hanging on to books (Was Re: RE: Adaptations

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Thu Jun 13 17:24:50 EDT 2002

There are of course problems in keeping anything of
interest, especially if you family has not one, but
four, bibliophiles as mine does. This is how we have
ended up with 9,000 books (and yes i have catalogued
them all on the computer - complete with Dewey numbers
for the 4,000 odd non-fiction - maybe I'll give a
breakdown for the next time we do an introduction).
Last time we moved house the removals truck was fined
for being overweight - and we had left all the
furniture behind! (except for the book shelves of

Jon Noble

--- Kale <kaledann at yahoo.com> wrote:
> --- "Ian W. Riddell" <iwr77 at hotmail.com> wrote:
> > Mark is generally supportive of my reading habit,
> > but not so supportive 
> > (ahem!) of my habit of actually buying and keeping
> > books that I read (as 
> > opposed to using the library more or trading them
> > in). He just doesn't 
> > understand the need to hang on to them so that on
> > that day I wake up at 3am 
> > and just HAVE to read "The Tombs of Atuan" or "To
> > Kill a Mockingbird" I'll 
> > have them handy :-)
> That's exactly it.  That's why I have a hard time
> letting go of any book, even if I don't see myself
> reading it in the foreseeable future.  I still have
> books on my shelves that I haven't read yet.  I had
> the complete LoTR ready when I decided to read it
> after watching the movie.  (Good thing, too, as it
> was
> in such demand that there wasn't a copy available in
> the library system.)  It's why I hung onto Eight
> Days
> of Luke long enough to realize that it was by DWJ
> and
> that I was on no account to even think of getting
> rid
> of it.  
> Nobody in my family understands why I need all these
> books around, not even my sister who buys/reads more
> new books than I ever will.  She just told me that
> she
> discarded a whole bunch of books by leaving them in
> the laundry room for anyone to take.  I asked her to
> send them to me, but she refused to "encourage your
> packrat habits."  If she didn't live across the
> country from me, I would've been down in the laundry
> room taking my pick.  My library system is very
> good,
> but there's nothing like wanting to read a book and
> realizing that the library is closed for a few days,
> there is only one copy of the book in the whole
> system, and you are number sixteen in line.
> Kale
> (who gets on author/series reading jags)

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