books that were given to me. books that have been snagged from the library. checked out from our local library. shared from another library. picked up second hand.
books for me, for children, for guests, for reference, for the sheer pleasure of owning them.
books that have been judged by their covers.
books that have been recommended. books that will never be read. books that will become lifelong friends.
and i will continue to bring them home. some i will pass along to others who will give them new homes and uses. some, i'm sorry to say, will end up at the goodwill to take their chances waiting for the right owner to claim them.