Have you thrown a book out to the garbage?

Philippines
May 24, 2007 12:00pm CST
It is sad for my part to throw out any books away even though I have read and used them for quite some time. I'm a self-confessed bookworm, and it never ever crossed my mind to throw away a book - purposely or not. What about you? Have you thrown a book away - voluntarily or forced? I'd like to know where some books went these days.
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@biwasaki (1745)
• United States
26 May 07
I'm a bookworm as well. I've never been able to bring myself to throw a book away. If I have to get rid of it, I'll take it to one of the local thrift stores. Lately though, I've been swapping books at: http://www.bookmooch.com or http://www.paperbackswap.com Another good site that will buy certain types of books back is: http://www.bluerectangle.com/buyback
• Philippines
26 May 07
Yeah, I'm on bookmooch too. Add me up: irisbuen is my ID. Look forward to keep swapping books with you. Thanks for the response.
@biwasaki (1745)
• United States
26 May 07
I sent a request for you to add me as a friend on BookMooch. My user ID there is the same as it is here. Thanks!!
• Philippines
29 May 07
it didn't cross my mind to throw my books either. In fact, I preserve my old books. Books are very much sacred for me because it contains a lot of information that's why never will I throw a book. I also don't cut pages of my books and I photocopy it every time it is needed. I also don't want to give away my books except the text books which I donate to the ones who need it.
• Philippines
29 May 07
Books are really helpful and are brimming with information. I don't take any damage of my books, I get sad when they are creased, torn or has blotches of water. I love books, except for the textbooks that usually make me bored (when the information doesn't really help, it confuses!). It's sad that you don't give away your books. Mine are being traded on Bookmooch.com and I'm hoping to have a mooched book by this year. Thanks for your response!
@4cuteboys (4102)
• United States
25 May 07
Yes, but only if they couldn't be repaired, basically ruined. If they are books that I just don't want to keep around anymore, I just take them to the library or give them away on freecycle. I have never been forced though and usually it's just my 2 year old's books. Sometimes he rips them beyond repair. It makes me sad to toss books too! I love books!
• Philippines
25 May 07
Yeah, I have books over here (usually textbooks) that are basically ruined because of the duration they were in the boxes upstairs. Although I don't usually read them, they are still books after all...
• United States
24 May 07
I have books from when I was a youngester that my children now read. My mom had signed me up for the weekly reader club and every month I received 2 new books for about 10 years. I have so many books that they have filled up my bokcases and I also have about 4 big boxes filled. Some of the books I have I read with a lot of care. To turn a crisp yellow page to fast means missing several words the next time I read them. I try never to throw a book away because I like to take a vacation through them once in a while. I ahve a tendency to "live" in the books I read.
• Philippines
24 May 07
You know I could relate to you. I love books but I don't like reading them almost everyday to the point that I lose interest in them - I take vacation too. I do agree with you, I also tend to live in the world inside the book I am currently reading. Hehe! Thanks for your answer.
@calvin222 (1607)
• India
24 May 07
books are to be prserved and read and reread over the years. i recently reread a book i bought 22 years ago. ( i write the date i buy them ) and it was a pleasure.
• Philippines
24 May 07
Really? You do write the date? I think you are a passionate reader because you'd like to keep track of the information regarding your books. Thanks for participating in my discussion. I wish for many years of satisfaction between you and your books! More power!
• United States
24 May 07
I throw away books that I consider such garbage they're not even worth passing on. It doesn't happen very often, but once in a while I read a book because of a recommendation or a review and it turns out to be trash. If they're worth being read again, by somebody, I'll give them to the library or one of the local thrift stores. But most of the books I read, I keep.
• Philippines
24 May 07
Thanks for your answer. I also experience having read a good recommendation where in fact I didn't like the book. But it seems I am very attached to my books so I didn't have the guts to throw them away, even if they are damaged. When they only have replacement, it is most likely that I do throw them.
@patrice7 (1194)
• United States
24 May 07
well i have thrown a book. oh, actually i tore it apart and threw it away..i could have burned it, but i didnt becayse i had no match at that time. well i love books and i love novels and i am also a bookworm. but there is one kind of book that i would not hesitate to destory if it came near me.. its the mathematics books or anything with that theme. i would gladly burn it and never feel remorse.. oh well, thats how i hate math.
• Philippines
24 May 07
I had the same hatred for Math like you do, but not to the point that I am eager to destroy it, burn it or otherwise rip it apart or to throw away to rot in the garbage. After all, it's still a book right? But I do understand that Math books are to be despised, especially when they add headaches instead of simplifying difficult Math problems! Ack!
@nancygibson (3738)
• France
24 May 07
In my mind the only reason to ever throw out a book is if it is too damaged to be passed on to someone wlse who may want to read it. If I have no use for a book otherwise it goes to a charity shop or a book exchange.
• Philippines
24 May 07
When I have finished reading a book, and it seems that I can't have the guts to repeat it again I sign it up for trading or swapping. Bookmooch.com is a good site if you don't want your books anymore, but would like to read those you want but can't afford. This week I am receiving 2 books from my Bookmooch friends!
@toe_ster (771)
• United States
24 May 07
I am the ame. A self confessed bookworm. I love to keep books around in the off chance I can reread them again. However I have small children. Small hands that like torip things. So there have been a few torn up books that had to be tossed, because there wasn't enought ape in the world you tape up a chewed up tore up fifty pages in a book. It breaks my heart.
• Philippines
24 May 07
Yeah, I've been there myself (as a child). My mom used to scold me for being a wrecker of many things. From then, I learned to keep them in shape and in good condition. Thank you for your answer.
@Kythe42 (1412)
• United States
24 May 07
The only time I might ever throw a book away is if it is in really bad condition and I have another copy. I rarely ever throw books away even if I haven't read them in years. I swear there is a whole bookcase in the hallway outside my bedroom that has all these books that I used to read when I was a little kid. They got passed down to both of my younger sisters. Now both of my sisters are too old to read those children's books. A few times we gave some of the books to relatives that have young children, but there are still a lot left. ~Kythe43 http://lemurianphoenix.blogspot.com
• Philippines
24 May 07
Me either. I only throw away books when they're no longer useable and/or I have a good-conditioned copy of the same book.