July 19, 2013 by Heidi
So here’s the thing: I don’t care. I don’t care if my books match. I don’t care if I own every book in a series. I don’t even organize them. Just see if you can spot my 3 Melina Marchetta books–because they’re not together, and yes–I own books 1 & 3 of a series with no real intention to pick up book 2 (and that’s just one example, there’s plenty others to spot if you so desire). I don’t care if they’re in good condition. I don’t care if they’re used or library copies, I just–don’t. I appreciate a good cover as much as the next girl, but am I going to be too upset if I get the ugly one at a bargain sale? Nope.
Yep. I keep books in my pantry…with the Kleenex. As much as part of me feels ashamed, a bigger part of me likes to scandalize. I honestly don’t feel a visceral attachment to physical books with anything but my most favorite. Once I’ve read a book, unless I know I’ll want to reread it, I have no problem parting with it at a used bookstore or donating it–so no, I really don’t have a ton of books in house. It’s hard to when your ‘house’ is a one-bedroom apartment. Don’t worry though folks, acquiring of more REAL bookshelves is in the works. These may be considered ‘before’ pictures.
So tell me–what are your book storing habits? Do you hold onto books forever even if you have no intention of rereading them? Do you have to have matching covers/editions?