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The Intentional Library

If I started my book collection from scratch, what books would I keep or get?


I have too many books while a friend of mine is creating her personal library, from scratch.


The idea of the books I own being intentional choices has made me look at my stacks and shelves differently. Some of the books on my shelves were given to me, some are from little free library, purchased, borrowed, read long ago never to be read again.


The truth is, what books do I want to keep? I have a readers bounty but as I downsize, I circle back to the many shelves and stacks of books. Then I wonder, what books do I NOT have that I wish I did?


My first take on a what will be a long list is a bit surprising.


  1. Sarum by Edward Rutherford – It is one of only a few books that I re-read every few years but I have it as an ebook. I will need to buy a copy.

  2. Asilo Shadows by Tom Geddie – This is a chapbook of poems I got in the 70s in East Texas. It is still my hands down favorite.

  3. Watership Down by Richard Adams – It is time to go tharn and read it again.

  4. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein – One of the first scifi books I grokked.

  5. The Hair Carpet Weavers by Andreas Eschbach – This is a recent find in a series of unique book covers from Penguin Classics. The story is a brilliant, devastating and a frightening testament as to how far two men can damage whole worlds.


What 5 books would be first on your list to always have on your shelf?


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