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message 1: by Ausjenny (new)

Ausjenny | 4919 comments I was reading yet another book description and was thinking stop writing so I can catch up. and then I thought what if no more books were written and you couldn't borrow, buy etc books how long would you survive?
For me I think of my bookcases and know I would proably have enough books for about 5 years give or take. maybe longer!


message 2: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (jennafraugh) | 4102 comments well, that's a good question...I think I would survive, but I think the books I do have would get worn out when I needed a break from reality or just wanted to relax


message 3: by Ausjenny (new)

Ausjenny | 4919 comments Jennifer I have around 500 unread books if not more.
but I keep buying new ones.
after a few years they could start again!


message 4: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (jennafraugh) | 4102 comments Yeah, i've got several hundred myself that i've read and probably another 100 I have yet to read. So I could do the same thing!


message 5: by Ausjenny (new)

Ausjenny | 4919 comments Oh I have lots I have read too.


message 6: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Metz | 80 comments I have almost 3000 books - but they include Bibles, homeschool books, children's books, and so on. I have quite a few I haven't read (mostly non-fiction)~ and some I haven't read in a long time... but I would go stir crazy after a couple months hearing about all the new books. I try to offer to review books in order to get them... but I'm the new kid on the block.

I used to have enough money to buy them - but that's changed. I will have to get used to less books. If my next picture has bald spots you'll know why. lol


message 7: by Ausjenny (new)

Ausjenny | 4919 comments Lee, I love reading about them but there are just to many so thats why my mind said stop! If no books were published for a few years I would still have unread books.


message 8: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Metz | 80 comments Your addiction must be even worse than mine! lol

I think part of it with me is that I have health problems that keep me at home. Sometimes the pain stops me from even being able to write ~ so books are my... escape and they keep my mind active. They open doors for me and keep me connected to others through places like this and my blog (and hopefully someday through my own writing).

That's why the thought of no new books is scary to me.


message 9: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (jennafraugh) | 4102 comments I can see why you would say that Lee. I think I would get bored with re-reading the ones I do have. Not that they aren't great books! I would just want new ones so I can see something new from my authors that I love, or new authors that I haven't tried. What kinda sad is the fact that they are probably going to go electronic with books now that they have the kindle and other electronic books out now. I like the feel of a book in my hand. But, then again I could keep tons of the ones I love electronically and not worry about them getting damaged, etc... Decisions, Decisions


message 10: by Heidi (last edited Feb 12, 2010 11:20PM) (new)

Heidi | 985 comments That's a difficult question. I have so much going on in my life with my family, that I am slow to read the books I have. I don't collect books, I donate them after I've read them, other than my two Bibles, or if the author signs them, then I consider them keepsakes. Financially I just don't feel I can justify buying more books when I have about 15 that I haven't gotten to yet, so I would only have those 15 if they stopped publishing books. How long it would take for me to read them all though would depend on how much our family had going on when books stopped being published. I am not really the type that likes to read books more than once, other than chapters of the Bible, but I guess if I had no others, and no more were published, I would be forced to do so. After a while though I would just have to write my own stories, and I love writing almost as much as I love reading, so it wouldn't feel like a burden. I would however miss others perspectives and writing styles. Also, I am by no means accomplished as a writer, but perhaps that would force me to go beyond what I think I can do. My daughter also likes to write, so my daughter and I would trade stories I guess, and share them with my hubby too. Before people wrote stories they would tell stories to each other anyway, so my thinking is that we would just revert to that in one form or another. When I think of it, it's almost a quaint thought, my family and I all sharing stories we've made up. Interesting question Jenny :)


message 11: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Metz | 80 comments There are some I re-read over at once a year or so. They become like old friends. :o)

It's hard to justify the cost of a Kindle when e-books don't cost that much less. I looked on my recommended list at Amazon and Dawn's Prelude was there. It costs $10.07 for the paperback and and $9.99 for Kindle. Plus I have to pay for the Kindle, lose the feel of the book in my hands... plus the lovely people at Amazon can monitor which page I'm on and even delete the book if they want to (according to something I read a while back - which may or may not be accurate).

I love technology, but I don't know if I want to spend so much for so little gain. Plus, I don't have it to spend. It's easier to spend a little here and there on books than to spend a lot on a Kindle and then have to purchase all my books to go on there. They would take up less space though. :o)

I do agree with your other point. Even if I was happy re-reading my old books, I would feel left out of the discussions of the new authors and new books. I can't drive (side effects from my meds) and I live in a rural area with a very small library even if I could get out to it.

It doesn't matter, I'll make do with what I can get sent ~ and who knows? Maybe my husband will find a new job and this economy will pull through for all the other people hurt by it as well.


message 12: by Janet (new)

Janet Dean | 466 comments Ausjenny wrote: "I was reading yet another book description and was thinking stop writing so I can catch up. and then I thought what if no more books were written and you couldn't borrow, buy etc books how long wou..."

