I found a Bonn book tower

I’ve slightly touched on book towers before and I am still a big fan of them. However, they can also be used in the opposite way of what I alluded to in the previous post. Instead of being recipients of books, they can also be givers. This is particularly handy if you’re an unpaid intern temporarily living abroad but I think most people would agree that free books are a pretty good thing.

I found such a tower close to Poppelsdorf Palace. I had some hours to kill due to Bonn’s museums having strange opening hours and decided to take a look at the selection offered. Since I hadn’t seen any cats in Bonn, I decided to take the English book with a cat on the front cover; A Street Cat Named Bob.

Have you read the book? He’s quite some cat! It was an easy read so I returned it to the tower a couple of hours later so someone else could enjoy it. I would like to point out that there’s no way its title isn’t inspired by A Streetcar Named Desire. They’re vastly different stories though.

I noticed a set of German-English dictionaries in the tower as I put the book back. I contemplated taking them but decided to think about whether I really needed them or not. I mulled over it for a couple of days and then went back for them. Unfortunately for me, someone else had swiped them.

However, lady luck was on my side and I found a different one which is only one volume, thereby making it easier to bring places. It’s currently hanging out on my shelf next to the few German books I have.

Book tower
Poppelsdorfer Allee, 53115 Poppelsdorf

Getting rid of books: method two, use the library

Following the Jonah Lehrer scandal of 2012, I suddenly had some books I no longer wanted:

As I mentioned in this post, I am not the biggest fan of throwing stuff out when there are better options regarding getting rid of stuff and decluttering. This partly explains why I owned a copy of ‘The Story of Stuff’. (As a side note my friend Jing gave me ‘Cradle to Cradle’ for my birthday one year and it is such an interesting concept!)

These white boxes exist in the part of Copenhagen where my parents live. They may not look like much but here’s how they work: They are owned by the library and the idea is that you can leave unwanted books in the hopes that someone else will come by and give them a home. As we all know, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure:

Here’s a link (it’s in Danish), which gives you the following locations:

Du kan finde bogbørsen her:

  • I Ordrup (Ordrup Park ved Morescovej og Ordupvej)
  • I Jægersborg (På Ibstrup Torv for enden af Jægersborg Allé)
  • I Hellerup (på det grønne område mellem Ahlmanns Allé og Duntzfelts Allé)
  • I Vangede (ved Dan Turèlls Plads) 
  • I Dyssegård (ved Dyssegårdsskolen)

Getting rid of books: method one, go down the pub

My parents took my sister and me out to lunch (three months ago) at the Bishops Arms. The Bishops Arms is a Swedish chain of English inspired pubs. That does sound slightly odd but it is a lovely place.

As you may be able to tell it is quite a spacious venue. This is especially nice if you go there in the evening. Note the abundance of books! That speaks to my heart. On the mention of an abundance of books – and as the title suggests – I, myself, do own too many books.

One of my worst habits is buying books. Sometimes books are sold so cheaply you can buy one, read it and toss it afterwards with no harm done economically (but obviously there comes some ecological harm with that kind of behaviour). This poses the question of how to free oneself from books without the books being classified as ‘rubbish’ and disposed of. The best way of getting rid of books would obviously be in such a manner that other people have the opportunity to adopt the abandoned ones. This pub is such a place! You cannot take their books home but you can swap your own books for ones on the shelves.

So we went home, grabbed a bag of books, went back to the pub and exchanged them for two textbooks I found near the back of their library. I am my own enabler… But the swap ratio was something like 7:2, so here’s hoping I might get there eventually; there being a place with only the creme de la creme of my current book collection.

The Bishops Arms
Ny Østergade 14, 1164 København K