I’ve recently had to start going through my stacks and stacks of books in order to get rid of some. I’ll be moving shortly and moving fewer books is always easier, right? I have a hard time letting go of my books though. I’ve moved 3 times in the past 8 years – not a huge amount, I know – but every time, I’ve carted around more boxes of books than anything else. Even kitchen goods – dishes, utensils, etc. – don’t take up as many boxes as my books. I’ve sold and donated a lot of books before every move and I still have more than I need. 🙂
I know you know I love to read. You also know that I’m published in the ebook format, so maybe you’re thinking that I should be going that route for my own reading. I do read a lot on my Kindle and Kobo apps but I just prefer reading books in print still. I’m a bit of a collector of books. Sure, I buy the newest ones from my favourite authors but over the past few years, I’ve also sought out older publications by some different authors. Not rare editions or anything, but just books I’ve read in the past, usually borrowed from the library, and then wanted them for myself.
There’s the “Unicorn” series by Tanith Lee (It starts with “Black Unicorn,” then “Gold Unicorn” and finally “Red Unicorn“.) I do enjoy a lot of Tanith Lee books but her fantasy/sci-fi creations are a little out there for me sometimes. Then there was one of the first books I’d ever read by L.J. Smith. It was called “Night of the Solstice.” I couldn’t find that one for the longest time after reading it from the library. I tried on-line searches, used book stores, everything. Then her old series, “The Vampire Diaries”, was reissued and found new life recently. Following that, all her other novels have been reissued, and voila! I got a brand new copy of that old book. There’s also some I’m still searching for and might never find, like the sixth book in a series called “Legend of the Five Rings.” The book is called “The Dragon” by Ree Soesbee and I’ve never been able to find it, new or used – or rather, never been able to find a reasonably priced copy. I even contacted the publisher once to see if I could purchase it directly from them. No luck. So let me know if you ever come across that one! 🙂
Back to my original point: going through books and deciding to get rid of some is hard for me. In the end, I have to look at a book or series of books and decide if I’m ever going to read them again. I reread some of my favourite authors and books over and over again. But at some point, I have to ask myself, how many am I really going to reread? All one hundred? All one-fifty? Probably not in a short period of time, but eventually, I will go back and reread some of those. I’ve read my favourite novel by my favourite author probably four times in 15 years. Doesn’t seem like it’s very often, but it’s a huge book. Or rather, it’s three books in one.
Enough of that rambling… I wonder if all of you have books that you go back to time and again. Or if you have books that you just can’t let go of. Like I mentioned above, I probably have at least a hundred books that I just will not get rid of, even if I might not read them again for five more years. I find myself rereading or skimming the ebooks I have more often, but that’s just because I have my iPhone with me everywhere and if I’m waiting somewhere, I can just open up any book right there.
So what sort of stories or books do you come back to over and over again? Are there any novels that you’re particularly attached to that you wouldn’t give up for anything? Not because they’re collectible necessarily but because they mean something to you? I’m just curious and since I’m having to go through my books this week, I wonder how I can decide to get rid of some or why I should keep others.
And I’m extremely distracted again this week – more CFL playoffs. 🙂 The Grey Cup is next week so I might just have to blog on Saturday instead. We’ll see though… I also have to do some baking for my brother’s birthday, and finish packing/moving, etc. *sigh* There’s just never enough time for writing. Then again…I have been doing some work on my next “Ice” story!
Oh, and speaking of hockey romance, check out Eve McFadden/PennLady’s latest hockey romance, Rhythm and the Blue Line. It’s fantastic, trust me. 🙂
Until next time, take care and happy reading!