Do you keep your books once you have finished reading them?

@krebstar5 (1267)
United States
February 6, 2007 5:54pm CST
I have such a hard time parting with my books sometimes. I would say that I can only part with the books didn't like that much. The ones I loved stay on my shelf forever. My father on the other hand, gives away his books as soon as he finishes them...even if he loved it. So what do you do with your used books? Sell them? Give them away in hopes of getting others to read? Or keep them because you love them so much?
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• United States
10 Feb 07
I'm for the most part the same way. The books I really really loved I keep and reread at a later date. Then there are books that I liked and bought I've kept them for usually about a year then donate them to the local libraries if I hadn't had the erge to read them again. I give them to the libraries because depend on donations to 1 stack the shelves and 2 for their book sales to pay for supplies and service.
• United States
15 Mar 07
donating is a nice idea:) i usually trade the ones i didnt like to local used books stores. the rest i keep forever, for sentimental reasons and also because ive been known to re read a book 12-429384729384732 times lol
• United States
7 Feb 07
Sometimes I sell them, sometimes I give them away, but the ones I really enjoy, the ones I'll read again and again and again, I keep on my shelf. I do donate books to the library a lot because I live in a small area and even the big library thirty miles from home doesn't always have the widest selection.
@peaceful (3286)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I will usually keep most of the instructional references such as cookbooks, home repair texts ect. but I will give away fictional novels, as well as most magazines... Because I live near four major colleges, it's almost a guarantee that I will find some excellent books from just just taking a simple walk around the neighborhood. When students move out, they always have books to go on the trash heap. Sometimes, I will find loads of books that are in excellent condition and resell them to a local bookseller or donate them to the city's bookbank. I believe in the "Returning Of Knowlege" and I certainly hope that more people get back to reading books, it's not only good for the body, it's good for the mind! :)
@krebstar5 (1267)
• United States
19 Feb 07
I also live near a major university. There are free books everywhere. In fact, there is a bog of free books in my apartment's lobby right now. Sometimes I will add books to that bag when I'm feeling lazy and know that I will not read the book again.
@TerryZ (22085)
• United States
6 Feb 07
I usually give them away I know I will never read them again so why not. I just cant see having them around collecting dust. I like giving alot of my things away if I can make somebody happy then Im happy.
@krebstar5 (1267)
• United States
7 Feb 07
Good point. I should really learn to get rid of the book that I know I will never touch again. It's better to give them to someone else to enjoy.
@healer (1783)
• India
6 Feb 07
Books i respect them, and i buy books that i really like as am lazy i don't read much so the books that i read are usually very famous so never want to part with them, hehe i even don't wanna share with my freinds also. I keep all the books that i get or buy for reading
@krebstar5 (1267)
• United States
7 Feb 07
So you basically have a small collection of high quality books? This way you don't have so-so books taking up space?
@Stringbean (1273)
• United States
6 Feb 07
I keep some of my favorites, but I don't know why since I never bother to read them again. Most of the books I finish get passed on to a friend, or donated to a local thrift shop. One of my friends makes a point of reading every book at least twice just in case she missed something the first time.
@krebstar5 (1267)
• United States
7 Feb 07
Reads every book twice? That's impressive. There are a lot of books i hold onto and never read again. I also wonder why I keep them. Oh, and don't even get me started on the huge pile of books I have that I planned to read and still haven't gotten to...
• United States
6 Feb 07
I am the same way. The books I really love, I keep forever. The others I have read, I usually keep for a few years, and then I donate them to my local library, as long as they are in decent condition. If they have torn pages, etc. I just throw them away.
@krebstar5 (1267)
• United States
7 Feb 07
What a great idea. I've never thought about donating them to the library. I will usuall donate them to Big Brother, Big Sister. Both give back to the community, but it might be nice to give back to the library as well.
