BTT: On the Shelf

Booking Through Thursday

Okay–here was an interesting article by Christopher Schoppa in the Washington Post.

Avid readers know all too well how easy it is to acquire books — it’s the letting go that’s the difficult part. … During the past 20 years, in which books have played a significant role in both my personal and professional lives, I’ve certainly had my fair share of them (and some might say several others’ shares) in my library. Many were read and saved for posterity, others eventually, but still reluctantly, sent back out into the world.

But there is also a category of titles that I’ve clung to for years, as they survived numerous purges, frequent library donations and countless changes of residence. I’ve yet to read them, but am absolutely certain I will. And should. When, I’m not sure, as I’m constantly distracted by the recent, just published and soon to be published works.

So, the question is his: “What tomes are waiting patiently on your shelves?

Having moved first into my in laws and then into my house house after selling our old house just a couple of years ago, I know this scenario all too well. I remember vividly the grumbling of my husband as he moved (twice) the incredibly heavy boxes. Did I try to cull them? A bit, but I found it hard to give up any, especially if I hadn't read them and knew it would be awhile before I did.

The books that I've been hanging onto for years range from paperbacks to hardcovers, classics to newer novels, and everything in between. Some of the more famous (for me) are the following:

*Memoirs of Cleopatra - I bought it at an antique store, believe it or not. I tried to read it once.

*Roots- I picked this up at a flea market? book sale? I don't remember. It has the cover missing and looks like it had a fight with an angry cat.

*Watership Down- Bought at a library book sale. It's hardcover and quite old.

*Dr Zhivago- Another library sale find. I loved the movie so I had to have it.

*Every Woman's Guide to Health- Why do I keep this?! It's so dated and if I need to know anything I have Google. This one's got to go.

If like me, you've looked at your shelves for this BTT, did you see anything that you realize now you do not need to hold onto?


  1. Chris, great list. I had to laugh at some of your commentary, especially the one for Every Woman's Guide to Health.

  2. I have several that I just can't bring myself to purge yet, even some outdated health books. I have gotten rid of others -- but some I just can't let go of yet.

  3. Yes, I have several that are leaving this house this week!

  4. I wasn't inspired to get rid of anything, but I did re-discover some great unread books on my shelves. So that was fun.

  5. Yes! This weeks BTT has motivated me to put together a box or two of books for the next SPCA sale. But I can't say I won't come home from the sale empty-handed :)

  6. Me & hubby like to get a lot of books from books fairs and library sales, sometimes they are worth keeping,lol

  7. I have tons of books on my to read shelf. I only just read Watership Down last year and loved it.


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