In May, I shared the news that I’ll soon be moving to Ireland to start a graduate program. This will be a big change for me in many ways, and it starts with a task I am all too familiar with: packing.
Given the detailed logistics (and the high price) of a trans-Atlantic move, I’m selling my furniture, putting most of my non-essential belongings in storage, and bringing only what I truly need. Unfortunately for me, this means that most of my beloved books will be staying behind.
(I know. I KNOW!)
Currently, I live in a small, but big-enough one-bedroom apartment. And, being the resolute bookworm that I am, I have four different bookshelves, all filled with a variety of books. Sadly, I have to limit myself to one small box of books to take with me, which means I’m facing the daunting and heartbreaking task of figuring out which books will get left behind.
I know some people might laugh at my melodramatic take on something relatively simple, but to me, it’s not simple. Take, for example, my Harry Potter books. I own the original U.S. hardcovers – all seven of them – and my fellow HP fans know that books four through seven are not slim volumes at all. True, I don’t necessarily read (or re-read) Harry Potter all the time, but I have loved the comfort of knowing I could pick any one of those books off the shelf and start reading, at any time, whenever I felt like it. Leaving these books behind will mean giving up that comfort.
Lest you think I’m completely incapable of the task before me, I have managed to fill three boxes of books to donate to my local library. But I’m still faced with agonizing choices: my paperback copies of Jane Austen novels, or my signed, hardcover edition of Susan Cain’s Quiet? Favorite books I’ve read several times over, or books I’ve purchased, but haven’t yet read? Practical writing style guides (helpful for a graduate program) or purely for pleasure fiction novels?
Any choice is a hard one, and I have a feeling I’ll be packing and unpacking up until my final days. I’m fairly certain I’ve definitely decided on all of my Gayle Forman novels and my Sarah MacLean mass market paperbacks (which, added bonus, take up less space and weight). Other than that, I’m still a bundle of indecision as my life gets reduced to cardboard boxes and I figure out which books I actually cannot live without.
Side notes: (1) I’ll obviously have less free time to read, what with being in school and all, but I’m the kind of person that needs to have all sorts of books around, whether I have time to read them or not. And (2) I do still have my Kindle, which holds a great deal of books, for which I am grateful.
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