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Thursday, October 22, 2009

Books are taking over my house. I have to-be-read piles, give-to-the-church-library piles, return-piles, and put-on-the-bookshelf-for-eternity piles. It's hard for me to get rid of books, which is one of the reasons I love my Kindle. I can still read and not have clutter around my house. Well, that's the goal anyway.

So here's my question for you today. How do you decide which books to keep and which ones to give away? I know it's a hard question, so you may want to consider this after you've had your morning coffee.

Is it the breath-taking plot? The unforgettable characters? The autograph on the front? The sentimental value (a book from Great Aunt Gertrude the day before she died)?

There are books in your home you have been unable to part with--what makes them special to you?

Diann Hunt  
posted at 6:46 AM  
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At 8:09 AM, Blogger Never2manybooks said...

I keep very few books due to the clutter. But if God has used a book to teach me a profound truth, I keep it-fiction and non-fiction. I keep books that really resonate with me when I read them. I also keep gifts from people no longer with us. My aunt gave me many books as a child that I keep because now that she is gone it is like having her here when I read her heartfelt inscriptions. FYI: write inscriptions in the books you give-you keep talking to your loved ones through them.

At 8:20 AM, Blogger SketchGirl said...

That's why I love ebooks. The books that I give away are mainly short stories like heartsong presents or 3 in 1 books.
The books I keep are ones that are my favourite series that I just can't part with it and made a real impact on me at the time I read it or the make me laugh.

At 8:44 AM, Blogger Colleen Coble said...

I have a library with fabulous shelves built by my husband Dave. So I have the luxury of keeping books but even with my great library, I can't keep them all. I only hang onto the ones signed or ones that I know I'm going to reread. I might reread them because the story touched me so much or because I want to study how the author did what he/she did. Or I just need to relax and reread a great story again.

At 9:45 AM, Blogger Sandra Heska King said...

I have an AWFUL time parting with books. I have a collection of cookbooks. Picture books. Bible study books. Medical/nursing/MT books. History books and texts. Bibles and Bible commentaries. Writing craft books. Nonfiction. Fiction. Autographed books.

I write in my books. Lately even fiction as I take them apart for a review or simply for learning. They are my friends. My family. I follow my personal growth by observing my markings. Thumbing through them is relaxing.

A handful of books did not survive my latest declutter rampage, like old textbooks. Some old cookbooks. I'm blessed to have tons of shelves.

Bric-a-brac goes.

Not books.

How do you write in a Kindle?


At 9:47 AM, Blogger Christy--Southern Sassy Girl said...

After I read a book, I only keep it if it was one that I just couldn't put down (Julie Lessman's books are an example). Also, I have several friends that I loan books to, and those can't-put-down books are usually the ones that are parceled out.

I also have a few that are autographed that I keep, but not many. Since I have about 1300+ books in my house, there's no way I can keep all of 'em!

At 11:55 AM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

Interesting to see what you all wrote.

Sandy, I don't write in my Kindle. I just use it for reading books. I can store a lot of books in it and, as a result, reduce my clutter. :-)

At 12:15 PM, Blogger Hannah Alexander said...

Diann, you may someday talk me into getting a Kindle. I have five bags of books I'm taking to the church library. I love the books, but there's just no more room. However, I always know I can return to the church library and read them again, since it's my church. That's going to be something to consider if Mel and I ever think of changing churches!

At 1:31 PM, Blogger Sandra Heska King said...

Diann, I see so many advantages of a Kindle. I think I want one. But still...there's something about touching and feeling and smelling, and marking up and even just sitting with and gazing on the spines of shelved books. I think they talk to me...

At 1:56 PM, Blogger Edna said...

If the books are getting too many for you just send them over to my house, I will read and then give to a woman's group that sends books to the service men and women.


At 1:59 PM, Blogger Sarah said...

Get rid of books? People do this? Writers do this?