I have no idea how many books I have. My husband is an avid reader, too, so we have tons of books. I have a huge TBR pile. I see I'm not alone in that. :-) I reread my favorites upon occasion. Or read them to see why I loved them. A great way for writers to study craft. So I could get along for months, Jenny. But I wouldn't be happy about it. LOL I love getting new books. Love the feel of them in my hands. I like shopping in bookstores better than online but order books too.


message 13: by Janet (new)

Janet Dean | 466 comments Heidi wrote: "That's a difficult question. I have so much going on in my life with my family, that I am slow to read the books I have. I don't collect books, I donate them after I've read them, other than my t..."

Heidi, you and your daughter writing and exchanging stories is a lovely solution. Your family must be creative. I'm sure you're right that more people would become oral storytellers if we didn't have books. I used to make up stories for our daughters at bedtime. The animal character always had their names and they were enthralled. A young audience is easy to please. :-)


message 14: by Janet (new)

Janet Dean | 466 comments Lee wrote: "There are some I re-read over at once a year or so. They become like old friends. :o)

It's hard to justify the cost of a Kindle when e-books don't cost that much less. I looked on my recommended l..."


I'm with you, Lee. I get tired of looking at screens after spending so much time at the computer.

The economy and jobs are a real concern. Hoping your husband finds a job soon.



message 15: by Janet (new)

Janet Dean | 466 comments Lee wrote: "Your addiction must be even worse than mine! lol

I think part of it with me is that I have health problems that keep me at home. Sometimes the pain stops me from even being able to write ~ so boo..."


I've heard the same from readers with health issues or lots of stress. Books are a wonderful escape. There's lots of blogs with giveaways like here at Goodreads.



message 16: by Heidi (new)

Heidi | 985 comments Lee wrote: "There are some I re-read over at once a year or so. They become like old friends. :o)

It's hard to justify the cost of a Kindle when e-books don't cost that much less. I looked on my recommended l..."


Please know I am praying for your health problems, and the pain they cause you, and that your husband gets a job soon Lee. I too find books to be an escape, just from the stress of the world, so I can see where with an illness they would become all the more precious. Good luck in your writing, when you can do it again, as well. I know writing, if you love it, and it sounds like you do, is a something feel a strong desire to do, and not being able to do it because of pain must be very hard on you. I'm so sorry you are having a difficult time with all that is going on right now. It's nice to have you here though, and I look forward to hearing more from you :)


message 17: by Heidi (new)

Heidi | 985 comments Janet Dean wrote: "Heidi wrote: "That's a difficult question. I have so much going on in my life with my family, that I am slow to read the books I have. I don't collect books, I donate them after I've read them, o..."

Thanks Janet :) I bet those bedtime stories you made up are something your children treasure. My dad passed away seven years ago, but I still remember him telling me stories he made up when I was very little, and they are some of my best memories of him...


message 18: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (jennafraugh) | 4102 comments Janet Dean wrote: "Heidi wrote: "That's a difficult question. I have so much going on in my life with my family, that I am slow to read the books I have. I don't collect books, I donate them after I've read them, o..."

I think that's why Beatrix Potter was, and is still, so popular. She gave life to animals. Made them come alive with their personalities and little quirks and I just love the drawings! Loved the movie Miss Potter too! If you haven't seen you should, if you are a Potter lover.


message 19: by JanetTronstad (new)

JanetTronstad Author Tronstad | 2758 comments Mod
No new books? I don't have much of a backlog in my reading so I don't think I'd last overm a month or so before going stir crazy. The only solution for me would be to keep knee-deep in my writing (I find when I'm writing a book I don't read nearly as much).


message 20: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (jennafraugh) | 4102 comments Janet Tronstad wrote: "No new books? I don't have much of a backlog in my reading so I don't think I'd last overm a month or so before going stir crazy. The only solution for me would be to keep knee-deep in my writing..."

I think I would be sad if there were no more new Dry Creek books to read. :(


message 21: by Julie (new)

Julie | 40 comments Ausjenny wrote: "I was reading yet another book description and was thinking stop writing so I can catch up. and then I thought what if no more books were written and you couldn't borrow, buy etc books how long wou..."

I've probably got enough books for about 5 years too Jenny. Maybe we should get together and swap books when we are finished. You have 5 and I have 5 providing we don't have a lot of duplicates, that would give us 10 years total! :)


message 22: by Ausjenny (new)

Ausjenny | 4919 comments Looks like Im one of the few who tends to buy books and put them on the shelf and keeps buying them knowing I have so many I could go for years without buying but have to keep buying.
I have at least 2 bookcases of unread books.
I do want to read them. I got some heartsong presents at time on special at times but the ones unread except a few went to the Church library. I tend to buy them if I see them on special but some I am now putting in the Library.
most besides my real favourites go to the Church library and autograph ones.


message 23: by JanetTronstad (new)

JanetTronstad Author Tronstad | 2758 comments Mod
Jennifer wrote: "Janet Tronstad wrote: "No new books? I don't have much of a backlog in my reading so I don't think I'd last overm a month or so before going stir crazy. The only solution for me would be to keep ..."

