Booking Through Thursday: School's Out

Since school is out for the summer (in most places, at least), here’s a school-themed question for the week:

1.Do you have any old school books? Did you keep yours from college? Old textbooks from garage sales? Old workbooks from classes gone by?

2.How about your old notes, exams, papers? Do you save them? Or have they long since gone to the great Locker-in-the-sky?

Don’t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the comments—or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

I have a few college books: accounting and communication textbooks from the accounting course I took, not that it did me any good. I also kept The Canterbury Tales and Hamlet from my Introduction to English Literature. I wish I had kept my Norton Anthology though.

But I'm not the keeper of old textbooks. My husband, the non-reader, has shelves and shelves of heavy, old engineering textbooks. I packed each and everyone when we moved, grumbling, "Do you really need all of these?" He tells me he does because you never know when you're going to need one. He's been an engineer for 15 years. I've never seen him open one yet. He cannot complain about the hundred or so books I have. At least, I read mine.

As for #2, I did have a few reports that meant a lot to me. Ones that I thought were brillant (lol) or ones I worked really hard on, but then a pipe burst in the basement. And guess where they were? In a box, on the floor, in the basement. Gone. Let that be a lesson to you!


  1. Hey Chris, I definitely can relate to you. I kept some prized materials in a box in the storeroom but when I opened it many months later, the box was half eaten by termites!

    Happy BTT to you!

  2. Gosh Chris, I agree with you! My husband keeps some old books too, whereas I've thrown my textbooks and such out. Now, I have tons more fiction and non-fiction books than he does. I'll have to remember that line "at least I actually READ MINE!"


    Happy Reading!

  3. Aren't husbands funny? Mine isn't a reader, but he still has ALL of his text books and keeps buying more at Half Priced Books! I just don't get it. I agree--at least I read mine! :) I kept most of my anthologies, but there are a few that I wish I still had..

    Here’s my answer

  4. Aw -- it's too bad that so many notes got ruined!! My husband has kept a lot of his old textbooks, too.

  5. Aren't engineering textbooks the worst?! I have a non-reading engineer husband, too, and he sure does have a whole shelf of HUGE textbooks. Why? I don't know. But he always says he might need them for work. What kind of engineer is yours? Mine's a civil (structural--bridge) engineer.

  6. My husband & I are both readers, so when we moved to this house in 1985 there were about 80 boxes of books & magazines that came with us. A few of them are even college texts.. We've collected more since then until we decided that there wasn't room for any more and started going to the library every week or two.

  7. My husband has kept a lot of his engineering texts, too, but at least he keeps them on his office shelf!!

  8. Camille- My hubby is electrical.


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