Scout Gets a Taste for Literature

As our friends and family know, B and I are big book people. We love to read and to collect books. That being said, it should come as no surprise that we have lots of bookshelves in our home, and these shelves are filled with lots of books. Loads of them. Some less loaded than others, after today.

After The Great Rice Incident, we kept Scout crated while we weren’t home. It’s been a few weeks since then, and Scout has been behaving, so we wanted to ease her back into freedom while we weren’t home. This weekend, we moved her crate into our guest room, but instead of putting Scout in the crate when we went out for groceries, we put her in the guest room with the door closed. We scanned the room before we left. “Okay, there’s absolutely nothing edible in this room,” we declared. The only things in the room are a fold-out sleeper sofa and three bookshelves. That’s it. Unbeknownst to us, that doesn’t mean there’s nothing edible in there. But Scout did fine. She didn’t touch a thing. She got lots of praise, and we ended the weekend feeling happy that we’d found a way to give her a bit more freedom without compromising our rice stocks.

This was before today, before we learned that Scout had adopted our love of the written word—just in a slightly different way. B came home today and found this.

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That’s right. That’s our guest room at this very moment. The floor is quite literally covered with the books that used to be on that bookshelf to the right.

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So while I clean this mess up and B attempts not to make a pelt out of Scout’s hide, let’s examine Scout’s growing taste in literature, shall we?

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The first tragic (and I mean that) victim I came across was actually not a book at all, but a gift from my dear friend L, the remains of what used to be a candle holder made out of magazine spines. This piece is all that survived, L. :(

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Next up, book two from the series The Hunger Games, Catching Fire. Scout especially loved The Hunger Games. Irony Point #1.

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And then, book three of The Hunger Games.

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Followed quickly by book one.

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This one, which Scout also enjoyed, is The God of Small Things, who was apparently not present in our guest room today, as Scout had a great time ripping the spine clean off this one.

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Some books just got a good taste before Scout moved on. A little hard to get through, perhaps?

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Joyce Carol Oates must have been too much to stomach too, because Scout was content just tearing up the cover on this one.

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Then there was B’s book Falling Angels. This was a sentimental favorite of B’s. Scout loved it too. At least for the first 38 pages.

But lo and behold, there were some books that went untouched. A few rare gems that Scout left not only in tact, but still on the bookshelf. Wouldn’t you know, Mr. Cesar Millan fell into that category. Irony Point #2.

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Funny, he didn’t have a chapter on How To Teach Your Dog Not to Eat Your Books. We apparently could have used it.

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Madeline L’Engle got a taste too, though Scout must have skipped right to the end of A Wrinkle in Time.

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She was only interested in the male lead in One Day. Funny, so was everyone else in that book.

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And like Cesar Millan, the top shelf of the bookcase holds our last touch of irony: The Book Thief was not stolen by our book thief.

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All told, we now have a nice pile of books to decide what to do with. If they’re in good enough shape, we’ll donate them. If not, we’ll recycle them.

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Above: the trash heap

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So I leave you with this, our untouched bookshelves that stood by and watched their comrades in arms head to the slaughter. When B asked Scout if she’d been a good girl today, she wagged her tail and said, “Yes, yes!” instead of her usual guilty face. When I asked her, she sat down and looked at me like this:

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And that’s what happened the day Scout got a taste for books.

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3 responses to “Scout Gets a Taste for Literature

  1. Allison @ The Book Wheel March 11, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    AHHHH! That’s awful! But Scout’s so cute, so…..

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