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I love books: e-readers that allow the same rich words along with instant dictionary functions, old books with dust on the covers, new books bought at midnight in the company of other groggy bibliophiles; somehow I still find myself with enjoyable, gently used books I simply don't need but can't bear to toss. For all those on the same page, if you will, let me take you through a journey of taking a load off your bookshelves.
For you crafty types there's a whole new selection of trinkets waiting for you: with some creativity, old books make lovely lampshades, shelves, and wreaths. If you're looking for a classy wardrobe piece, hard covers can be made into purses and pages into necklaces. I love the irony of the Kindle book cover and iPod case made with old books as well.
If you can't bear to cut up your precious tomes, why not give them away? Different organizations help bibliophiles give to other readers, including prisoners, soldiers, and children abroad. Your local library, Salvation Army or homeless shelter would probably love to find your slightly worn books a home.
When I was younger I loved to have "adventures". We hunted all over our property for fossils, spotted strange beasts in the woods, and played aliens with the neighbors. In between excursions, we buried our noses in E. Nesbit and The Chronicles of Narnia. A good read is still an adventure in itself, but tales and travels this side of the hard cover, bookcrossing.com lets intrepid readers leave and re-discover books all over the world. Back home, why not load up on some more novels and join Paper Back Swap? The online "book club" lets you swap books with thousands of other readers via the internet. The best part--all you pay is postage.
Whatever creations you make or new worlds you discover, happy last days of summer.
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