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What do people do with books besides read them?


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Posted on 28 Apr 2013 17:36:41 BDT
Marand says:
If it is any comfort, Icarus, we have a similar number of books stashed away on our bookshelves. I wouldn't regard myself as a hoarder but I like to keep books - they remind me of people, events, etc.. We have the space to keep them and visitors always comment on something so it keeps the dinner party chat lively!

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2013 20:36:52 BDT
Last edited by the author on 28 Apr 2013 21:34:43 BDT
gille liath says:
I don't understand this. You can tell from a list of books whether they've been read?

I don't know what answer there is to MJ's point: there isn't physically enough time for a person with a normal life (ie who has claims on their time other than reading) to read that many books. And that's without adding, as he might have done, that serious books take more than a couple of hours to read.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2013 20:38:04 BDT
gille liath says:
Oh dear - phone Channel 4...

(I wonder whether hoarders ever *do* think they're hoarders?)

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Apr 2013 20:46:19 BDT
gille liath says:
Thanks for that suggestion. Got anyone in mind...?

Posted on 28 Apr 2013 20:59:54 BDT
Anita says:
You can always use a book for encoded messages. Of course, you'll need two identical copies of the same book, one for yourself, another for the recipient. Never done that? If so, you perhaps never been a kid :)

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?

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 22:19:05 BDT
Right. Back to books. :-)

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 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 . . .

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.

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.

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 read...it's the one you lend out?

Posted on 1 May 2013 10:50:23 BDT
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 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!

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 20:20:00 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 20:35:27 BDT
SugarSugar says:
troll

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

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)

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.

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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... :)

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