Do you keep the books you've read or get rid of them?

United States
March 29, 2009 3:54pm CST
I love to read and I have a hard time giving up my books (fiction). I have over 200 books right now, some I have read and some I haven't. I have so many that there's 4 boxes full in my storage unit! Years ago when I was pregnant with my son, I had to get rid of about 150 paperbacks to make room for baby things. I absolutely hated having to get rid of my books! I have donated books to the library and I have traded some in at used book stores. My fiance is about to ban me from going into bookstores! lol What do you do with your finished books? Do you have a hard time getting rid of them?
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@balasri (26546)
• India
30 Mar 09
I am under the impression that I keep all the books that I have finished reading.But I can see only a fraction of them are remaining with me.God knows whatever happened to the others and how they disappeared.Books are on of those things that people never return back after borrowing.
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@sandal13 (143)
• India
30 Mar 09
well, i am a book lover and i think i treat them as TREASSURE, i can nevr ever think of getting rid of them cos they have special memories attached to my life. there r some of the books from my teenage ,college n school if i get rid of them it would mean as if i am getting rid of something which was an essential part of my life. I am sorry but i m really emotional for my books. i know you r too! but if ur fian'ce has imposed a ban on the books then probably u can revise ur collection n see to it that u hold back some of the most interesting books n donate those which r not really of ur concern!
@Sillychick (3279)
• United States
30 Mar 09
I either keep them or trade them with a friend of mine who also loves to read. I always hang on to my favorites, and end up rereading them, some several times if I really love them. I got to the point once where I had to get rid of them, so I had a garage sale and sold some of them. The rest I brought to the library for a book sale. I love book sales and bookstores. My husband is the same. Books are everywhere, and sometimes he gets upset if I go to a book sale, because we have so little space.
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@parvezs (106)
• India
29 Mar 09
I love reading and I do rspect books so I never get rid of the books I have completed reading. I have a big study room where I have many books. I stote all my read and unread books. I do offer many people to read from my collection of books but if incase anyone wants my book for few days I say I will get you a new one as whichever book I am having are my favorite ones and good ones. reading is my childhood habit. There is no such problem of making room and all as I already have a seprate room for my books.
• United States
30 Mar 09
I never have had a problem giving my books to people to read either. In fact, I had a huge collection of Stephen King books about 12 years ago that I "loaned" to a friend of mine. Much later I asked her about those and she told me she sold them at one of her garage sales! I wish I would've known because one of the books I really would've like to have gotten back...so, I had to go out to the local thrift shop and purchase another copy!
• United States
29 Mar 09
well i dont really like to read books. but i kind of know what you mean, when i was younger i had this one book and i read it ALL the time i would have never got rid that book.l but honestly i think you should just give them up, you know read them onvce and be done with it, besdies you could give them to salvation army or something and do good with them. just if you dont read them alot get rid of them, honestly when theyre in your storage unit are you reading them? nope. and when you get rid of them it probably wont be that much diffeerent. you should pick a limit as to how many books you can keep at a time and stick with that itd be good for you and alot of others including the baby.
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• United States
30 Mar 09
Thanks for your reply. I actually trade books with my mom alot. So, that helps out but still...there's just something about getting rid of them. I suppose my book collecting is not that much different than someone that collects movie dvd's (as an example). Only reason why I have books in my storage unit is because I don't have room for them in the apartment & those books I haven't read them all yet. I suppose if they were in my place then I wouldn't keep getting more & more books though. And don't worry about the baby...he's now 13 years old! lol
@tcycharmy (102)
• United States
29 Mar 09
No I don't because I never get rid of my books. As a child I got rid of my books, but have regretted it ever since so I never get rid of book, unless I really disliked the book, which is rare. Like you, I absolutely love to read. I'm twenty-five years old and people find it weird that I rather read then do something else. I'm more of a homebody, so reading relaxes and excites me because so much goes on in one book. As of right now I have approxiately 800 books all of different genres and age groups. I would have been devasted if I had to get rid of my books. Right now I'm rooming with my sister and nephew so there is no extra space, but when I get my own house I'm going to have one room that is a "library." Nothing but books and armchairs. I'm not sure if you live in a house or apartment, but couldn't you have stored them in boxes and put them in the garage? That way when you do have room you can just pull them out. I get the majority of my books from the local libraries as they sell alot of good and excellent condition books for cheap. Last week I got about 12 books for 3 dollars. The problem with this is because you can get books for so cheap you tend to buy alot and more often so I have to restrain myself and only go either every few months or when I read all my last batch. As of right now I am overflowing and have to get another bookshelf.
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• United States
29 Mar 09
I actually still have some of the books I had as a child boxed up somewhere. I live in an apartment right now and have 2 bookshelves full. As I mentioned, I have about 3 or 4 boxes in storage full of books right now. I would LOVE to someday have a room that is just full of books like you're planning on doing. In fact, when we move that is one of the things that I'm going to try to do. I've purchased some of the books from the library for 50 cents/book for paperback. And like you, I have to also restrain myself from buying too many!
