t know… I’m not particularly traditional or technologically challenged or anything, but I crave the feel of a book in my hands, and I like arranging and showing off my books on bookcases.

        I have kindle for PC on my computer and I’ve downloaded a few free classics, mostly for reference. It’s nice to have word search.

        • I have Kindle on my PC also, but I dislike being on my computer all day. A book is actually my break from the internet and the tech world, which sometimes depresses me. All speed, no substance.

          The Kindle would be great for traveling, but one thing I find disturbing about e-Books is that they’re really aren’t yours. Amazon and iTunes have the right to yank the items you purchase from them out of your device. Amazon did that with copies of George Orwell’s “1984” after a dispute with the author’s estate. They can’t do that with my paper copy. I’d slap them across the face with the book if they tried!

          • Someday I’ll get a post written about the books on my Kindle andwhy I love that device – it realy is different to have the kindle itself instead of using the app on a computer, and I LOVE it. But oh! The feel and sight and colours and looks and arranging of real, proper books – that can’t be beat!

    • littlemiao says:

      as for editions, trade paperbacks do seem to be more popular. I have an aesthetic issue with mass markets though. As convenient as they are to hold and read, they just don’t look pretty on my shelves. And the bindings always get creased.

      • Lurkertype says:

        I’m so annoyed by trade paperbacks. They seem to combine the worst features of both: they’re big and expensive like hardbacks, but they still have the cheap glue binding and squishy covers of mass market.

  8. Wazeau says:

    My basement is so full that I can only thank goodness I’ve got my kindle now 🙂

  9. Sprocket makes an interesting measuring stick? MOL and books are the spice of life we believe!

  10. Lurkertype says:

    Great books and handsome kitties!

    Can’t wait to hear what you think of “Temping Fate”.

  11. Two of my interests: Books and cats. And you have them both. 😀

  12. Mr. Guilt says:

    “Sprocket Sized Stack”…if he’s Beso sized, that is quite the library. My daughter loves Skippyjon Jones. She has all his books, and a plush. The one thing I don’t get is, if you are a cat, why would you even think to pretend your are a dog?

    My coalition won’t sit still enough to be read to (if they did, it would be a perk). They are, good, at listening to secrets while brushing teeth.

    • littlemiao says:

      I’ve never met a kitty who wanted to be a dog. Until Skippyjon Jones. Sprockers and I will have to check out the others in the series. I bet the plushes are super cute!

      Reading to them during nap time seems to work well. Or just after a big meal.

      • Mr. Guilt says:

        I had kinda hoped it could be reading practice for my daughter. At the library, they actually have dogs they bring in for kids to read to. My daughter did that as soon as she could read.

        While she hasn’t really read to the cats, she does talk to them. My wife related how she gave the typical answers to the post-school questions (“how was your day” “fine”…). Eddy decided to supervise teeth-brushing that evening, and got to hear all about her day (“I played with this girl at recess, and we had this speaker…”).

  13. trishc1812 says:

    I am a sucker for the discount tables at Books a Million and Barnes & Noble. I can always find a half dozen hard back books for a lot less than a new release….usually, though, the big/known author’s don’t make the discount tables, so I spend a bunch of money on unknown authors. As a household we own wayyyy too many books. But, it is a *curse* we deal with happily. 🙂

  14. leendadll says:

    I purged a couple hundred books a few years back. I realized there was no point in keeping them when I needed the space for other things, and I NEVER re-read books. Now I’m a fan of the used book store. They give barely any credit compared to what they charge – but it keeps the books on their shelves instead of mine.

    Cute photos!!

    • littlemiao says:

      I often re-read books but there are plenty I buy that I have no interest in re-reading. I’m in the process of giving away my father’s huge mass market paper back collection. He doesn’t mind.

      • leendadll says:

        my “pointless hording” downfall is albums and cassettes. I still have every single one that I ever purchased or rec’d or somehow ended up in my house. Including an album I want to return to the original owner who I recently learned is a big-wig at Capitol Records.

  15. It looks like Sprocket measures up to your acquisitions. 😉
    Have fun with Witches Abroad!

  16. robpixaday says:

    YAY for books…!
    Wrangling them isn’t easy, but sooooo worth it!

  17. I have a tote bag which read “Cats. Books. Life is good.” and indeed it is! Love the photo of chun!

  18. amelie says:

    Yay! Your Cat is such a good book. You’ll love it and your cats will benefit so much. I am jealous of that stack and your cute kitty who poses so well. Our cats would snort and jump down in disgust. 😉

    Normally I’m uptight about storage, but the books actually look cool stacked on the trunk. I know the Kindle is popular. But I say, no Kindle. Books forever!

    • littlemiao says:

      Thank you for the book recommendation. I haven’t delved into it much yet but what I’ve seen looks very useful. I expect I’ll be taking copious notes and hopefully it will spur me in the direction of making my kitties their own homemade kitty food.

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