Sunday, July 23, 2017

NOPE, STOP ASKING ME TO GET RID OF MY BOOKS...

You probably already know where I'm going with this based on the title, right? (lol) Regularly, a friend or family member will suggest that I donate or sell my books. Huh?


When I was a kid, I amassed such a huge volume of books that it was pretty amazing.  Then over the years, as I traveled from state to state, all those books and more just kept accumulating.  I usually pissed off either the movers or my friends because no one wanted to pack up all those novels.  It can also be expensive.  In fact, the majority of the weight on the moving trucks was almost always due to books more than actual furniture. (lol)


For some strange reason, people think we either shouldn't read so much or that we don't want the pile of books we have over in that corner.
Book readers have a ton of books because we love to read. We enjoy looking at them.  We like to talk about them, and we need to hang on to them.  Nope, we don't really want to sell them.


Has someone ever insisted that you sell, or get rid of your books?

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23 comments:

  1. I am a confirmed bookaholic. My unread towers (piles are too small) are HUGE. I will never read everything, but have every intention of dying while trying.
    And I reread books too. And never, ever watch the movie of a book I love.

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  2. No one has ever said such, but I can see where you are coming from. Books are everything, sometimes filled with memories from years past. Warm greetings to you!

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  3. Me. I'm asking me to get rid of some of my books. At 19 crammed bookcases in the house, and three or four large boxes full besides, it's time to prune. Besides, my eyes are getting worse and it's hard to manage the tiny fonts and cramped lines of some of my older books. (Really old mass market paperbacks and omnibus hardcovers are the worst offenders.) It's tough to prune, though, and I'm sure I'll still end up with well over 1000 books... not counting my daughter's books.

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    1. Wow - Lark, I need to come over to your place to see all those goodies. 19 bookcases just sounds fun! It's getting a little rough for me to read as well, but I still keep plugging along. I know it's gonna be rough, so my heart is crying for you. Hang in there! Hugs...

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    2. Thankfully I can still read, just not the really tiny stuff. But I'm only in my mid-fifties, so yes, it's a little disheartening to already be seeing issues with my eyes. Thank goodness for scalable-font ebooks!

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  4. I had movers who told me they'd never seen so many boxes of books! But now I'm at the time in my life where I realized I had to donate some of my books before we moved to our retirement home. We moved to a smaller house so I knew I had to winnow the books down to a manageable amount (still quite a lot of books!) We've been here a year now and I try not to buy too many new books...not an easy thing when there are so many book temptations!

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  5. I have heard more than once "You have already read those books, why are you holding on to them?" I just say "In case I want to read them again"

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  6. There is no getting rid of books ha ha! And I love those pics- especially that last one lol. Yes I've had people say that to me, and even as a kid I was always told I didn't need comic books. How else did they think I got through childhood?? :)

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    1. I was a serious collector of Green Lantern and every Archie comic book known to man. I have them when they were actually 15 cents or so, and can't part with them. Then again, I would die a slow death if anything happened to my Lord of the Rings books, calendars, toys, activity sets, etc. I even have the tv guides that had 4 different covers. I agree, books, comic books and toys are how I got through childhood and made it more fun. I'm keeping my stuff! (lol) Hugs...RO

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  7. Why breathe ya gonna die anyways. omg I laughed too hard on that. Thankfully no one talks about getting rid of my books too often but I've not had to move but twice and I wasn't a reader at that point. I can only imagine when I have to move one day. lol

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  8. I can identify with your photo #361. I finished two novels this week, and I'm waiting for six more to arrive in the mail. Thanks for the post, and have a great week.

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  9. I like digital books because they don't clutter up and you always have them

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  10. I actually do have a get rid of day sometimes in my library which consists of 7 floor to ceiling shelves plus 3 half way up the wall ones LOL not to mention all those in my digital and audible library too ;)
    I do donate to my library's book sale, share with my stylist who has a lending library in her salon and donate retirement and nursing homes, doctor's office and hospitals too. See I spread the joy :)

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  11. Oh I've heard the same thing about my books. Nope, not getting rid of them.

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  12. I sell my books often. Sometimes I even sign them when I sell them. Sometimes they even know who I am when I sign them.

    That's a little author joke.

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  13. Good for you, Ro.
    We're down to five bookcases:) I try to pass on the books I'm so so on. But my old friends, I'll read again and again. And some series books I keep so I don't get lost on what I have and haven't read.
    Have a great one.
    Hugs,

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  14. Yep, that is me...people keep asking me why I keep so many books when I obviously don't have room for them. Because I might want to read them again, of course!

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  15. Oh gosh, yes, I have so many books. I do pretty well in going through them every now and then since I'm always adding new books to the pile, but in general, I still have SO many and I like it that way.

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  16. I recently cleared out my bookshelves and kept only books I know I would re-read but still, there are just some books you keep just because. I'm considering getting an e-reader which will probably make me end up buying more paper books.

    have a lovely day.

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  17. It's so hard to get rid of books. During our last move, I ran out of boxes and was really tired of packing and the whole move in general. So I got rid of a ton of my books. It had to be done, I'd exceeded my shelf space. I took them to the local thrift store and regretted it the moment the next day. I had to stop myself from going to the thrift store and buying them back. Now, not even a year later, I'm back to not having any shelf space. One day, when my husband's job doesn't move us around so much, I will have my own room dedicated to just books and I will never have to get rid of a book again.

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  18. My husband naively suggested that I sell or donate some of the books that I've read but didn't love as the piles were starting to take over the bedroom. When I told him that I hadn't read any of those he looked at me in complete horror. To be fair other than that he's never asked me to get rid of any or to not buy any though if I'm having to box any up he does remind me that you can pack more books into a box than you can actually lift so I do have to check that!

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  19. Hi RO :)) Alex and I are avid readers. We collect books and gift each other with a used one pretty much each month. We both like the feel of a real book in hand, and are not fans at all of the digital versions! I'd love to have this library one of these days, but that might be a fantasy lol...we'll definitely have lots of nice book shelves on the walls of our new home though!

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  20. I like all the pictures you used for this post. Most people who know me well don't ask me to get rid of my books anymore, luckily. Nowadays I buy a lot of e-books so my shelves don't get as fuller, but I have 3 full length bookcases full with books, so I do have a lot of them accumulated and I hardly ever do any of them away. You do hae to be careful when moving books as the boxes can get way too heavy if you put in too many books.

    That Feastly thing sounds interesting!

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