It is time for the Monday roundup of what I read this week hosted by Sheila at Book Journey.

Stuff: Compulsive Hoarding and the Meaning of Things by Randy O. Frost and Gail Steketee – Hoarding is something that I just don’t understand. I have the opposite problem. I hate to have too much stuff around. My grandparents qualified as hoarders though.

I remember when I was little that you could do into their basement and walk around on the paths through the stuff. Those paths were eventually filled in so now you can get to the furnace only. No one has been able to get into their attic in my lifetime. They have rooms full of crap. My mother and her brother don’t have this stuff obsession but my aunt and her daughter do. It is going to be like an archeological dig to clean out that house when my grandfather dies. My mother is concerned because she can see her sister wanting to go through every paper to make sure nothing is missed that might be useful someday. I think if it has been buried for 30 years then we can all assume that it is possible to live without it.

The book talks about what causes people to hoard possession or animals, what to do about it, and the effects on family members. It was a very interesting look into a psychological phenomenon that I don’t know all that much about.

Showdown by Tilly Bagshawe – This is a romance set in the worlds of Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing. It is fairly standard stuff – unrequited love, jealousy run wild, and a jerk of a male vet. Why do I keep finding these books with the male vet theme? LOL.

It was a slow week for me. I’m puttering through a few things but there has been a lot of visiting instead of reading.

6 Replies to “It’s Monday! What are you reading?”

  1. I had a slow week as well but hey it is summer and we all do have lives. My daughter is going to school to be a vet tech. We have 3 cats and 1 greyhound that we rescued. Enjoy your books. I am somewhere in between the hoarder and the minimalist. I have way too much and am getting ready to pare down.

  2. Stuff is now on my TBR list.

    Hey you’re a fellow runner! I’ve been thinking about making a badge for the rare variety of book blogger who are also runners (like me).

    Also note that you’re interested in paganism – I did my Honours thesis on paganism in 1998. Won’t bore you too much about it except to say that I had lots of fun doing the fieldwork.

    I also enjoyed your about page very much. I have a house of increasingly geriatric animals (cats aged 17 & 16; dogs aged 16 & 11) and I dread the day when one of them has to be put down or dies. I will be a mess.
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..It’s Monday- What Are You Reading July 5- 2010 =-.

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