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Subject: Do You Read Them All?
Date Posted: 8/4/2008 1:34 AM ET
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About three years ago i packed up all my books and stored them. I know, i couldn't believe i was capable of doing that, but after my 2nd child was born, i had no room to keep them inside or on shelves, since my bookshelves were in 'the storage room' which quickly turned into 'the nursery'.

I didn't read much for quite a while. I missed my books but i had too much else going on in life. And the last thing i wanted was for a crawling munchkin to pull up to the bookcase and yank off some books to drool on.

So, time passes, and i started picking up a few books here and there at yard sales, just so if i had a chance to read, i'd have a book at hand. None of them were books i was like, salivating to read, but they were books.

More time passes, and i haven't read many of the books. I got pregnant with number 3, started reading again, and found PBS. Now, the books i've been picking up to read are really ones i am eager to read, but i kind of feel guilty about the books i bought before that i still have not read. I really don't have much of an inclination to read them at all because since coming to PBS, i can order a fantasy novel or sci-fi or... well, anything i want, and read it. So Dean Koontz books from 15 years ago just don't float my boat as much as they used to. It's VERY hard to find good fantasy books at my local UBS's.

So, the question is (after i've bored you to death with my life story here) is:

Do you find that you read most of the books you post here? Do you often pick up books you aren't really interested in, bring them home and realize you have a lot to read already, and post them? I feel like i have so much to read now, and i'd like to dedicate that time to reading what i want to read, and not what i feel obligated to read. Is it weird that i feel bad for the books i haven't read, like they are some kind of orphans? LOL

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 2:27 AM ET
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I don't read anything that I don't find interesting PERIOD.  Doesn't matter if I paid full price for it or got it at a yard sale or swapped for it here.  Books are to ENJOY - and I wouldn't enjoy them if I felt under any particular pressure to read them.  Don't ever feel bad about books!   That is my motto.  

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 2:34 AM ET
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A lot of the books I post are ones I have grabbed over the years and just. never. read. And most I don't feel like I ever will read them. So why not swap them for ones I will be eager to devour?

I also post books for Mom and do deals for her with her credits.

And I hunt for books deals (like a dollar a bag) and things like that. So, maybe 10% of the books on my shelf I have read lol

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 3:05 AM ET
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I have tried to read all the books I have posted.  But if a book doesnt hold my interest after about a 1/4 of the way through,  I give up and post it.  I just hope someone somewhere will enjoy it. 

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 6:13 AM ET
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I give a book 50 pages.  If I am not enjoying it, I stop reading it.  There are just too many good books out there to waste my time trying to plow through something that is not enjoyable.  

I visit Goodwill a couple of times a month and pick up books there.  Some for posting immediately, some for reading and then posting. 

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 7:36 AM ET
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I read just about everything I request or buy (unless it's for the hubs or chiclets). I have been given a ton of books (a majority from a woman in your exact circumstance) that I list without reading.

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Date Posted: 8/4/2008 7:48 AM ET
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I don't read most of the books that I post here.  But many of them I never got to read in the first place-- I picked them up at book sales to try to resell them.  If they turn out to not be worth enough to go through the hassle of selling them or just don't sell when I try, I list them here.  When I do buy books for myself to read, it is usually in the form of going to the bag day of the local library sale and throwing a bunch of books into bags.  I end up with some books that I will never have any interest in reading that way, so I don't feel bad about posting those either.  PBS has actually led me to culling that collection some.  I've been working my way through my shelves of "maybe I'll read them some day" books and sorting them into ones that are acceptable for posting on PSB (and don't have more than 10 copies in the system already) vs. those that aren't acceptable.  I take the non-acceptables on trips with me or to stay with me when I'm working in Mexico because those books will be abandoned somewhere anyway.  I keep the postables here and try to read them when I'm at home.

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 8:00 AM ET
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I took 6 books with me on my vacation.  I read 4.  Started a 5th & 15 pages in I realized how stupid it seemed "TO ME."  Put it down & am now on the 6th book.  One thing I have learned here is that you no longer have to read a book if it starts  out & sounds dumb....just pass it on!!!  Some one will want it & my dumb book may be a great read to another person & vice versa.

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 8:43 AM ET
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You packed away these books 3 years ago?  3 years ago, I was reading mostly grocery store romance novels.  Or rereading my keeper shelf because I couldn't get my hands on anything that I REALLY wanted to read.  3 years before that, I was going through a Stephen King/Dean Koontz phase.  With the number of horror films that have come out in the last 6 years that I've only seen the commercials for, I have a hard time going back to reading those types of books.  I use to read just bestsellers because that was what I was able to find in the (non book) stores.  You know what?  I hate the typical crime novels that you find on the best seller lists.  James Patterson is NOT for me. 

