Hello Friends – I hope your weekend was filled with lots of fun and reading. I was catching up a bit on my magazine reading and found a really good article in Real Simple by Laura Lippman on The Book Fairy. Basically, it was about her realizing that her bookcases were out of control and one day realizing that there were certain books she would never read.
She started culling the shelves and suddenly she had 100 books set aside but what to do with them. She created a Mystery Box and started a lottery system for sending out books to the winners. To date she has sent out almost 200 books.
I found myself nodding and thinking, yep, I understand. My shelves are overflowing and yet I still buy books. I have good intentions but now that some books have been on my shelves waiting to be read for more than 20 years or so, you really do wonder if you’ll ever get to that book. I do weed the stacks every year at least but anyway I guess this is a very good problem to have right?
The article also mentions a couple of ways to share books and I would also add that aside from donating to Goodwill, there is your local library, Little Free libraries and don’t forget retirement/nursing homes.
The magazine news I read about was that Cloth Paper Scissors is ceasing publication. I’m so disappointed to learn about this. That magazine has some wonderful artist interviews, tutorials and a little bit of everything for artists. I had to pull out one of my older editions that featured books and art journals. I’m not sure if this also means that their special edition, Pages magazine, will also be discontinued.
This is going to leave a huge void in the artsy community. We’ll still have the publications by Stampington, which I do enjoy, but it’s always good to have other voices.
Anyway, have you read any good articles lately? Or any magazines you miss and wish they were still published?