Even after donating 35 books (12 hardcovers and 23 paperbacks) to my local library (and I have four more sitting in the trunk of my car) and sent 5 boxes of books to my parents' house, I still have these boxes sitting on my kitchen floor...and yes, those are all books inside.
Some of these books I had just bought in the past six months, and some of them I haven't read yet like the Suite Francaise. I still haven't packed The Elements of Style because I use that for my reference when I'm writing my short stories.
Then there's my reference books. Even though I haven't read any of my books from med tech school in years (and who reads their old school books anyway?), I still keep them. I thought about just keeping Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods and donating my blood bank, immunology, chemistry, and urinalysis atlas books to the library. In the end, I kept them because I just didn't have the heart to give them away. And I call my parents pack rats...yeesh. I guess it takes one to know one.
And some more...
And then I found these sitting in my storage closet outside. My manga books...and seeing them were like seeing old friends.
I used to watch Sailor Moon and Ranma 1/2 when I was in the Philippines. I LOVED THEM! Well, really I loved Mamuro/Darren/Tuxedo Mask/Tuxedo Kamen back then. I thought he was hot while running around in that tuxedo while throwing roses. I wish they would have made him stronger in the anime though because they made him such a wimp. On that note, I couldn't get into the English-translated Sailor Moon anime...and they couldn't stay true to the manga version. Mainly because some of the parts were homosexual themes though there weren't any graphic sexual scenes, and the show was geared towards children. Seriously though, who would believe that Haruka/Amara/Sailor Uranus and Michiru/Michelle/Sailor Neptune are really just cousins? Well, maybe kissing cousins. Ahem.
Still as controversial and strange the stories these mangas may be, I enjoyed them. I was entranced by the romance between Usagi (Sailor Moon) and Mamuro, and laughed out loud on the antics of Ranma and his fiancees from Ranma 1/2. Of course, even though I don't read them anymore, they will always be my favorite classic manga books (if there is such a thing).
So now I must go back to packing, my friends. I probably won't be updating my blog/blogs as much as I would like to in the following weeks. Moving is always tough, but I'll be glad once I'm settled in Louisiana.
Maybe I should invest in the Kindle 2 or in the Sony Reader. Hmmmm.