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Today’s MUSING MONDAYS post is about a keeping books.
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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I've kept most books I've ever bought.
When I junk out, I just can't let go of books. When I was a kid, I was born into books - Mom had every Agatha Christie, Nero Wolfe and Dick Francis book not to mention dozens of other series or sets.
I was maybe a teenager when I found out I could actually take out 30 books on my library card - not the number Mom told my sister and me while she'd walk out with like sixty books every three weeks!
The books that I got as gifts were very special to me because they were mine - I could read them as many times as I wanted and never had to return them to anyone. Growing up, we didn’t have much money but there was always money for books. Whenever I asked for a book, my parents bought it for me. I’d feel a little guilty so started asking for them for Christmas and Birthdays. (I’d argue with myself that I don’t need to own a book when this city has such a fantastic library system. But I loved my little collections.)
When I got older, I realized how powerful a gift it was to pass a book on to another human being.
I love buying used books because I always imagine their history - who read it before me? What did they think of it?
I love buying new books because they're mine and I if/when I pass them on, I know how that book's history started. (Am I being corny again? Probably.)
Books and Paperwork. My nemesis when junking out because I can't seem to get rid of any of those piles.
Paperwork I'm beginning to master.
Books will always master me...