Today’s Musing Monday questions asks:
Do you keep all the books you ever buy? Just the ones you love? Just collectibles? What do you do with the ones you don’t want to keep?
Well, prior to my discovery of book blogs a little over a year ago, I would say that I kept every book that I bought. I tended to read books for school rather than for pleasure, and so every book that was purchased I planned to reuse over time. At that time books bought for pleasure were judiciously scrutinized to ensure that I would absolutely love it, or I wouldn’t invest in a personal copy.
On occasion I would experience a spring cleaning mood where I would want to clear away the clutter of the home, and periodically I would scour the bookshelves for any potential give aways. These discards would either find their way to Goodwill or donated to the library’s used book sale.
Over the past year, however, I have seen my personal book purchases escalate by leaps and bounds. I blame this on blogger irresistible reviews as well as the opening of three Half Price Bookstores within 20 miles of my home. My TBR list is constantly growing, and the clearance shelves at the used bookstore practically give away the titles. Consequently, my once rather manageable personal collection has gained considerable weight and periodically (about 2-3 times a year) I feel the need to put it on a diet.
While I always keep books that I absolutely love (because I harbor these fantasies that I will one day re-read all these books again), I also keep books that I do not have time to read now, but anticipate a time in the not-too-distant future when I will have more time to read and I do not want to be at a loss for subject matter. The books that I am willing to part with tend to be those that were enjoyed at one point in time, but that I do not think I will want to re-read. This results in few books given away and more bookshelves being built.
How about you? Do you find it difficult to part with books – or do you read and promptly pass along to someone else?