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Subject: Do you relist all of your books?
Date Posted: 8/3/2008 9:54 PM ET
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I was reading on another thread about BookCrossing.  It sounds like it would be fun.  But some of the books I have, I don't want to turn loose of.  for instance, I am reading the Stephanie Plum series and I'm having fun collecting them all.

I'm also waiting to receive A Tree Grows In Brooklyn and I know that I don't want to turn it loose after I read it for the 4th or 5th time.

So how about you?  Do you put all of your books back up on your bookshelf?  Or do you have gems that you keep for yourself?

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 10:15 PM ET
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Oh if you could see my room, you'd know I am a notorious keeper of books.  Some books I have reposted, but those are the exception, not the rule for me.  I love too many of them to let them go.

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 10:16 PM ET
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Most of the books I recieve from PBS are keepers.  However, I'm still a pretty active swapper. The majority of the books I put on my bookshelf are ones I purchased.

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 10:16 PM ET
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I decide after I read it, so far of 44 books, I have:

Kept - 14, including gifts for my husband

Relisted - 9

Not read yet - 21


However, my goal is to "replace" all the ones I keep with books I get from outside pbs, like mass market paperbacks or garage/ubs books.  Sometimes if there's something I know is on a lot of WL's I'll pick it up if I see it on sale.

So far, of the 14 I've kept, I've "replaced" 8.

And yes, I'm a geek with a spreadsheet, so these numbers are accurate.

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 10:40 PM ET
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Pretty much, yeah, I do. I have an extensive collection of first edition hardbacks of particular authors but I always buy those as publisher's editions and B&N or a local independent bookseller. If I purchase a book club HB or trade PB, I'll post it here and all mass market PBs get reposted.

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Subject: Daphne
Date Posted: 8/3/2008 10:57 PM ET
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I've heard of the Book Crossing club are you enjoying this membership? I once tried  to post some books and it did not seem user friendly.I usually repost the Books I've read unless my Teenage daughter's shows some interest. My only regreat was not saving the new Stephenie Meyers Series my oldest daughter read all (3)  in two weeks and my younger daughter differently said "NO WAY" of course I posted and they were requested In (1) day and today she returned  home from a friends house with a copy of" TWILIGHT" and loves the novel what a suprise !!. I would love to keep some of my favorite series but untill I am able to have a full wall bookshelf I am reposting.

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 11:13 PM ET
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I repost most of the books I get from PBS.  I am collecting the Brian Jacques "Redwall" books and so I keep those.

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 11:22 PM ET
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I repost all of mine.

Date Posted: 8/3/2008 11:59 PM ET
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I repost most of them.  Unless I find a book truly life-changing level of amazing, I repost it.

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 1:02 AM ET
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Some I repost, some I give to family and friends.   I seldom keep any of the books I get here, I'm just not much of a keeper type of person. 

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 1:29 AM ET
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Fiction, I almost always repost.

I am working on a library of non fiction, so those I keep, and refer back to nearly everything I have. I have a toddler, and I want to have lots and lots of books laying around the house when he is old enough to read so that he can pick something up on a rainy day and learn something, kwim? 

I buy a lot of books at thrift stores to repost here, and I buy at least one new book a month that has a long WL (that I want to read) to add another copy to the system. I feel like its good bibliokarma. =)

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 1:40 AM ET
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I don't know if i will love a book enough to keep it til i read it. I tend to collect (i.e. hoarde) fantasy and sci-fi. If it's not sci-fi/fantasy, i can generally sacrifice the book and repost.

But i go in cycles. I used to hoarde romances i loved, but i gave most of them up for my yard sale this summer.

I have realized if i keep them all, eventually my books will have more of a home than i do, ha. After reading a few thousand books, you learn to let go of a few of them.

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 2:03 AM ET
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I rarely keep fiction.  I don't reread them so I don't see the point.  I do keep some non-fiction.

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 6:11 AM ET
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I am a big re-reader, so I keep many. I will probably not re-post many.

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 10:51 AM ET
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I repost about 80% of them. Of the rest, I keep some and pass others on to family and friends.

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 11:09 AM ET
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Once I read a book, I am done with it.  I don't re-watch movies either unless my husband watches them over.  The only books I have kept are cookbooks (never know when I might need them).  Sometimes, there are a few series that I wish I had kept but then I realize I wouldn't have read them again.  I am seriously considering keeping all four of the Twilight books by Stephanie Myers.  I haven't figured out why yet but for some reason I am reluctant to let them go.

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 11:44 AM ET
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Not all of them, no.  There are some I read immediately and quickly post them right back up, others I plan to keep for now.

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 6:46 PM ET
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I relist most of mine but others are keepers...at least for awhile.

Date Posted: 8/4/2008 7:13 PM ET
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I keep probaby too much I seldom post books here and the ones I do post I'l usually either give away or trade at ubs.

Date Posted: 8/5/2008 5:08 AM ET
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I am whittling down my "library" which is mostly non-fiction.  I've been able to post a whole box of gardening books so far!

I used to collect antique children's books...then I had a child, ha!  I took them to a used book store and at the ridiculous price offered, I ended up refusing to let half of them go...so they're are still a few favs around.

Most of what I request are children's books...when we outgrown the, I'll be glad to repost all but a few favs.

But back to whittling down the library...I go through the shelves every week, trying to convince myself that I don't need this or that...pulling things that I've always meant to read, so that I could actually say I don't need it anymore...I've got about 6 books that I'm trying to get through right now ;-)  Mostly all in the spiritual/personal growth genre...hope to post soon!

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Date Posted: 8/5/2008 8:13 AM ET
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I've reached an age that I stopped keeping books.  If I really want to reread something that I have passed on to someone else, I'll get it from the library.   That hasn't happened yet.  There are so many books I haven't read, I don't have the desire to reread something.

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 1:32 PM ET
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I have a big problem keeping books. This past summer, I did go through all of my book collection and posted/gave away tons of books to get ready for an upcoming move at the end of August. So about half of all of my books are posted on here. I really do re-read a lot of books though. :)

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 1:38 PM ET
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No--just the ones I'm pretty sure I won't want to read again.

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 1:51 PM ET
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I belong to bookcrossing, but I don't really find it to be worth it. Hardly anyone logs the books in, so it usually turns out to be a waste. I am going to stop registering my books. However, on PBS, I do try to repost everything fiction, unless it's a classic. I do want to start a library of classics to pass down to my child if I am blessed with one. But, most other things I will repost.

Date Posted: 8/8/2008 2:24 PM ET
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Before I joined PBS I kept every book and I almost never reread anything. I finally decided that since having a baby I needed to make some room for all the babies stuff and got rid of most of the books that I've read and will get rid of most books as I read them, sometimes passing them on to my mom before reposting. I have a few keepers like Anne Rice's Mayfair Witch series since I do want to re read them. I also keep any young adult that my son may enjoy like Harry Potter.