@Josette_J (806)
• Malaysia
24 Feb 07
Yes, I usually keep the books after reading them. Well, they are mine to keep after all. And I also borrow books from my sister and I keep the ones I like on my bookshelf. Haha! Books are precious to me and I don't simply lend them or give them away. Once I lent some books to a friend and it took ages to get it back. Call me stingy but I'm not going to lend my precious books again. I'd try to sell the books I don't like on eBay though. It's so that I can earn some money to buy more new books. I think that reading can be an expensive hobby because money keeps flowing out to buy new books but money does not come in. Well, as a student, that's how I feel.
@aleura (51)
• United States
14 Feb 07
I have such a problem getting rid of books. Our house is cluttered with them. It doesn't help that my husband reads every book he likes 3-5 times. He reads so fast that he is always running out of books, so he re-reads. But I'm a pack rat and have a night stand next to my bed of 7 or 8 books I have read or am currently reading. Under the bed is full of books and then we have book shelves that are overflowing. I just forced myself to throw out some of my old college books last year. The ones the school didn't by back. It's kinda sick really. I'm gonna become one of those old people that lives in a house with stacks of books to the ceiling. Then one day the neighbor will call the cops cuz I've been missing and I'll be buried under a pile of them.
@irisheyes (4373)
• United States
8 Feb 07
Once I've read a book I own it. I don't even know why I feel that way since I seldom read a book twice. I guess I just like having them around. A room without books seems kind of barren and unlived in to me.
• United States
8 Feb 07
I keep the books that I really liked, that have special meaning to me or that I might read again. The rest I give to friends or swap or send as random acts of kindness on www.bookcrossing.com Sometimes I donate to the library. A lot of times I give them to my mom to read first. Some of those she passes on to an aunt. Others she gives back and I get rid of via bookcrossing.
@charlazio (215)
• Italy
8 Feb 07
i'm a fool for giving away so many of my books from college, not only textbooks but personal ones as well. i really regret it but then i know that they would probably just collect dust in an attic somewhere.
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
8 Feb 07
I have sold a few of my books on ebay and they actully sell for pretty far prices so it's worth doing.
@freak369 (4851)
• United States
8 Feb 07
You should take his books and sell them online at ebay or amazon, you can ship them media mail rate so it costs a lot less than regular mail. I collect Halloween books so those are ones I never get rid of. Most of the time I donate my old books to the library or the local schools.
• United States
7 Feb 07
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@shywolf (4523)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I haven't really parted with too many of my books. I would be more likely to give them away to friends than think of reselling them, although I could surely use the money. I would just get more satisfaction out of knowing that a good friend was getting to read something that I had personally also enjoyed. Most of my books were bought at used book stores, in the first place. Most of my reading material has been from the library. I don't buy many books these days.
• Switzerland
7 Feb 07
Yep, I keep both the printed and the audio books. Audio Books are mostly from my own shop http://www.AudioBooksCorner.com My wife is an avid reader and listener also, we have nearly all walls full of book shelves.....
• United States
7 Feb 07
For years I never got rid of anything, but it just got to be too much. I sold a lot to Powell's Books here in Portland, because I realized that even though I liked a lot of them when I read them, I'd had them kicking around for years and was unlikely to re-read them. I recently started selling them through Amazon Marketplace and am getting much better rates than when I sold them to the bookstore. Another good way to make money from home, which is a popular topic here on myLot!
@nehakalley4 (1919)
• United States
7 Feb 07
If I have bought the book myself then I certainly keep it with me even after completing it. and if the book belongs to my friend then I return it and buy it myself that book if I liked it even I have read it. Its difficult for me also to part from my books.
@imsilver (1669)
• Canada
7 Feb 07
I think it all depends on the book...lol. I collect 12 different authors right now :) If it's one of their books - of course I keep it. If I really really like a book; I'll keep it and probably start another collection. If I feel that one of my friends might like a particular book, I'll pass it on to them. The rest I put up in the used bookstore @ Silver Sity Mall (link on my page). That's with novels anyways - Cookbooks, natural remedies, any sort of reference book and anything dealing with wicca; they all come in my house and never leave (unless I lend them out - but I have to really really trust a person before I lend out a book.. I've lost so many books by lending them out and never getting them back.