I just got rid of my first box of books in probably ten years. It was *very* hard. I only got rid of those that I've never re-read. And they didn't go far - just to the church library where I can visit them if I need to.

At 3:18 PM, Blogger Diann Hunt said...

You're right about the Kindle, Sandy! I love the feel of a "real" book in my hands, too. I'll never be able to give up the real books completely, but the Kindle helps keep my stash down a little. :-)

Edna, thanks for the suggestion. Right now I give my books to our church library and friends, but I'll keep your suggestion in mind. My nephew will soon be deployed, I would like to hear more about getting books overseas to the military. Who could I talk to about that? I'd like to get a group here that could do that.

At 6:30 PM, Blogger Leticia said...

I love books and I do have quite a few much to my husband's chagrin, but he'll get over it.

When I check out a book at the library and I fall in love with the book and know I will re-read it again I will buy it.

I very rarely get rid of books unless it is a book that was given to me that I know I just won't read, it will be given to someone who will appreciate or it goes to the Goodwill.

At 11:35 PM, Blogger Cheri said...


First, I never loan a book unless I am OK with it not being returned or lost. I let my family read them, they let their friends and family read them and if any come back, they go to my daughter's church library in MO.

I usually keep books I read too fast the first time, or it is a book that touched me in special way. Although my church has a bookstore (so I can buy more books), we don't have a library. Our pastor always says if you see a need volunteer, but I know very little about the Dewey Decimal System.

I have given away books on airplanes, left them in doctors' offices, ER waiting rooms are always empty of good reading material...

Libraries have a day to sell extra copies/donated books to make money for our library (I thought that was why I paid taxes), and after my next 'shelf cleaning', I think I will give some books to the local womens shelter.

Too much info? I LOVE books and if I can share a great 'read' with someone else, I can add a new one to my "must read" stack of books!

Thanks for asking, LOL

At 7:59 AM, Blogger The Farmer's Wife said...

Who gets rid of books? I consider them insulation, when shelved against the outside walls, and if stacked appropriately, they can form lovely end-tables and forts for the children! And I write in mine, too.

I have a terrible attachment for books I've read. Do you know of a therapy group for people like me? A 12 step program to help us let go?

At 10:18 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I keep the books of writers I love and whose writing skills I study and grow from. Waving at Diann. :D Actually, waving at all of you.

But the rest, I have 2 homes for: one is my local dialysis center. People who get dialysis have to sit for hours at a time, a few days a week. How nice to have good, inspirational books to read. :)

The other place is a missionary couple in Romania. They have no TV and read for their entertainment and relaxation. They love Christian fiction. :)

So nowadays, my "keeper" pile is much smaller. But certain books will always be like old friends. Some are silver and the others, gold. ;)

At 10:19 AM, Blogger Ane Mulligan said...

I'm putting a Kindle on my Christmas list. I like to take books when I travel, and the extra weight has cost me a few times. LOL

At 5:43 PM, Blogger quietspirit said...

I would want to keep my reference books, both writing and Christian.

I have this situation: My husband keeps telling me not to bring home anymore books. But I love books. I try to share some with one of my best friends. I have some to pass onto her. I also have another friend who will get them if I get them back.

At 8:26 PM, Blogger Amy said...

Right now, I do not have space for books. If I really like a book, I will send it on to a friend-share with them my treasure.

At 9:22 PM, Blogger Beth said...

Keep them all and add-on a library room. Also, are you doing the Nanowrimo?

At 8:37 AM, Blogger Beth said...

I really struggle to get rid of books. When we moved house, I arranged my new room so that I now have one whole wall filled with bookshelves, and I now have books floor to ceiling!
I try to give books away rather than sell them, and I only give away books that I really don't want to read again. Although if they were part of a series and I like the others in the series I will keep them.
Actually I tried to give away some books earlier this year, but no one in my area wanted them, and I can't afford the postage to send them overseas to the people there who were interested.
I currently have a small pile of books that I'll be giving away. Yes, they are good books, but I won't be reading them again.


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