|My current (and always growing!) giveaway pile!|
So now, I want to know: After you've read a book, what do you do with it? I think most people fall into two camps:
- They save each and every book they've ever read, creating their own personal library.
- They love 'em and leave 'em. After reading books, they pass them on.
So which are you? Shall I tell you which am I? I used to be a number 1, saving every book I read (unless it was el sucko) and immediately putting it back into my bookcase. Maybe once or twice a year I would notice that I no longer had room on my bookshelf so I'd do a clear out and take them to a used book store and swap for more books but for the most part I saved books I loved for years, whether they were 'classics' or not.
Then I grew up and moved state and no longer received familial help with my boxes. When you load everything your life contains in one Mazda, you weed through your books. When you live in a tiny room to save money, you weed through your books. Then I started to make money again and my habit escalated to undue proportions and I discovered paperbackswap.com and, well, the rest is history! I read a book and swap it ... for another book! Unless it's a 'classic', I don't keep it. I don't have the space. I have space only for books that I am going to read next because guess what? Unless it's a classic (and yes, Bridget Jones's Diary falls into this category) I have never, ever re-read a book. I give my books to friends if they want to borrow them after I've read them with the expectation that I won't get them back. Why? Because 9 times out of 10 I don't get it back. I used to be so upset but hey, if I've read it and I'm never going to read it again, if you love it let it go! And of course this all works out for you, as I offer books I read up for giveaway too. It's for the best really.
Yes my dream, someday, would be to have a large personal library that is it's own individual room with a plush velvet couch where I can lay all day but right now, that is not my life! So this is where I am at. Lugging around the 75+ books I read a year for the someday, isn't a way forward for me. I prefer the possibilities of the new, the unopened, because there is always the lure of that next great classic in there.
So yes, the question remains, what do you do with your books once you've read them?