What I'm trying to say is that about 80% of the books that you packed away are going to be books that you want nothing to do with now, because your tastes have changed.  If you were a desparation book buyer like I was, then it could be as much as 95% stuff you will never read.  I suggest you do a clean sweep, one box at a time.  Pull out a box, separate into Ain't Never Going to Read, Looks Interesting, and Want to Read.  Immediately post everything from the first pile.  Get a small bookshelf for your bedroom for the ones you want to read.  Commit to yourself to NEVER have more books than will fit here.  (If you have no room for a bookshelf, get an under the bed plastic bin.  It amazes me how many books I can fit in one of these).  The last pile should be put in a place where you will see it daily, but is not in the way.  We only use half our kitchen table during the week, so I leave mine there.  Go through the pile every day.  Are you really going to read it?  Are you just hanging on to it?  Is it wishlisted?  If I post it, can I order it again if I want it some time in the future?  Your goal should be to get all the middle pile of books off the table.  Either post them, put them on your TBR shelf or read them.  When you have a couple that you are just not sure about, it helps to just start reading.  I can make a decision about a book in the time that it takes to make Mac & Cheese.  I read while I stir.  Sometimes, I get 20 pages in and know this book isn't for me, so I post it when we finish dinner.  Sometimes, the book comes to bed with me.

The most important part of the entire process is that you need to be willing to do it slow.  One box at a time.  Do not open another box until you have mailed all the wishlist book and your Maybe pile have been put away.  Why?  Because you don't want to be overwhelmed.  One box is all I could emotionally handle at a time and you have 3 kids.  And you don't want to break the bank when it comes to shipping.  You could have an entire box of stuff that you don't want that are all wishlisted.  That's a great way to drive the spouse up a wall. 

Good luck and happy reading!


Date Posted: 8/4/2008 9:31 AM ET
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very rarely are the books I post not ones I've read, or at least have tried to read.  I have posted a few that I received from friends that while I may have liked, decided that I just needed to move a few books off my shelf.

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 6:42 PM ET
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I don't read everything I post.  I pick up books because I know people like certain genres or authors (paranormal, etc).  I do read a lot of them however.  Then again I've picked up books intending to read them, and over time decided I probably wouldn't and have either posted them or donated them.  Pat

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 11:35 PM ET
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Tracey, I found when I started unpacking my books (had kids, we moved, it was a few years!) that I was not interested in most of them.  Some I had kept thinking I wanted them as Keepers..I didn't.  Others really and truly were Keepers and by now I have re-visited those friends.  I did like you, picked up along the way and some got read, some didn't.  I use the library a lot, so until PBS I didn't have tons just lying around the house anymore, but of those I would re-read the synopsis..if they still looked good, I kept it, if not away it went.  I can tell you that Cozi's post makes me say *Stand on a chair and applaudes*.....;-)  Books are to *enjoy*, so read what seems good, pass what doesn't and never feel guilty for giving a book the pass. There is another anxiously waiting to take its place. ;-)

Date Posted: 8/5/2008 12:52 AM ET
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I always read the books I get from here or pay money for. Just in fear I'll miss a really good book. However if I start it and after reading it a while it doesn't interest me I'll quit reading it and move on. If they're free and not something I'm interested it, then I'll post them without reading them.

Date Posted: 8/5/2008 1:15 AM ET
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The books i packed up actually went into my yard sale. I had been on a romance kick years ago and i was collecting Julie Garwood, Johanna Lindset, Sandra Brown, and a few others. I packed them all up and when they were packed, i started picking up a few strays here and there when i was yard saling and stuff. Mostly Peter Straub, and Dean Koontz really. But after i read a few, i'd get burned out on them.

I was thinking... i don't really want to read them now that i have ALL these new books. LOL I've packed my bookshelf to the gills and have a large box that's full of ones just waiting their turn on the shelf as i clear off some for PBS.

I might actually enjoy reading them IF i felt like it, but i just don't. I think i will probably post a few of them, but i am definately going to take Kerry's suggestion about keeping my eyes on a few of them to see how i change my mind about them if at all.

Also i might try to read a couple and if i don't get into it, i'll just post them.

Cozi has a good point, it's not much fun if you feel like you HAVE to read. Reading is for fun, not somethingi should fret over!