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#31 of 42 Old 12-18-2010, 08:13 AM
 
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I've always been attached to turning paper pages and all, but I am really pondering more simplicity lately and I just gave away 50% of my books --- books like "The Scarlet Letter" that I know, realistically, that if I want to read again, I can get from the library (or free on the kindle).  Also, if I hadn't read it in the past 6-7 years, out it went.  If I hadn't used any recipes _ever_ from cookbooks...out they went.

 

I gave myself the 6-7 year mark on all my old classics, etc., since that included time before kids, when I had days and days to just simply spend reading.  :)

 

 

It has really been liberating, and when I look at my shelves now, I see the books that I truly love and read over and over.  It makes me happy.


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I have too many books, according to DH. I have culled many, many books over the years. I used to buy books all the time, but now I only buy maybe one or two a year, and then I try to pass them on. I do have certain books that I read over and over again. There are some books that I have read over a hundred times, just because I enjoy the story so much. I just love books!!love.gif

But they do take up lots of space, and they really are a pain to move. We have moved several times in the past four years and every time, my book collection gets a bit smaller. My brother was going to get me a Kindle for Christmas, but I vetoed that idea. I like real books, maybe someday I will change my mind, but I like the paper!


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I love books but they are something I've decided to de-clutter and have pretty much done so. I hate the look of bookshelves filled with books (and dust!) anywhere except for a designated reading room and since I don't have even a chance of having a house with enough space for that around here I just started de-cluttering them. One thing that helped is moving, and another thing that is helping me now is that I buy almost all of my books on Kindle (on my iphone), because it saves me $ and space. I don't really miss books as paper much.

 

I am the same, hate the look of bookshelves cluttered with dusty books. However I also hate to part with most of my art books. I love books about art, art history, and crafts.

 

I found it much easier recently to get rid of many of children's books, ones that they are no longer interested in, they are too old for, etc...

 

Since I got my Kindle, I love it, I have 80 books on there, and just imagine how much physical space those 80 books would take up, plus the paper comes from trees, so I feel better from a number of aspects about having a Kindle. I know that there are still many books one can't get for the Kindle, but at least it is helping me reduce clutter and it is making me read more than I used to!
 


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 I can get by with 3 pairs of pants, but I need something new to read all the time!



Yes, exactly!

 

I struggle with this issue as well.  DH and I have pared down our collection considerably, but I'm the type to re-read favorite books again and again (and again!).  My favorite series is 6 books, 600 - 900 pages each, and I think I've read the series at least 6 times.  The books I know I will read again still live with us in an antique, leaded glass bookcase in the living room.  It has 6 shelves and is nearly 5' tall by 3.5'' wide.  I got rid of anything that was not an applicable reference book or magazine, but kept a 30 year collection of Mother Earth News magazines given to me by a friend.  Those and my food/homesteading/gardening books are on a smallish 3-shelf unit in the spare room.  We also have a collection of classics accumulated over the years.  Those are in a small 3' by 3.5' antique shelf given to me by my aunt.  DS's books are in a built-in bookshelf in his room.  We don't have many yet for him, since he still mostly just wants to flip pages and chew them, but I'm sure we'll end up with quite a few.  Right now, we probably have 250 books in our adult collection and 30 in DS's.  We also use the library quite a bit, DH more than I.

 

DH got me a NookColor e-reader for my birthday/Christmas this year.  I'm reading my first book on it now, and I don't really miss having an actual paper book in-hand.  That said, I'm not going to toss my collection and buy the ebook versions to save space.  I might donate some of the more obscure classics that I haven't yet read, since I know I can get the ebook versions for free if I should ever decide to read them.  I doubt that ebooks will ever replace the paper ones completely, but I can say that I'm not going to miss hauling a bag full of books to keep my happy on road trip vacations!  I'll probably buy most fiction on ebook now and reference/non-fiction books on paper. 


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Completely OT, but I'm trying to guess the series.  lol.gif  Is it the Outlander series (or wait, she has 7 so far, right?)?  Or ...Margaret George's books?

 

Help me out.  I'm going to be thinking about this today!
 

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My favorite series is 6 books, 600 - 900 pages each, and I think I've read the series at least 6 times.   


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Completely OT, but I'm trying to guess the series.  lol.gif  Is it the Outlander series (or wait, she has 7 so far, right?)?  Or ...Margaret George's books?

