I don't get rid of all books that I read - textbooks, short story collections, popular science, poetry and other books that I may want to look up things in or read something from again are stored in boxes in the closet. But for novels I don't see the point. Obviously if you are planning to re-read them, or if you're involved in discussions about, say, a particular epic fantasy series and want to to look things up, there's good reason to keep them. But hundreds of novels, taking up room, gathering dust, and being a pain in the arse when you move or just want to shift furniture around? My protocol for novels, once I've finished them, is (1) try to give them away if i know anyone who might like them (2) if that doesn't work, maybe try to sell them to a used bookstore if they are hardcovers (which they seldom are) and if i can be bothered or (3) throw them in the paper recycling bin.
I refuse to believe that I am that unusual, but most of the time when I'm at people's houses where there aren't lots of bookshelves it's because they simply don't read. So I have two questions:
- Is it really that uncommon to not keep novels after you've read them?
- If so, why? Is there a reason for having lots and lots of books around, other than showing visitors that you have read them?
Edited by Apoapsis, 22 April 2012 - 07:15 AM.