The dream of every book-lover is a bookcase (several bookcases? A library??) filled with well-loved, well-thumbed books. However, not every one has the space to keep every book they’ve read!
I used to keep all my books. There was a time I had the whole Discworld series, all the Ian Rankin series, the Harry Potter books and a variety of others I’d read and thought I might go back and read again. A bookcase of memories, old friends, and a lovely thing to look at. But moving house several times over a short space of time meant that the books just had to go, I was NEVER going to read them again and I was short on space.
I ran a twitter poll last week as I was curious to see what other book-bloggers did with their precious books.
I was pleasantly surprised to see that the vast majority of people keep all their books – you lot must have a lot more space than me! I’d love nothing more than to keep them all but space, the clutter, the DUST! No. I get rid of mine on a monthly basis… spread the love 🙂
Generally, all my paperbacks and hardbacks will either go to my Mum, if I think she’ll enjoy them, or they go to charity. I’ll either drop them at the local Oxfam or they’ll go into the book-bins that you can find in most supermarket car parks. The only books I’ll keep are graphic books like the ones pictured… or my very favourite books… dog-eared copy of Good Omens anyone??
Things have changed for readers now, with the introduction of e-readers and audio books there are more options which don’t take up quite as much space. Although, having said that, even when I’ve finished a book on my Kindle it comes off the reader and back into the cloud… I like things to be tidy… and it stops me starting a book I’ve already read again!
What do you do with your books? Are you a hoarder? A lender? A library member? Let me know!
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