 

Help me out.  I'm going to be thinking about this today!
 

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My favorite series is 6 books, 600 - 900 pages each, and I think I've read the series at least 6 times.   



Well, it would probably help if I'd been accurate; it's actually two trilogies, "Dragon Prince" and "Dragon Star" by Melanie Rawn.  And then after I wrote that, I started to wonder if maybe the Sword of Truth books by Terry Goodkind were really my favorites...  I think it's a toss-up between the two.

 

And thanks for reminding me that I wanted to read the Outlander books.  I've heard a lot about them, but never read them.  I'm adding them to my NookBook wishlist as I type this!


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Oh, I'm so excited for you.  :)  The Outlander series is one of my favorites.  Enjoy.  :)  They were books that I ignored my kids to read:  Here kids, here are some new Legos!  Mama is going to read for an hour.....play nicely.....

 

You didn't need to be accurate.  ;)  I just always wonder which books people like to read & it was like you were giving me a clue...hmmm....6 book series....900 pages....  which one?

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I have accepted the fact that I NEED a nook... 6 months ago I was totally against the idea of reading electronically, hated the idea of something like a Kindle, Nook, Sony E-reader etc but now I think I've finally turned the corner.  I still dont like the Kindle because I can't download library books to it but Im slowly falling in love with the NOOK.  NOOK will accept library books, NOOK is backlit so I can read in the dark and I spent tons of time playing with NOOK at barnes and noble (oh gosh that sound so dirty lol)

 

So I may be turning the technology corner and taking the plunge into the giant world of NOOK sometime soon.

 

 

As for books my son just got rid of 32 books via holiday helper.  He has way more to go!


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I have accepted the fact that I NEED a nook... 6 months ago I was totally against the idea of reading electronically, hated the idea of something like a Kindle, Nook, Sony E-reader etc but now I think I've finally turned the corner.  I still dont like the Kindle because I can't download library books to it but Im slowly falling in love with the NOOK.  NOOK will accept library books, NOOK is backlit so I can read in the dark and I spent tons of time playing with NOOK at barnes and noble (oh gosh that sound so dirty lol)

 

So I may be turning the technology corner and taking the plunge into the giant world of NOOK sometime soon.


I was against them, too, for a long time.  I just thought they were silly and a gimmick.  And then the NookColor came out.  Since it's multifunction (internet and e-reader), I had an easier time justifying the price tag...  If I'm going to spend $150 on a reading gadget, I will happily shell out another $100 for a backlit screen, Pandora radio/mp3 compatibility, Android apps, ability to load photos, and internet access. Plus, ebooks are generally cheaper, and I tend to buy a LOT of books.  I can read in bed without turning on a bedside light and bothering DH.  I can take my entire library with me in a device the size of my journal.  And, I can buy or borrow books without ever leaving the house.  I'm seriously in love with this thing!

 

The only downside is that I'm terrified to read in the tub now!  I've never dropped a book in, but the fact that it's a $250 book...  Eek!


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I have to admit I think I have an emotional attachment to real books.. My husband is trying to convince me that I should get an electronic reader or an IPad but I LOVE to have the actual book in my hand. When Im upset/exhausted/just out of sorts my favorite thing to do is pick up a book and read. I don't think an electronic gadget (ok, I don't like electronics in general) will hold the same comfort to me as a real book. Oh and I like the smell of books innocent.gif I love walking into a library or bookstore because I can smell the books, Im strange I know.

He is wearing me down a little though. Ill probably never give up my favorites. For me I dont' get as much out of things like scriptures if Im staring at a screen.. The Jane Austen set Ive had for years will probably always be here, the books that were my grandmas when she was a little girl will probably always stay.. Childrens books are my girls favorite "toy" they wouldn't be to happy if we got rid of them (although they regularly go through and tell me if they don't like/don't want to keep a certain book or set of books).


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I have a love of books and am buried in them at the moment.

I'm just wondering if there's a good online place to sell them?? I'm thinking that cashforbooks.net only for text books, right?


half.com

 

it's owned by eBay but it's not an auction - you list the item and the price you want.  The price includes shipping automatically, and all transactions are paid using PayPal.  My mom is a used book trader and she used Half quite a bit.  

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