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30 August 2010 @ 02:28 pm
existentially important question  

And lo, so came the day when she faced the question that in time must come to all who walk these halls:

What should I do with the signed & personalized books I don’t expect to re-read? I’ve gotten very hard-hearted about keeping books, because they take up so much space and are so much of a pain to move, and because I don’t read, much less re-read, very much anymore. (*snivel* Also, this is why I want an e-reader.) But the question of signed copies, well. That becomes a difficult one. *frowns thoughtfully at the shelves*

(Don’t be silly, I’m keeping *yours*, of course.)

(x-posted from the essential kit)
 
 
 
Pádraig Ó Méalóidslovobooks on August 30th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
Keep the ones that mean something to you, and the ones signed by authors you hold in especial awe (which probably both mean the same thing).

Otherwise, if you're not going to read them again, and you've either
A) got no particular attachment to the author, but just ran into them at a con and bought the book out of politeness;
or
B) You see said author on a very regular basis, so, to put it bluntly, geting an autographed book by them will never be difficult,
or
C) the author forced the book on you, even though you hadn't really wanted it, but were too polite to say no.

Once you've kept the ones you really want, then let your head rule your heart, and move the rest on. After all, you really only want the ones that mean something to you, and keeping ones that don't kind of dilutes that. And living space these days isn't getting any bigger, that's for sure.

Callous, I know. Actually, I think it's this kind of blunt honesty that gets me into trouble!