@cream97 (29151)
• United States
30 Mar 09
Hi, kaylor98275! I usually will keep my books, but when it is time for me to get organized, I will get rid of them. I have actually thrown good books in the trash can. I never donated them. Next time I will. I got rid of about 50 books in 2007. I had so many books that I did not know where to put them at. I got stuck with so many books till my head was spinning! When I read a great book of mines, I will keep it for a while, but later down the line, I will eventually throw it away. I no longer need it nor do I have the space for it anymore.
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@angemac23 (2004)
• Canada
30 Mar 09
I keep all of my books as I like to collect them.
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@sudalunts (5526)
• United States
30 Mar 09
I usually keep the books that I have read. Actually, most of them are hard cover, and that would be such a waste to read them and then throw them away. I have boxes of books in my attic. Usually, whenever we have a garage sale, I will put the books out. If they are not sold, I will leave the box out as free items, and people can come by and take whatever they want.
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@dodo19 (42604)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
29 Mar 09
I usually keep the books. I really enjoy reading, which is why I keep most of the books that I have. I don't keep everyone of them, but quite of them.
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@jonesy123 (3949)
• United States
29 Mar 09
I keep all of them. Ever since I was little. Well, the ones I bought. I got hundreds from the library, which of course I had to return, lol. Anyhow, some books I had to leave in Germany when I moved to the US. Most of them of course were childrens books which I didn't mind my nephews to have. The rest were absorbed by my parents into their library... I guess I'll never get those back. Would be expensive to get them all here anyway. Might as well buy new ones then;)
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@fasttalker (2796)
• United States
30 Mar 09
I have several friends, like myself, that are avid readers. So a few years ago we started a book exchange. Once a year we meet and bring our old books and exchange with each other. It works out great. You don't really feel like you're getting rid of something when you get something in return! We discuss what we have read and have snacks and just socialize while we exchange books. Any left overs go to the church rummage sale.
• United States
30 Mar 09
Oh, I like your idea of friends meeting and exchanging books! I wish I had friends that like to read because I would definitely do something like that! I'll have to see if there's anything like that around me.
@jcj_111776 (3220)
• Philippines
30 Mar 09
I keep them all!Much to my husband's frustrations.He keeps telling me that one day, I'll just wake up one day to find my books(romance novels) gone. And to this, I tell him, if he does that, one day he'll wake up one day, and find his old books missing, too! Several years ago, I tried disposing some of them. But it was not easy for me. My books are my babies, too. I reread some of them sometimes, if I have the leisure time. But I definitely don't want to dispose them. So, I made a place for them in the house. I had an extra shelf built just for them.
• United States
30 Mar 09
My fiance tells me the same thing! lol He's even told me that I'm not allowed to buy anymore books! Of course, he's partially kidding when he says that. If we're at a store and I'm reading the back of a book he says, "Put the book down!". But he's not nasty about it. It's kind of turned into a private joke between us now. I think he's realized that my books are important to me (for whatever reason) but he still likes to tease me! :)
• China
30 Mar 09
Well, it depends on what kind of books. If they are not my favourite books, I may get rid of it when I've finished reading it. In other cases, I prefer to keep them. I often find out some old books to re-read when I have some leisure time. Each time I re-read it, I get a new feeling.
• United States
30 Mar 09
I have certain books that I've read that I didn't care for all that much. I found that those were much easier to give away or donate!
@Jennlk84 (4216)
• United States
29 Mar 09
Up until about 4 months ago, I always kept the books I bought and read. I am getting married this year though and moving, so I decided I needed to go through my books at both my parents house and at my apartment and just get rid of those ones I knew I'd never read again. So i went through them and sold the ones I knew I didn't want/need to keep to a Used Book Store. It was nice making some money off of them yet it was hard to sell them! Because I have so many books, my new rule is that if I think I'll never read the book again, I can sell it. Otherwise, I keep it.
• United States
29 Mar 09
When I took my books and traded them in at the used book store, I got store credit to buy MORE books! lol That was okay though because eventually I was able to build up my collection again!
@mimiang (3768)
• Philippines
10 Apr 09
I keep them for review next time
@twoey68 (13650)
• United States
10 Apr 09
I never throw my books away...they are like old friends. Some have been read so many times that the pages are falling out. I love looking for books when I go to different places like yard sales, flea markets and second hand stores. By all means, send your books to me if you want to find them a new home LOL [b]~~AT PEACE WITHIN~~ **STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS**[/b]
@albert2412 (1782)
• United States
30 Mar 09
Where i live the local library accepts donated books and resells them up in front. You can donate whatever you like for the books. That is normally where i like to get my books. At least that way I do not have to go back to the library every two weeks when the books come due to be returned (when I check out books). I like to keep my books, although sometimes I do give one away. When I keep them, I can reread books later on that I especially like. A good book is a good joy in life.
30 Mar 09
if i did read more often, then yes i would keep the books so i could pass them onto freinds or relatives
@clorissa123 (4930)
• United States
30 Mar 09
I usually tried to keep my books. In other situation, similar to yours, like I need room for something else. I might consider get rid of those used books. Since I read them once, there is a remote possibility that I would read them again.