I too have shelves of books, most unread. But, I do donate what I read, yet it seems each donated book is replaced by two or more purchased books. My book reading slowed in recent years due to my work, helping to raise my two grandchildren, and the onslaught of social media, hence the multitude of unread books in my house. But, after our disastrous presidential election last year that was played out with lies and innuendos in social, as well as news, media, I have sworn of all news media and nearly all social media preferring to spend my time reading and listening to books and writing.
I so enjoyed your story. A person’s history of loving, reading and collecting books has always fascinated me.