Do you keep all the books you ever buy? Just the ones you love? Just collectibles? What do you do with the ones you don’t want to keep?
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In the past I have always kept all my books. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to get me to actually hand them over. I think that this is because growing up, while I never wanted for books, new books weren’t an every-day occurrence.
When I started working I’ll confess to having gone a little book-buying crazy (you mean I can buy a book whenever I want? Really??) which did result in my bookshelves exploding just a little. And let’s face it, ,most readers want a huge home library and are therefore a little loathe to give them away anyways.
However now that I’ve starting buying the bulk of my books through the library or second hand bookstores, I find I’m far more willing to pass them on. I like having a book that someone else has owned, and so like to pass it on so someone can have it for awhile.
If it’s a book I think someone in particular will like I will pass it one (which usually means either my cousin, or Wendy) but for the most part I usually save up a little stockpile and then drop them off at the Blue Dragon, the second hand bookstore/book exchange I like. This week I dropped of some books and ended up with a $25 credit… not that I ever leave the store with any credit left!