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The books we keep

To start preparing for our move, I've been going through the books on the shelves and in the few boxes we kept in the apartment (there are several more in the storage locker that I'm not going to bother with quite yet), deciding which ones I really want to haul with us to the new place. Deciding which to keep and which to put up on BookMooch or sell or give away has been an interesting process.

These are the sorts of books I keep:

-books I love, or at least like a great deal, that I will likely read over again (if I haven't already)

-any nonfiction that relates to novel ideas I've had in the last several years (even those that never got past the planning stage--I really hate losing potential reference materials, and considering how often I come back to old ideas, this is a good thing)

-books I liked at least moderately, that did something I'd like to do in my own writing really well (might want to reread to study those elements)

-books that are really popular in a genre I write in/hope to write in (this includes a few books I didn't even like enough to finish) to reference for market considerations

-and, of course, books I mean to read but haven't gotten around to doing it yet

Which still makes for an awful lot of books. And honestly, I'd like to keep every book I even liked moderately, whether it's relevant to my own writing or not... but we just don't have space for that. When we have a whole house to fill, I'm sure my book-pack-rat tendencies will come back in full force. :)

How about you? Do you hold on to books, or give them away easily? Which books do you keep after you've read them?



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Jul. 18th, 2008 01:18 pm (UTC)
I'm a book horder. (15 years in the library field makes me want to keep a library.. and so the books stay until my wife takes them from me while I'm kicking and screaming.) usually she makes me weed through books I don't intend to reread anytime soon. And with an entire room of books that is easy to say that there will be quite a few of those. My current To Be Read Bookcase has more than 2 years worth of books on it at my reading pace.

The only section that can't get weeded from is the signed book collection. That part is gaining at a very fast rate though.

Followed by the next section that I hope to grow. That being the ones were authors gave me a thanks in the front credits. (Can never have too many of these.)

Jul. 18th, 2008 01:41 pm (UTC)
I am also a book hoarder. I have a very hard time letting go. I have been working at bookstores for the last 5 years so I tend to buy A LOT of them.
If I really don't like it or am very bored by it, I do get rid of it, but mostly I keep them because returning and re-reading a good story is one of my comfort things.
Makes moving a bitch though. When I moved back in January I had rented a 16 ft truck and I think about 2/3 of it was just boxes of books and records.
Jul. 18th, 2008 02:42 pm (UTC)
I collect girl series books, so keep everything that falls into that category even if it's not a favorite. I have a home library devoted to this collection with over 5,000 books. As for books I read, I used to keep everything but now am passing on the books that I only liked and keeping those I love.
Jul. 18th, 2008 04:53 pm (UTC)
I keep everything I know I'll read again (which is about 300 books, in and of itself), and anything I think the kids might like (another 300+)...so yeah, we have a lot of books! WE had more a little over a year, when I purged and got ride of another 300 or so ;)
Jul. 23rd, 2008 02:04 am (UTC)
I hang on to 'em -- my mom actually asked me, upon seeing all my books, "What happens if you have to move?"

I said, "I can't." :-D
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My Books

Earth & Sky
(Earth & Sky #1, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2014

The Clouded Sky
(Earth & Sky #2, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

A Sky Unbroken
(Earth & Sky #3, science fiction YA)
Skyscape/Razorbill Canada, 2015

The Way We Fall
(Fallen World #1, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2012

The Lives We Lost
(Fallen World #2, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2013

The Worlds We Make
(Fallen World #3, apocalyptic YA)
Disney-Hyperion, 2014

Those Who Lived: Fallen World Stories
(Fallen World #3.5, apocalyptic YA)
self pubbed, 2014

Give Up the Ghost
(paranormal YA)
Henry Holt, 2009

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