What do you do with your books after you've read them?

@vicki2876 (5640)
Canada
January 19, 2009 12:03pm CST
Do you have a library like my father. Or are you like me and donate them? Somewhere in between where you give away some and keep the real special ones? Which do you keep and which go? I like to donate mine because I like to share and also live in a small space to keep the books. But there were times that I wished I had kept certain books because I wanted to read them years later. We do have a book case full of books. The children's books stay time they lose interest, but mine are only the ones I have yet to read or are reference books and such.
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@weasel81 (2501)
• Australia
19 Jan 09
i like to keep my books, and will re-read them at some stage. got to get a book shelf to put them on so i can make some space in the hall way. ive still got all my books from when i was younger, not get rid of them either. they live in a big box over at my mums house.
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
19 Jan 09
I would like to have some of my old children's book to read to my children now. LOL Nice
• United States
19 Jan 09
I've got a full and overflowing bookshelf. I'm reluctant to let go of books that I liked. Books that I didn't like, I give away or donate. I hope that one day when I get my own house I can have a huge library.
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
19 Jan 09
One day that can happen. My father had the over flowing shelves but now has a whole library in his house. Thanks
@btamanna (220)
• India
19 Jan 09
it depends on what kinda book it is.....if it is a novel or general book then it is kept wid me only n if it college books or school books i sell them to second hand market n use the money for myself....
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• India
21 Jan 09
eexxxxaaactly.. no point in keeping college books.. unless if u're gonna need any for da next semester :D
@mscott (1924)
• United States
19 Jan 09
I return them to the library. Most of the books I get I check out rather than purchase. It is just cheaper and I don't have to worry about storing them or moving them or even trying to get rid of them. Of course I have some books that I did purchase and they mostly just sit on the shelves collecting dust.
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
19 Jan 09
I also love getting books from the library Thanks
22 Jan 09
Ah libraries....something else I love! It's great when you're going through a phase where you're hungry for stuff to read but have no cash to buy. Of course, as a book collecting enthusiast, this presents me with a problem; if I like the book, I really want to buy a copy for my collection to read again later. I have to make a note of it or add it to my (very, very long) Amazon wish list, so that I don't forget about it. Of course many of them end up on lists for years and get lost. years later I'll see or hear about an old book I liked and it will re-ignite my enthusiasm to get hold of a copy. You know, until contributing the this thread, I hadn't realised what a book nut I was! He he Jazz
• Canada
19 Jan 09
We have SO many books in the house... eek! Each daughter has shelves in her room that are usually full to overflowing. Then, there are two bookshelves in the playroom to handle the rest. Books sort of cycle with them. New ones start in their rooms, to be read and re-read (both are avid readers and have been since before kindergarten!). When the shelves get too full, I ask them to sort through and make a pile to be either donated to the school, sold to the secondhand book store, sold at a garage sale or simply given away to other families. The second pile they make has whatever books they are still interested in reading and those migrate to the downstairs shelves. LOL It's a process we repeat several times a year. I never rush them to get rid of books though. I believe their love of reading has evolved into an aptitude for writing and has also greatly furthered them in their studies.
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
19 Jan 09
Super sweet that they love to read! Our school does a book swap once a year which we LOVE.
• United States
20 Jan 09
I always keep the ones that touch me. It seems I always find a friend or family member to loan it out too which often times leads to great discussions. It is those discussions that mean more to me then what I alone got from reading the book.
@fasttalker (2797)
• United States
19 Jan 09
We have a community book club. A lot of us were talking about this very thing a few years back and we decided to have a meeting once a year and exchange books. I save all of mine up that I wish to get rid of ( I have a few keepers!LOL) and in July we meet at the community center and go through all the books that everyone has donated. What is left we donate to the church for their annual Rummage sale for the kids that go to church camp. We decided on July simply because the church uses the same community building for their sale the following day so we can just leave them there for them and not have to pack them back and forth.
@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
19 Jan 09
That is great! Wish we had a book club here.
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@snowcat46 (2323)
• United States
20 Jan 09
That is such a great idea! How did you get in touch with the different people to set it up?
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• United States
20 Jan 09
We just sprea the word by mouth and posted a few flyers around the neighborhodd letting people know the date to show up if they wanted to be in the "Book Club". The first year we did it we had more people checking it out than actually exchanging books but the following year we had a great turnout. We just set up one table and everyone puts their books on it and goes through to see if anything is of interest to them and takes what they want. We make desserts and have drinks and everyone gets to socialize and visit with each other. When w finish up we just stack th books left nicely and leave them there for the rummage sale the next day. It works out great for us because of the rummage sale. But you could do it in your own home too. Just invite friends over an tell them to bring their books they don't want and do the same thing. Maybe someone would volunteer to take the remaining ones to a City Mission or a rummage sale or have one themselves.
@DonnaLawson (4032)
• United States
20 Jan 09
I have 3 bookshelves of books that I could never part with, most were gifts from my son and most of them are the Stephen King hardcover books which he paid a small fortune for.. I will read everyone of them again before long, so I keep them.. I do also love to read everything I can get my hands on and I have a friend who gives me some books, plus others I find at yard sales.. I love to read Readers Digest and Guideposts also.. Most of my magazines and the Readers Digest and Guideposts are donated to the Ronald McDonald house so that the parents can take them with them as they visit their children in the hospital, they are portable enought to stuff in their purses.. Hardcover book, the ones that I don't keep, are donated to our local library, I usually check out 2 books and donate 2 or 3 when I return the ones that I checked out.. I also keep one of the nurses at my husbands doctor's office supplied in Dean Koontz books.. So, I really do enjoy books and hope everyone else does.. There is no better place to get lost, than in a good book..
