When’s the last time you weeded out your library? Do you regularly keep it pared down to your reading essentials? Or does it blossom into something out of control the minute you turn your back, like a garden after a Spring rain?
Or do you simply not get rid of books? At all?
And–when you DO weed out books from your collection (assuming that you do) …what do you do with them? Throw them away (gasp)? Donate them to a charity or used bookstore? SELL them to a used bookstore? Trade them on Paperback Book Swap or some other exchange program?
I rarely get rid of books. In fact, I still have a few books from when I was young that I treasure because they were gifts and have notes written from the givers, some of whom have since passed away.
Two years ago when I married and moved, I went through my books and those that no longer pertained to my life (How-to-find-a-man books, What to Expect When You're Expecting, etc.), and took them to Goodwill. Mostly, though, my husband-to-be groaned about the boxes and boxes of books he was inheriting.
I occasionally loan my books to friends but most of the time they are not returned. I don't know why it matters; the books just sit on my shelf anyway. I guess I like how they look there. My own little (though ever expanding) collection. Just for me. I suppose if I had a like minded book friend who shared my passion, I would be more than happy to trade and share.
And I never, ever see my books as WEEDS! Gasp!
Totally off the subject, but I love this. The Russian version of "he's lost his marbles"?...."His roof slid off."
I just think that is so funny.
Have a great day, everyone :)