My big project over the past month has been culling my book collection, labeling what's left with braille labels, and
converting a closet into my personal library http://www.ehow.com/how_4843763_closet-bookshelf.html
or, as I have dubbed it, the Closet of Mysteries.
(For an even tinier library, check out this traditional British red phone box converted into a town lending libraryhttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/england/somerset/8385313.stm
and a second examplehttp://www.ragandbone.com/blog/?p=1980
I culled approximately nine boxes- and crates-worth of books, which GotBooks.com just picked up and took away. GotBooks.com http://www.gotbooks.com
is a great resource if one is downsizing one's library, and the man who took away the books was extremely polite and efficient. The request pickup form is even accessible.
Also, yesterday I gave LJ user herooftheage a chance to show off a bithttp://herooftheage.livejournal.com/386035.html
when I asked for his help in getting the boxes down the two flights from the attic to the ground floor. There were four or five significantly-sized boxes and, after he made only two trips, I asked, "Did you just bring down two boxes at once?" to which he replied, "No, I brought down three," to which I can only contemplate how pleasant it is to share a domicile with someone that strong.
Lastly, I think there should be a t-shirt featuring the bibliophibian mentioned in the following comic (description courtesy of LJ alexx_kay):
Wondermark, by David Malki!
Panel 1: A man and a woman in 19th century garb, in a library.
M: SO MANY BOOKS! I thought we were trying to CUT DOWN the amount of STUFF in our lives?
M: There must be a THOUSAND books here.
W: I've pared down the collection to the esentials.
M: How many of them do you ever actually READ?
M: Why not donate them to the library? That way they'll still be there whenever you want them --
W: They're not really for me.
W: Look, WE love to read because we grew up in homes filled to bursting with weird and wonderful books.
W: I'm keeping these books not because of how often I read them all, but so, on rainy days and lonely nights, our children can discover them for themselves.
M: By the time we ever have children, we will be DROWNING in a SEA of books, gasping for breath in a little air pocket near the ceiling.
F: Then they will be bibliophibians.