I am accumulating the books I think I am going to need (from my own library) for the 10 things wrong writing in the coming months in a set of large tubs and keeping them in the basement a few steps down from where I write these days. On the left are literary sources, the center tub has environmental science/ecology titles, and the right is philosophy. The philosophy tub has grown the most rapidly but the ecology pile, spilling over the edges, remains the biggest.
I have another pile right beside my desk which includes those volumes, including library books, that I am using at the moment. Most of the work of this book is reviewing material that I am pretty familiar with, but rereading takes quite a bit of time. Naturally, I am discovering that books that had long been favorites are less intriguing and useful to me now.