First, let’s buy a load of books

Whenever I’m about to embark on a new project of any kind, my first impulse is to get on Amazon and buy a bunch of books about it.  Making tamales?  Raising chickens?  Shooting an animated movie? Moving to Syria? These all sound to me like ideal opportunities to expand the Dewey numbers of my personal library.

Superlibrarian, shamelessly lifted from the cover of This Book is Overdue by Marilyn Johnson

With the appropriate reference materials in my possession, I’m ready to face whatever comes my way.  Knowledge is power, you know.

And yes, I do catalog my home books.  I recommend LibraryThing for anyone who might be similarly inclined.

I’m trying to cut back on the book habit.  One consideration is the 1200-pound limit for our personal belongings (that’s for all three of us.)  Books are heavy.  I’m loading up the Kindle with enough great literature to last a couple of years, but the format is a lot better for text than  pictures, and also it’s black and white. So I’m still going with paper for most guidebooks and cookbooks.

This is the Syria collection.

Syria and Middle East books

There are three additional titles on my Kindle: Culture Smart! Syria, the King James Bible, and the one I’m most looking forward to reading, The Other Side of the Mirror: An American Travels in Syria.  I learned of the existence of Brooke Allen’s new book through this article in the New York Review of Books (not exactly a review, but it’s got some good background information).  And for Alekka I got a pretty illustrated copy of Arabian Nights.


About lornaofarabia

I am a teacher from Medford, Oregon. I currently live and work in Bangkok, Thailand.
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