Not to worry, Jennifer. I would still be writing and would send the Dry Creek books to you by email or something. :) After all, what are friends for?


message 24: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (jennafraugh) | 4102 comments Janet Tronstad wrote: "Jennifer wrote: "Janet Tronstad wrote: "No new books? I don't have much of a backlog in my reading so I don't think I'd last overm a month or so before going stir crazy. The only solution for me ..."

:D yay! Glad to know I won't have to go through withdrawals!


message 25: by Margaret (new)

Margaret Metz | 80 comments Thanks for the support & prayers. I appreciate it. :o)

I sneak in writing when I can. I'm in the revision process and that's harder than actual writing, believe it or not. When I'm just trying to get scenes out on a page - I get caught up in that world and the pain doesn't get to me as much. I kind of fall prey to my own "imagination." When I come up for air I feel it - bad - but until then I work quite well. lol Revisions don't work that way. You're hunting over the words, trying to find what doesn't work... and I'm not early in the revision process, so I've read these same words a dozen times.

I think even if the publishers stopped publishing books, there would still be writers. They can't stop writing - no matter what. I write even though it hurts. So I think we would all just keep writing and figure out another way to get books to each other. Like Janet said - by email if we have to. lol


message 26: by Ausjenny (new)

Ausjenny | 4919 comments Oh I understand that there would always be writers it was just a fun question (to see if there is more than me with to many books to read) its like when you are trying to take notes you want to say stop so you can catch up then they can start again.



message 27: by Heidi (new)

Heidi | 985 comments Lee wrote: "Thanks for the support & prayers. I appreciate it. :o)

I sneak in writing when I can. I'm in the revision process and that's harder than actual writing, believe it or not. When I'm just trying to ..."


I love to be lost in my writing as well, it's the best feeling in the world! :) Revisions are less fun by far, so true. It sounds like you are doing well, and perhaps on your way to getting your book to a publisher. I envy you! I have yet to find the time to write anything beyond very short stories that are really just to wet my writing appetite. If God wills it though I hope someday to really get the time to write, revise, and send something off to a publisher! I'm so glad your pain is lessened by your writing, and that you are able to do it. I hate to think of someone who loves writing as you do unable to do it! You are also more than welcome for the prayers. What are sisters in Christ for :)



message 28: by Melody (last edited Feb 13, 2010 07:30PM) (new)

Melody | 2493 comments I'd be okay for a year or maybe two, depending on how busy I am, lol! I have a huge stack to be read. I had to cancel my Love Inspired monthly because I had way too many to get to. But I am thinking of starting again, for I don't want to miss out on the series I love. :)
I often re-read books that are my favorites, love to just pick up an old favorite. :)
Interesting thought though, I like the idea of a pause button in life in general. :)


message 29: by Ausjenny (new)

Ausjenny | 4919 comments Melody, I got the whole of the cozy mystery series by barbour and most are unread. It got to the point I was going to have to cancel that too.
part of my issue is I do blog tours and one has about 8 or 9 a week. I dont request them all but I was requesting more than I should a month. but I have learnt I dont like heavy suspense, dont like chick lit where the heroine is self obsessed with being married or self centered. I do like most of the Barbour books they have both contempory and historical but story based no the yuppy 30 year old obsessed with being married. I also know bethany house wont send to australia so it cuts a few out. I try to only order 4 at the most plus a couple of other tours happen. This month I had 3 and i just have one to read but Im also doing a few other blog tours but the books haven't come.
Next month I think I requested only 2 as there are quite a few Bethany House I think.
But being summer and being summer holidays for me it has allowed time to read and I have read alot of books I wanted to read.


message 30: by Janet (new)

Janet Dean | 466 comments Heidi wrote: "Janet Dean wrote: "Heidi wrote: "That's a difficult question. I have so much going on in my life with my family, that I am slow to read the books I have. I don't collect books, I donate them afte..."

Both of my parents are gone. Like you, Heidi, I'm grateful for precious memories that keep them alive in my heart.



message 31: by Janet (last edited Feb 15, 2010 03:22PM) (new)

Janet Dean | 466 comments Jennifer, I love Beatrix Potter illustrations. Art is a huge interest of mine too. If I had time, I'd draw more. My dad was an Art teacher and would entertain our girls with little drawings of animals. I still have a few.


message 32: by Heidi (last edited Feb 15, 2010 03:25PM) (new)

Heidi | 985 comments Janet Dean wrote: "Heidi wrote: "Janet Dean wrote: "Heidi wrote: "That's a difficult question. I have so much going on in my life with my family, that I am slow to read the books I have. I don't collect books, I do..."

