Books are essential to me for the reason that I sometimes prefer to read a physical book over the digital version on an e-reader. But sometimes I don’t. So, the question I’ve had recently is whether or not a collection of physical books is absoultely necessary.
At present, I have a collection of works by Michael Chrichton, Anthony Bourdain, Haruki Murakami, and a few by Aldous Huxley. I also have a smattering of books by other authors. But I tend to return those books for store credit.
Earlier this year, I had my heart set on an Everyman’s Library-style set for display in a glass case. For the most part, this collection would have included books I’ve read and want to read again. But there were several others I was planning to read.
At this point, it’s hard for me to foresee what I’m going to want. It might be made more clear when I land in a home… with a library. Either way, I know I’ll continue want some books in my office in the future. But how many?
Some people say that there can’t be too many books. But I want a curated collection.
Most recently, I’ve tended to read nonfiction on e-readers and fiction in print but that appears to be shifting (especially since you can get library books on an e-reader). I prefer the hardcover versions of a work if I’m going that way, but my concern is that in the next twenty years this could become even too old-fashioned for me.
For the time being, the library is on hold. But that doesn’t mean books aren’t essential. I will I continue reading the classics while sitting in the leather chair in my office–sipping whiskey or coffee or not sipping anything at all–no matter the format of the book.
photo: Iñaki del Olmo