I’m a reader. I don’t mean that to sound as though I do light reading, or that I have an interest in books. I read constantly, and I think many Pagans/Occultists are the same way.
Yesterday it was time to purge my collection. For about two weeks I had been waiting for friends to come by and peruse my collection and pick out what they wanted before I took the whole mess to my favorite Used Book Store.
In the end only one of my friends stopped by, and he took a total of three books, which didn’t even punch a peep-hole in the collection.
Every few years I do this. Every few years I collect so many books that I need to just give them away, trade them for credit at the Used Book Store, or leave them at the local charity bookstore. Mostly these are Fantasy, Scifi, and Horror titles and mostly fiction. I rarely part with non-fiction, as I’m pretty picky about my non-fiction choices and they tend to be good or useful in some way.
So, now after hauling a few hundred books to the Used Book Store of choice, I still have about 30 more that will go to the charity book store that gives all proceeds to the local library system. And when my wife came home yesterday from work she still said “We have a lot of books.” Because we do, or I do…after all that work I still have books that never leave my house.
…and now that I have about 150$ in trade-in credit at my bookstore of choice not only will my collection grow once more, but many of my old books may return. The problem with frequenting the same bookstore for twenty years is that you find yourself buying and re-buying some of the same books…as long as the money stays local I guess that’s a good thing.