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I recently got a book. What do I do with it?

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Dear Flipped,

I recently came into a possession of a book (it’s a meatball cookbook, with a bunch of different recipes for meatballs) and I’m kind of at a loss for how to incorporate it with the current decor in my apartment. Should I built a storage unit for it? Can it be stored displayed alongside other things, such as photographs and statuettes? Please help me out here. Also, I’m not sure what my building’s policy on owning books is. Could that come back to bite me?


Confused Book Owner


Dear CBO,

There are many questions that a new book owner has to ask him or herself in order to figure out what to do with it, and here are a few of them.

1. What color is the book?

If it’s blue, for instance, you could sit it in front of a blue wall. Or a red wall. Or a yellow wall. Pretty much everything goes with blue, so it really doesn’t matter one way or the other. I was just curious.

2. Do you own a bookshelf?

Lots of people own bookshelves, but few of them know is a bookshelf is actually perfectly designed for storing a book, or even more than one book depending on how big the bookshelf is.

3. Do you own a trophy case?

These are slightly less ideal for storing books (they work better for trophies, and nonperishable foodstuffs) but they will do in a pinch. They also tend to have less space overall, but since you only have the one book it should be fine.

4. Have you considered getting a second book?

Studies show that books are happier and more content when they have a companion book to pass the time with. Books that live together have more opportunities to socialize and play together, which will decrease the urge to engage in destructive behavior. Also, they will be cleaner because they will groom each other.

As your relationship with your book continues to grow, more questions and problems will present themselves, but I don’t want to overwhelm you at first. But please, feel free to write back with any future questions about, for example, how your book should be interacting with your child or what types of food to give it. Owning a book is a beautiful journey, so consider yourself lucky!



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