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By the book [Nov. 13th, 2011|09:24 pm]
I really wasn't joking about the Hoarders thing. My house is just scary cluttered right now. We need to do a fling in the worst way.

One of the things I have too many of is books. I love books. I have a really, really hard time getting rid of books, even if I didn't like them when I read them. Even if I've had them for twenty years and haven't gotten around to reading them yet and probably won't get around to reading them in the next twenty, either. This is problematic, because we have limited space to keep books.

Yes, I am aware of the modern invention known as "bookshelves", but we don't have a place to put any. I'm also aware of the even more modern invention known as "ereaders", but no. Just no. It's books I love, not just reading. I'm not particularly enamoured of gadetry in general (I've never even owned an electric can opener) so ereaders don't hold much appeal for me.

Last week, I bit the bullet and added six books to the box Husband was packing up to give away. It was hard. But I was really proud of myself for letting go.

Last night, we stopped by Half Price Books while The Boy was a a birthday party down the street. I bought seven books.

[User Picture]From: onelargecat
2011-11-14 03:47 am (UTC)

I had the same issue with books--never letting any go. They were everywhere in our Boston apartment (which I kind of loved)--we had lots of bookshelves, all of which were full, plus then stacks of books all around. But when we left there, I got a bit overzealous in getting rid of stuff (spurred by a much, much higher estimate from the movers than I'd expected, and it's done by weight) so I ended up giving away nearly all of my books, keeping only a few favorites.

I have regretted it ever since. I don't miss anything else we gave away but the books. OH THE BOOKS.
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2011-11-14 05:10 am (UTC)
It seems like on the few occasions I've actually gotten rid of a book, I end up buying another copy of it later, anyway.
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[User Picture]From: uppity_woman
2011-11-14 04:39 am (UTC)
I'm not a huge book collector myself, although I LOVE to read and always have half a dozen books out from the library. BUT I have a really hard time not letting the kids have a million books, because I want them to love reading (and they do!) so we have that problem for the kids.... and then I get all emotionally attached to their favorite babyhood books that are all ratty and pages missing and useless and.... It's hard!
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[User Picture]From: spinthemoon
2011-11-14 05:09 am (UTC)
Oh, baby books are the hardest. The kids don't mind giving them away, and I'm always saying, "Are you SURE?"
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[User Picture]From: a_joy_shared
2011-11-17 09:21 am (UTC)

books, glorious books

I have that problem. I LOOOVE books. And have a tiny house crammed full of bookshelves piled high with books. And books on the other furniture, including couches. And books on the floor. And the problem is confounded by my also being a Ph.D. student who left her program 10 years ago but is still convinced she will finish her dissertation. Someday.
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