I’ve gotten through two boxes and I can’t tell if there are two or three more to go. But, basically, I pitched everything that had visible mold. Just didn’t even mess with it. Everything else got wiped down with a soapy bleach/water mixture and then set out in the afternoon to dry. It’s almost 90 here again, so they dried rather quickly.
So, I brought them inside and put them on the shelves. The bookshelves are so huge that two boxes of books takes up about a shelf and a half of space.
Here’s the big space I found to dry them:
Okay, so I found a nice spot for a book launch party and he will give it to me for free if I can guarantee that everyone will buy $7 worth of food and or drinks. Is this a good idea or would you guys be all “Oh fuck you, Phillips.”?
I’ve only been through two boxes, but two things are apparent–my most beloved books are in these boxes, some of which I can’t replace–stuff from when I worked at Wake and signed copies. It appears that only the bottom books in the box are moldy. So, about eight in each books. Do I have to get rid of all of the books in the box if I find any sign of mold or…
Or could I wipe down the books in a gentle bleach wash and maybe save them?
I’m going to the garage to inventory and toss out all my moldy books. Today is the day I think I can do it without wanting to throw up or punch the weather.
Y’all, I’m such a dork. I was going to just send my GoodReads giveaway winners their books directly from the printer, but I realized, if I sent them from here, I could sign them. So I did! And it gave me such a tickle.
Anyway, so, if you’re a winner, look for the book this coming week. I hope you like it.