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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Booking Through Thursday

This week's Booking Through Thursday question asks:

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 :)


Anonymous said...

Though I usually don't mind giving books away, somehow it really bothers me when I loan out a book and never get it back! I love having my own personal collection, too, and any of the books that have really meant something to me could never be given away! :) I'm too obsessive about them!

JoAnn said...

I go through my books once a year and donate to the library for their sale. I love being surrounded by books, but try not to let them take over the house!

gautami tripathy said...

I like to sort through my books and give those away to different places..

Booking Through Weeding

Unknown said...

Luckily the books I lend out are returned, but I can't say that I'm that good. People have loaned me books, and I still have them 20 yrs later.

BurtonBookReview said...

Thanks for stopping by The Burton Review & your compliment!
I understand the dilemma about loaning books out, I still wonder what happened to one of my precious books that I loaned to an ex-co-worker. It belongs at home with me, and now it's gone! It's aggravating.
Now I loan my books to my mom, because I have the key to her house =)
My husband knew I was a reader back then, but neither of us had any IDEA that 12 years later I would be exploding with books to review. So it's an adjustment that I am happy to make & just have to coax him into setting up more shelves!

Jessica said...

You're so right about lending out books. That's probably the best way to "weed" your collection! I had a funny experience recently; I lent a book to a friend at work and he came back and said, "I love it and I'm going to keep it." At least he was honest!

Anonymous said...

HAHAHA, I love 'his roof slid off' I will remember that.

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