Friday, January 9, 2009

A question or two

What do you do when you’ve finished reading a book? Do you give it away, throw it, sell it or keep it to read again at a future date? I hoard mine and some I’ve reread several times. I also own a few (but not many) books I haven’t read yet. I don’t like lending books because they might not come back.

Have you ever read a book at different times of your life just to see how your point of view shifts? An interesting exercise, try it.

Which was the most disappointing book you ever read?

9 comments:

chandni said...

Good lord! go read my latest post!

I LOVE owning books as much as I love reading them!

Donna said...

If they're paperbacks, I trade them in on new ones...hardback, I keep!!
I don't ever really remember having a bad read...I've been shocked a time or two and thrown the book out in the trash...hahahaa...Happy reading sweetie!hughugs

Anji said...

Chandni: Great minds think alike! (and at the same time, it seems)

Donna: happy reading! I was shocked once by a book... that's given me an idea for another post.

Dru Marland said...

If I really like them I hold on to them closely, though not so closely that I don't lend them out... which is how I suddenly realised that Mervyn Peake's "Letters From A Lost Uncle" was no longer on my shelves last week when I wanted to let young K read it. And now I can't remember who borrowed it. Damn damn damn.

EuroYank said...

I read books ONLINE and after I finish they stay where they are!

CarolineMathieson said...

I love books too and have far too many of them for my flat. When I sold everything to go on sabbatical a few years back, the books and music were the only things I kept.

I can read a book more than once and in fact years back (i'm 50 soon) I decided to read The Lord Of The Rings every year. It generally takes me about a month to read.

I tend to have half a dozen books on the go at any time, all with little place holders in them. The place holder in the past being any suitable piece of paper I could find, including loo paper!

My partner now provides an endless supply of place holders from the libraries she visits.

I prefer hardbacks too as they feel so much better in the hands when reading in the bath or bed....

alan said...

My wife thinks I have far too many...I know I have far too many I haven't read yet!

I read several years ago a suggestion that every man should read "Don Quixote" three times in his life, once as a youth, once in middle-age and once in his dotage. Never having gotten to it in my youth, in my 40's it was quite a treat and also very enlightening. I look forward to reading it again in another 10 years or so to see how much "we" have changed!

Jeanette Winterson I can't read and re-read enough times...

The only books I've lent through the years all failed to find their way home, so I have gotten out of that habit!

alan

Chandira said...

Keeeeeeeeeeppp!!! Throwing away books should be a capital offense.

Nikola said...

I love books! I usually just keep them and then lend them to friends.

Plus, I have some that I'll need to read in the near future.

Great blog, I'm totally bookmarking it!