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Do you keep your books?

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Post by Mythica » Mon April 25th, 2011, 9:59 am

[quote=""Veronica""]This might have already been discussed but I couldn't see it anywhere.
Most people on this forum seem to buy a lot of books ( I thought I was bad until I met you guys! ;) ) which make me wonder following;

1) How many books do you estimate to own?

2) Do you keep all the books you buy? (Cause surely we would all run out of space if we did?)[/quote]

That's one of the main reasons I switched to ebooks - I don't have the space for all the books I read! In the past, I would usually pass most novels along to my friends and family without expecting them back and only keep my favorites... but then I moved to England and none of my friends/in-laws here read the genres I like. So the books quickly started piling up - donating novels was a possibility since I don't reread them but it's a pain and I'd gotten into non-fiction history books which I wanted to keep for reference purposes (not that I'm a writer or academic but just for my own personal knowledge). Ebooks became an ideal solution for keeping hundreds, even thousands of books without taking up space.

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Post by Madeleine » Mon April 25th, 2011, 11:34 am

Oh dear, I'd be scared to do them individually - maybe I will do a listing on Library thing one day! - but at a guess I'd say about a thousand.....

I rarely give books away unless I loathe them - take a bow Mr Whicher - although lately I have been trying to prune them a bit, so for example any easy-to-read thrillers go once I've read them, either to a charity shop or friends who sell books for their charity. I've also decided to put out a few books that I haven't read but have gone off the author's style; and they may include James Patterson's women's murder club books - I'll read one more, and if I don't like that then the others will go to new homes unread. But the majority of them will have a home, especially series of books, and books I love, and sometimes just because they've got a gorgeous cover!
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Post by fljustice » Mon April 25th, 2011, 4:52 pm

I kept every book I bought until I moved into Manhattan. With space at a premium, I kept only my research books and the novels I loved. For 16 years, the local library and Salvation Army got regular donations. Now I live in a big old rambling Victorian, but still have the giveaway habit; mostly to family, friends, Bookcrossing and charity donations. I estimate I have about a thousand books in the house at any one time (and my daughter and husband another 300-500) but the fiction "churns" and moves on.
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Post by SGM » Mon April 25th, 2011, 5:01 pm

I simply don't have space for all the books I buy and so a lot of fiction eventually goes to a charity shop. I rarely give away non-fiction any more having pruned the ones I had to have because of college courses a long time ago. And I can't see the point of putting books in the attic.

I am in the process of cataloguing mine now just so I can find a book when I want it. Unfortunately, alphabetical by author doesn't work for me because my bookcases are differing sizes and some won't fit the bigger books.

Hence, I am afraid I am a very willing accepter of the electronc age. Mind you I now have so many gbytes of pdfs and ePub books, I had to buy a 1-tb external storage drive -- thank heavens they are going quite cheaply now.

Bad luck for the charity shops though as I really don't think I will be donating so much in future. However, I am unlikely to stop buying books from them.
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Post by Sharz » Mon April 25th, 2011, 6:36 pm

I'm not sure how many I have, and I keep probably 90% of what I acquire. I have something like 8 full height bookcases and several half. I just added more bookshelves in Feb, but I'm already out of space again. I need to do a complete re-organize, re-evaluate, and discard. But generally, I keep non-fiction and any fiction that I would rate at 3 or above on a scale of 5. (I am a re-reader, although not nearly so much as I used to be.) Since joining HF board here and at PBS, almost everything I read now fits the bill for a keeper. :) The one exception is HR. I turn to them for bubble gum reads whem I'm stressed, but only about a dozen or so have made my keeper shelves.
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Post by Margaret » Mon April 25th, 2011, 9:30 pm

Since joining HF board here and at PBS, almost everything I read now fits the bill for a keeper.
That is so cool!
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Post by Ash » Tue April 26th, 2011, 12:13 am

I used to keep all, but then I married someone else with books, and well, all the bookshelves he could build couldn't keep up. So I trade my books in for credit, usually books I couldn't finish or not that wild about. About once a year I go through all my shelves; if there are books that I barely remember what it was about, and there is no other reason to keep it (sentimental, reminds me of a time/place that I read it), it goes. I also go through my TBR shelves. If I've tried a book three times with no luck, its gone. I should dump the books that have been on the TBR shelf for more than a year, but I can't bear to - there's usually a very good reason I bought those books (often on someones rec) that I always think I'll be missing out if I let it go.

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Post by Veronica » Tue April 26th, 2011, 1:40 am

I sometimes find it hard to justify keeping things that only end up collecting dust. :p However I do enjoy my books so why not keep them?
I had a brief count of my books and I only have around 500. I began reading again, after years of break, in 2008. So the chance is that I will have more books in the years to come!
I intend to keep my books as I am very selective when I buy them. I only buy books that I know I will read and in case of second hand books they need to be in good condition, otherwise I wont buy them. So in a way I clean out my bookcase (and boxes as I need to buy more bookcases.)
I might add that I don't re-read any books, there is simply too many books on the market to have time for that. :)
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Post by LoobyG » Tue April 26th, 2011, 11:02 am

I don't think I'd dare count up my books, it'd give my boyfriend more ammunition to nag me everytime I buy more :D Luckily, he's into motorbikes and mechanical things which don't live in the house, so all the books apart from one shelf are mine. I'd guess I have roughly 1500-2000 books, the majority of which are in my loft conversion which I'm going to make into a library/study. I do try and have a cull every so often, I'll give books away that I couldn't get into to the charity shop :) I do love books!

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Post by Madeleine » Tue April 26th, 2011, 11:17 am

I used to keep 2 lists of books - one was "to buy", the other was "to be read", but of course as I bought books and added them to the tbr list it meant a lot of doubling up - this was all done in a notebook rather than a spreadsheet or other doc where I could just have "moved" a title from one list to the other, so I merged them into one list, but it was becoming so long that I gave up on it after a while! I'm now sort of tempted to join Library Thing, but also a bit scared. Do I really want to list them all, will I remember to add new ones or amend the list ie when I've read a book, or am I on enough book forums already?! It does sound like fun though, sort of.
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