“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero
Obviously, I agree 100%. I also think that a house should have a room just for books if at all possible, and am so grateful that now we do. I have to admit, though, there is still a lot of work to be done. A lot of the books remain in boxes. There do not seem to be enough shelves for all of them. Worst of all, there are books that I know we own, but which I cannot find for the life of me.
So I have decided to make it a priority to get this room in order and make it easy to find every single book. To that end I spent several hours last night unpacking and shelving, organizing and culling.
The funny thing, though, is that I know that even when the library is completely functional, I will still end up with stacks of books everywhere else in the house. They will be piled next to my bed, on a chair in the kitchen, on top of my sewing desk, etc. And I really do not care. Books make the house look happy. Or maybe they just make me happy.
Either way, I am so blessed to live in a time when it is easy to possess large numbers of books so that my house can be full of soul.