10 Jun Tosses and Turns: Letting Go of Books—Yay or Nay?
BY KB MENIADO
Welcome to Tosses and Turns, where I rant-chant about whatever reading-related issue that has been keeping me up at night.
I’m at a crossroad in terms of my ways in this book hoarding life: Do I stop buying books and just let them all go? Or do I keep them and bury myself in a…
Intense, right? (Read: horrifying.)
But you see, I have little issue with letting some of my books go. I sell or give my books away every now and then, for reasons even I sometimes don’t understand.
Exhibit A: I sell a copy of Markus Zusak’s I Am The Messenger and buy a new one from the bookstore the next day. (Most likely with the same money I earned from having sold my first copy.)
Exhibit B: I sell a copy of Jeffrey Eugenides’ The Virgin Suicides and try to reserve all the different editions I can find online and then buy them.
Exhibit C: I give away a copy of a Murakami book and try to win a book giveaway contest for 1Q84. (Which I did in 2012, by the way, courtesy of Mensis Liber. Read our feature about this giveaway machine here.)
Exhibit D: I gift a copy of Lewis Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland and then tell a friend to give me the same book as a present when the right occasion comes.
I mean, seriously.
It’s not about the moneymoneymoney (although to be honest, it’s about 60%) and not even the shelf space. I just have this urge to purge. But when I do do it, I fall into this misery of missing all the books I’ve let go of, leading me to restock, so to speak. It’s a tiring, evil, vicious circle.
Why don’t I just keep all my books and shut up about it, then?
I wish I could. But I like to share. I’m not one of those people who read something awesome and keep it all to themselves. I’m the opposite, always wanting to talk about it, constantly asking people “Have you read this, have you read this, have you read thiiis?” and then exclaiming “YOU MUST!” (I obviously also like annoying people.). Not sharing just feels like a disservice to fellow readers, and well, that defeats the purpose of all this Bookbed thing, doesn’t it?
BUT THEN AGAIN…
I told you! Somebody send heeelp!
Is it hard to let go of books or is it just me? Share your thoughts in the comments below! ☁