I'm asking because the subject came up on the book thread
, just now...
I mentioned a (sadly, long gone) A2Ker who firmly believed in recycling (for free) once she'd read a book, or had listened to an audio book. I was one of the the fortunate recipients of her generosity, years ago.
I used to hang on to every single book I'd read (or planned
to read, sometimes) & it became a HUGE problem. There where books in every nook & cranny of the house I lived in at the time. In every single room, on shelves, piled up on the floor, in the passage ... So when I was planning to move to this (tiny) new home, I really had
to offload HEAPS & HEAPS of books. It was rather painful at first, choosing which ones should go took hours of my time ... but once I got into the spirit of the exercise, it became quite liberating!
But I still have way too many & I wonder why it's sometimes so hard to off-load all those books which, most likely, I will never read again. Why IS it so hard?
So I'm asking:
What do you usually do with books you've read?
Do you hang onto every single book you've acquired? Why do you do that? Explain. I'm trying to "get" this.
Do you hang onto many books you "plan" to read, when you're in the "right frame of mind", but find yourself wondering if you actually will read them? (I have quite a few of these.)
Why are books we've read (particularly those which we suspect we'll never read again) so precious to (some of) us?
If you've gotten into the off-loading/recycling habit, are there particular books you could never let go of? Which books & why?
Do you have the same attitude to off-loading paperbacks as hardback books?
What's your response to the "read it & pass it on immediately" idea? It has a lot of merit, I think. But still, there are some
books I can't bring myself to let go of. Many I haven't actually looked at for years & years ... is there a problem here?
(Finally, are you still buying as many books as you did, say 10 -15 years ago? Just curious.)