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What do people do with books besides read them?

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Posted on 4 May 2013 15:23:06 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 May 2013 15:30:35 BDT
I am , since my childhood , a book-worm. I love books and I keep my books always with me in shelves. Of course, some books I finally send to the libraries, so they can be read by others, but my favorite authors I collect compulsively. Some books will never change hands, because I read them over and over again. They are part of my priceless possessions (the others possessions being DVDs and CDs). I cannot think in exchanging my paper books for the Kindle- format because the brightness of the computer tires my eyes. And I carry a book everywhere with me. There is not for me a more restful moment than being alone with one book among the noise and the tiresome chitchat of people that cannot stop talking! So, when I buy a book, I make an index of it in my archives, and when I give one book away is always with some regret. I gave away my childhood books to my school library because I had then more interesting books than the library in my little school. Because I read books in four languages (portuguese, english, spanish and french) it is very common that friends that work in libraries of the schools of languages ( school for english or french in Brazil) ask me to give my used books to their libraries , and so I really already gave a third of the books I had at home. Now I still buy books, even second-hand books (I always find a very good bargain in very good conditions in second-hand stores and in the Amazon sites). My family (mother and siblings) also love to read, so it is common that I buy a book and then they "borrow" it from me (they never give back my books!). But I think I am lucky. My love of books made me learn three languages and with them I manage to always feel well , even in the direst circunstances. So, used or new, already readen or recently adquired, I LOVE MY BOOKS!

Posted on 4 May 2013 08:20:21 BDT
Last edited by the author on 4 May 2013 16:04:24 BDT
Lend them to friends, swap them on readitswapit, throw them at salesmen.

Posted on 4 May 2013 07:29:13 BDT
Kath says:
Our local recycling group that gives out free books, made a giant male part from the Fifty Shade's of Grey books they had....I never saw it but they were planing to make more from the amount of books they had handed in....

Posted on 4 May 2013 07:13:34 BDT
J.Yasimoto says:
GL: "What do people do with books besides read them?"

I sniff them.

Posted on 4 May 2013 02:01:57 BDT
One of the books i'm currently reading is written by a sci-fi master
Ray Bradbury Stories Volume 1: v. 1
A Sound of Thunder will always be my favourite by him.

Posted on 3 May 2013 23:10:38 BDT
Rusty Dee says:
I use mine to fill bookshelves :)

Posted on 3 May 2013 19:56:43 BDT
i've always said, i love books. I use them to prop up the telly.

Posted on 2 May 2013 14:00:38 BDT
Anita says:
Heyheyhey, hands away from science fiction! I love science fiction and I'm not a tinyest bit embarrassed to admit that! There are very good SF books. Surely, there are also lots of very bad and a bulk of just average. But some are really very good.

gl - I wonder, why no one has said an obvious thing what people do with books besides read them? There are lots of people who *write* them instead of reading, as many threads of this (and others) forum imply... :)

In reply to an earlier post on 2 May 2013 10:28:02 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 2 May 2013 06:20:34 BDT
Last edited by the author on 2 May 2013 06:23:06 BDT
M. Jolliff says:
Did you expect to get away with such a derisive generalisation?

'Yes, yes, yes. I know. Science fiction isn't real literature. That label gets reserved for the "literary fiction" genre, in which people hang about in their small towns and/or Brooklyn, collecting tiny experiential moments like coupons until they have enough to redeem for the Quiet Moment of Clarity just before the end of the story. Yeah, that's not a formula. But, hey, you know. You enjoy that. I'm happy for you.'
John Scalzi

I'm not alone in feeling like this and having to deal with it for years tends to make one prickly. My apologies.

Posted on 1 May 2013 22:58:31 BDT
TomC says:
I took a speed-reading course and read "War and Peace" in 20 minutes.

It involves Russia.

(OK - I stole that one from Woody Allen)

Posted on 1 May 2013 20:51:13 BDT
Drizzt says:
i am 53 years old now and for a fact i can tell you i have read more than 5000 books, at one time i was reading over 15 books per week, the john carter novels, and the conan books, were dead thin and could be read in a couple of hours. the lord of the rings i read in three days, so 5000 no probs

In reply to an earlier post on 1 May 2013 20:35:27 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 1 May 2013 20:20:00 BDT
gille liath says:
Er...I am speaking for myself, hence 'I agree'. We know each others' opinions about this, but presumably grannybling doesn't.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 May 2013 20:18:35 BDT
M. Jolliff says:
Speak for yourself Gille. I find that so called 'mainstream', or actually pretty much everything that doesn't fall in my preferred genre to hold no potential re-read interest for me. It depends on the genre's you read.

In reply to an earlier post on 1 May 2013 20:03:24 BDT
gille liath says:
I agree, genre fiction doesn't often warrant re-reading. No need to feel bad though; books are for the benefit of readers, not the other way round!

Posted on 1 May 2013 10:50:23 BDT
grannybling says:
You have all made me feel like a really bad person. Sorry with me once read that's it (with only a couple exceptions in my 50 odd years of reading). Maybe it is because I tend to read a lot of "who done its" and I'm afraid once you know this surely that is why you read it in the first place. I am the same with films and TV programmes - maybe I just have a very good memory which spoils the anticipation for me. Hushand on the other hand, reads and re-reads numerous times but then he has the memory of a goldfish!

In reply to an earlier post on 30 Apr 2013 20:11:33 BDT
gille liath says:
So the shabby 'reading copy' isn't the one you's the one you lend out?

Posted on 30 Apr 2013 14:03:37 BDT
I can understand the concept of having reading copies of some books. If you lend them out, even to family, they get more dog-earred and coffee stained. Some books I like to keep a copy that I can treat as well as it deserves.

My step-son has a similar but more practical system though. He buys a book, reads it, lends it etc, and when it gets trashed, he buys a new copy.

Posted on 30 Apr 2013 04:48:27 BDT
Kriss says:
Some hardcover volumes are so solid that I never bothered to read them. I have saved them for a combat situation.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Apr 2013 22:06:58 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Apr 2013 22:10:15 BDT
monica says:
Sorry, I wasn't clear--a list of books owned, not necessarily read.

What I amen'ed in MJ's post was his point that a good writer (or perhaps a competent one w. an original approach?) could pull a reader into a subject/theme that had seemed of no interest before . . .

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2013 23:55:57 BDT
Marand says:
I doubt Channel 4 would be interested - you can get through the door and traverse the whole building without having to navigate around piles of books! We have a study each lined with bookshelves and in the sitting room there is a cabinet, admittedly is about 15 feet wide, which came with the house and which has some books on it. Aside from that there aren't piles of books everywhere, none on the floor and none of the horror stories that Channel 4 cover. When we run out of space then we'll have to get rid of some books, but until then the 'books do furnish a room'.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2013 22:19:05 BDT
Right. Back to books. :-)

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2013 22:01:56 BDT
gille liath says:
Um...I prefer the orangey ones, that's about all I can say. ;)

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2013 21:43:59 BDT
Not you, my love, but I could think of a few.

Off topic: for some reason I feel like you're an expert on Viscount racers. Are you by any chance?
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