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
20 Jan 09
I enjoyed the dark tower series and have read many of king and koontz novels. I have been to Ronald MacDonald House with my son and I say thanks for thinking of the parents there. Sweet!
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• United States
20 Jan 09
I do hope your son is finished with the Ronald McDonald house, it is a great place to visit if you don't have to.. I feel for the parents who have to be there, because of the reasons for being there, so maybe the Guideposts and the REaders Digest help them to escape for a few minutes at a time.. Hope you and your son never have to go back there unless it is a visit only.. Have a great day..
• United Kingdom
19 Jan 09
I just love to read and I don't throw any of my books out. They gather dust over time and I like this as crazy as this sounds! If money was no object then I would love to have my own library with hundreds and hundreds of books! I do have my favourite books out of the bunch and I tend to read them over and over! I'm reading Harry Potter once again!!!! Andrew
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
19 Jan 09
Your dream may come true one day. Enjoy Harry Potter. I also read that series.
@snowcat46 (2323)
• United States
20 Jan 09
I can so relate to that!
@p1kef1sh (45640)
19 Jan 09
Doesn't matter what the book is; I can't get rid of it. I collect them all and rive the family mad as I have towers of books. Should the one on my bedside table ever collapse I will probably be killed! LOL. I am getting back into children's books, some are really excellent. Which reminds me. I have to upload my latest bedtime story to Youtube.
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
19 Jan 09
WOw p1kef1sh! I read some junk in my day I felt guilty giving to another person let alone keep. LOL Thanks
@Rosekitty (19441)
• San Marcos, Texas
20 Jan 09
P1ke..does that mean you found the childrens book for my grandaughter?..she can't wait so let us know when.. xoxoxoxoxo
• United States
20 Jan 09
I keep the ones that I truly love and are part of my series books, and the ones I read that I feel are just ok, I sell to my used book store for credit for new books that I purchase there... it works out great that way and for every 20th book I get a free book.
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@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
20 Jan 09
Sweet free books are always awesome!
• South Africa
19 Jan 09
I tend to get attached to books and keep them. I also have a very bad habit of reading mostly the library books and keeping the ones I buy for a rainy day which never comes. When I've finished a book I own which I do not want to keep, I tend to donate it, usually to the library to sell for extra funds.
@vicki2876 (5640)
• Canada
19 Jan 09
Thanks chocolatechilli, libraries can use the extra funds for sure.
• United States
20 Jan 09
We have cycled through many books, though we are getting a collection of them again. They are mostly ones that have not been read, or I have felt like they have not been read thouroughly enouhg. Since most people are not interested in the things we read, it is very rare if they are given to anyone else.
@mlw32785 (133)
• United States
20 Jan 09
hmmm....this is an excellent question. i like to read them and then give them away. when i was younger and read childen's books i would love to reread them. but now when i read novels it's takes forever for me to finish them. so i really feel like rereading them. i would choose to drop them off at half price books and cash in on them. sometime i give books out on ocassionally. Just depends on how i feel.
@tepitenio (119)
• Israel
20 Jan 09
I dont like to sell books. I am a fanatic of my library and I feel very very blue when my wife force me to put some of my books in a box because there is no more space in the bookshelf. But even I know they are going to a box deep somewhere, I dont know to give them away, they are mine, and I kind of fall in love with every book I read and it is very hard for me. I never give a second thought to this, but now... thanks for making me think more.
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@ikzelf (59)
• Netherlands
20 Jan 09
Well, I don't own a lot of books...mostly I just steal them from my brother...I lend them... The few I own myself, I read a few times...I keep them in a chest...lol
@paoxav (1382)
• Philippines
20 Jan 09
Just stock them on one of my book cabinets for future references. Not just for me but for my family or even my future children. I sometimes lend it to some of my friends and relatives or I just gave way a few of them for those children who really needs it in their education.. IF the book would be I think, is I dont need..
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@makingpots (11922)
• United States
20 Jan 09
I treasure most of my books after I have read them. I have what I consider a library although right now I don't have a physical room that is my library. I have a few paperback books that I enjoy and just pass on, but for the most part I keep my books and treasure them for what I learned from them.
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@mtdewgurl74 (18118)
• United States
20 Jan 09
When I get finished reading my books I either hand them down to my mother or if she is the one who gave them to me I will donate to the library since I love going there and getting books. Makes me feel good about giving the books they are always appreciative. Most books are brand new sometimes. If I kept them they would just collect dust and be in the way.
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@wayz12 (2059)
• United States
19 Jan 09
Since I have moved several times these past few years, I have dramatically cut down on purchasing books. I usually use the local library as my source of reading material, and I only buy books that I really want to add to my collection. Right now, my library is predominantly filled with self-help books and fiction books that have elevated themselves into favorites and worthy to be keepers. I rarely buy anything that I don't want to keep.