I’m watching a documentary named Stone Reader, and its fascinating. So much so, it has stirred memories of all the books I own, and especially the first book I ever read, kept, and still own to this day
They also talk about one time book writers, which is what the movie is about. A book by an author that is never heard of again. No one knows the whereabouts of this author, incluing whether or not he is alive. They also talk about Margaret Michell, Salinger, and other famous one time published authors. He reviews his collection of novels, and the types of books he loves. The other fascinating part is when he discusses books with his longtime friends and family. His mother describes how he was never without book at his side, no matter where they were.
This all reminds me of how I’ve accumulated all the books I still own. All the books I’ve given to people, reading books recommended by friends, and best of all; having a conversation about a book I recomended to a friend.
Truman Capote with Breakfast at Tiffany’s AND In Cold Blood, Harper Lee, and Emily Bronte are all famous after publishing only one book. I once found a copy of Crime & Punishment in a hospital gift shop for 50 cents. It was required reading for my AP English class in high school. I never read it. We were also required to read Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice, which I almost threw away at the time because I was sick of reading about girls getting married. “A sixteen year-old in East L.A. needs to think about other, more important things,” I thought to myself as I threw the book at a wall, screaming because I couldn’t finish the book.
I try to keep every book I’ve read over the years, but it has been difficult to do while moving every few years. Luckily, I am an expert packer by now and plan to never leave my books behind. I do, however, toy with the idea of donating all the books I own to a local library one day.
We’ll see how it goes…