You see, I have become the enemy. I own a Kindle and as hard as it was to do this (I do still believe in the printed page) I went ahead and purchased my ereader simply because I just don't have space for all my lovely books. Each year I'd try to purge my collection and donate them to my local library. But over the years those purging sessions became few and far between. So I found myself putting up shelves, buying bookcases and just plain stashing them where ever I found an open spot: closet, bathroom, nightstand, under the nightstand, in the nightstand, you get the picture.
I'm sure there has to be a few Dodo birds out there like me who feel the same heartache regarding books. So I have an alternative to share with you. Instead of feeling guilty of buying a book or two (or three) and not having space for it, I can buy new and use books from a fabulous bookstore and when I'm finished I can sell it back to them. An honest to goodness brick and mortar store that takes up a whole city block located in beautiful Portland, Oregon. But, Sharon, it's in...Portland. Are you expecting me to fly there every time I need a book, I hear you saying. Well, no my darlings. All can be done through the mail. Yes, the mail. We haven't done away with that...just yet.
So when the guilty pleasure of an actual book (or books) calls out to you, stop by Powell's Bookstore and buy one. (You can check out what's on my bookshelf here). Read to your hearts content and then sell it back or not. No harm, no foul. Yes, I love the convenience of digitally downloading a book whenever and wherever I want, but I still believe in the loveliness of books. Don't you?
Keep a book or two on your shelves, you'll feel better.