I don’t own many things, but I do have a few books on my bookshelf. The books I own serve a purpose; by that I mean that I have either already read them and intend to read them again or have never read the books and intend to read them soon. I know that there are some people who don’t own any physical books and just read off e-readers or tablets, but I prefer books. Call me old-fashioned, but I just enjoy having a real book in my hand and some pages to turn, especially when I’m reading a novel. Among the books I own, you’ll find some French, English and Spanish dictionaries, Le Petit Robert des noms propres 2013, Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom which hope to read shortly, some reference books I use for my Canadian History classes like A Brief History of Canada by Roger Riendeau and some books that I’ve read and intend to read again because I enjoyed them so much like La symphonie pastrorale by André Gide, Le Curé de Tours by Balzac or The Hobbit.
At any rate, three or four years ago, I was getting rid of some books. Some were on this small bookshelf that I have, some forgotten in other places. I got rid of a lot of books and my plan was to only have books stored on two shelves of my bookshelf. However, after I decluttered, there didn’t end up being enough books on one of the two shelves, so all the books on that shelf were slanted. I didn’t own a bookend, so I used my collection of The Chronicles of Narnia that I hadn’t touched in 7 or 8 years and was about to get rid of and to help fill some space on this shelf and support all the other books so they could stand straight.
Until a few months ago, C.S. Lewis’ wonderful books were still being used to hold up all my other books on this shelf like a bookend. In a way, The Chronicles of Narnia were quite useless to me because I had no intention of reading them again. In fact, I think I stopped reading the series when I got to the third book (hopefully I haven’t offended any Narnia fans). However, since this collection of seven novels was holding up the rest of the books on that shelf, it was still somewhat useful.
Over the last few months, I purchased four books that have been recommended to me over the years: Le Rouge et le Noir by Stendhal, A Theory of Justice by John Rawls (a dense book about political philosophy), Riz noir by Anna Moï and Le père Goriot by Balzac. With the addition of these books, I didn’t need The Chronicles of Narnia anymore to support the books on this shelf. I was going to give the novels away, but then I decided I would try to make a few bucks and sell them on Kijiji for $10 CAD just for the fun of it.
The ad never got too many views and I didn’t get any replies until a week ago. Two people replied to my ad within the span of 36 hours. I told the second person who replied that I had already agreed to sell the books to someone else. A few days later, I met the first person I that had inquired about the books at an Ikea ten minutes away from my house (it was the most convenient spot for her), and I sold her the books. Now her 9-year-old daughter who has already read the Lion the With and the Wardrobe can enjoy the rest of this marvelous series that I lost interest in when I was about twelve years old.