I'm so sorry to hear that Janet. You never get over losing a parent. Time lessens the pain however, and as you say precious memories keep them alive in our hearts :) It's so good to know as Christians we will see them again one day too :)



message 33: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (jennafraugh) | 4102 comments Janet Dean wrote: "Jennifer, I love Beatrice Potter illustrations. Art is a huge interest of mine too. If I had time, I'd draw more. My dad was an Art teacher and would entertain our girls with little drawings of ani..."

aww! how neat! I love art...looking at it that is! Can't draw or paint worth a flip! I can decorate a cake somewhat or do something crafty, but drawing, painting, sculpting...nope. I wish!


message 34: by Terri (new)

Terri (terrie) | 735 comments Ausjenny wrote: "Jennifer I have around 500 unread books if not more.
but I keep buying new ones.
after a few years they could start again!"


500! Seriously, you and I have addict those buy books... I am not kidding. I have count 130 books to read on " Currently reading.


message 35: by Terri (new)

Terri (terrie) | 735 comments Jennifer wrote: "Janet Dean wrote: "Jennifer, I love Beatrice Potter illustrations. Art is a huge interest of mine too. If I had time, I'd draw more. My dad was an Art teacher and would entertain our girls with lit..."


Have you try it at once? Drawing or painting.. It takes lot of practice.



message 36: by Terri (new)

Terri (terrie) | 735 comments Janet Dean wrote: "Jennifer, I love Beatrix Potter illustrations. Art is a huge interest of mine too. If I had time, I'd draw more. My dad was an Art teacher and would entertain our girls with little drawings of anim..."

Have you seen my art work Janet at facebook? that is awesome your father is art teacher. I better get back to my drawing to do tomorrow.


message 37: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (jennafraugh) | 4102 comments Terri wrote: "Jennifer wrote: "Janet Dean wrote: "Jennifer, I love Beatrice Potter illustrations. Art is a huge interest of mine too. If I had time, I'd draw more. My dad was an Art teacher and would entertain o..."

oh i've tried it...i'm just horrible at it! I could probably do abstract painting :D LOL. I can enough to satisfy a kid. Stick figures are my speciality.


message 38: by Ausjenny (new)

Ausjenny | 4919 comments im good at houses! with 4 windows and a door and chimney.


message 39: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (jennafraugh) | 4102 comments Ausjenny wrote: "im good at houses! with 4 windows and a door and chimney. "

Oh, I can do that too...square, rectangle, triangle! lol


message 40: by Ausjenny (new)

Ausjenny | 4919 comments and a squiggle for the smoke!



message 41: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (jennafraugh) | 4102 comments lol! yup


message 42: by Julie (new)

Julie | 40 comments Don't forget the clouds, v-shaped birds, and a couple of trees and flowers! :)


message 43: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (jennafraugh) | 4102 comments With the sun in the corner!


message 44: by Terri (new)

Terri (terrie) | 735 comments you guys, you gave me idea of what to do drawing ... ( grinning face) I have done three yesterday.. I will do more.


message 45: by Lyn (new)

Lyn (lyncote) | 1644 comments Mod
If you haven't read Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheidt 451, you should. It's one of my favorite 20th century classics. A society where firemen burn books. My son (the 12)and I were listening to an audio version, when he heard the sentence: "Children didn't used to kill children," he made me turn it off. Chilling. That was about a decade before Columbine. A society without books is not a place I'd like to live. Leave it to Lyn to post a downer!


message 46: by Ausjenny (new)

Ausjenny | 4919 comments Hi Lyn,
I wasn't meaning we wouldn't have books just would more how many books do you have if you couldn't access them for awhile.
I have so many books but there are so many good ones coming out that I dont think I will ever read half of what I have.


message 47: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (jennafraugh) | 4102 comments Lyn wrote: "If you haven't read Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheidt 451, you should. It's one of my favorite 20th century classics. A society where firemen burn books. My son (the 12)and I were listening to an audio ve..."

oooh! good book, if you can handle the depressing parts!


message 48: by Jennifer (new)

Jennifer (jennafraugh) | 4102 comments Terri wrote: "you guys, you gave me idea of what to do drawing ... ( grinning face) I have done three yesterday.. I will do more. "

you'll have to post them when you're done so we can see!


message 49: by Janet (new)

Janet Dean | 466 comments Terri wrote: "you guys, you gave me idea of what to do drawing ... ( grinning face) I have done three yesterday.. I will do more. "

Terri, give us a link so everyone can see your art!


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