|Just a sampling|
The main reason for all the books starts with the fact that we are nerds. That's number one, plain and simple. Mark and I have always read a lot, and as adults that has only increased with our interests. We're both what you would call "lifelong learners" - there's so many more things to find out about, and books are a wonderful way of starting.
Living in a country where English is not the main language has, I believe, only increased our love of books. You can get plenty of English-language books in the Netherlands, but books that are not on the best-seller lists are harder to come by, especially in Tilburg. They've become a cherished commodity, and a connection to our "normal."
|Seriously, it's a good thing e-books don't weigh anything... This single e-book is 1712 pages.|
Even Little Man's book collection continues to grow. Sure, there are plenty of board books left, but I'm hesitant to give any away. For one thing, I'm not sure where you give English language children's books around here, but I'm also thinking about Little Man's reading development since he is showing signs of pre-reading (in English). I know that Step-Into-Reading books will be hard to come by, so I keep the "baby books" around so that there is something for him to start reading on his own.
We will be moving this summer, and while I've started trying to de-clutter and toss things so we don't move them, I have no plans to touch the books - they're all coming with us. Ideally, we'd make more of an effort to limit the "stuff" we have, but I often keep books out of that category. The books are stories, experiences, knowledge, and so much more - the kinds of things you never want to let go. The kinds of things that are for keeps.