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message 1: by Lori, Super Mod (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:20PM) (new)

Lori (tnbbc) | 10285 comments Mod
I really dont think i can part with any of my books.
I go through phases... change genres and preferences all the time...
Each book meant something to me at some point in my life. Its almost like a photo album, I can pick up a book and remember what i was doing, who i was hanging out with, what i was feeling at the time i was reading it.

Not to mention i am building up quite a library for myself!

But what about you? Are there any books you would not be willing to get rid of?

message 2: by Clayton (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:20PM) (new)

Clayton | 13 comments I have a few that I just cannot part with. A hardcover edition of Agatha Christie's autobiography is one I read over and over and will never part with. Another is a first edition of Around the World with Auntie Mame (sequal to the original Auntie Mame novel). Apparently it was never originally published in hardcover for paper shortage reasons (?) and was first released in a small paperback printing. I also have a huge copy of the collected works of Dickens that is no collector's item, but is sentimental because it was the first book I saved up to buy while in high school. (Thats the kind of book geek I am, LOL)

message 3: by Rachael (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:23PM) (new)

Rachael Harry Potter
My Sergei
This Moment on Earth (mostly because I got it autographed by the authors)
Tuesdays with Morrie
Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

message 4: by Blujbird (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:24PM) (new)

Blujbird Twig | 12 comments The Village of Bom Jesus by Lloyd Hill
The Living by Annie Dillard
The Sleep Book By Dr.Suess

message 5: by Jeannie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:24PM) (new)

Jeannie | 8 comments Having moved around a bit in my life time, I was forced, at various times, to let go of some of my books......very painful experiance.
I keep most everything. I have a book inscribed "Merry Christmas Jeannie
Love, Mom and Dad ---- 1955"
I am getting better at giving books away once I've read them but my older ones are with me for life. They are more than a book.....they are the time and place in which I read them. Letting go of books is like letting go of friends.

message 6: by Lori, Super Mod (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:24PM) (new)

Lori (tnbbc) | 10285 comments Mod
"They are more than a book.....they are the time and place in which I read them. Letting go of books is like letting go of friends. ".....

Jeannie, you stole the words right out of my mouth!

message 7: by peg (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:26PM) (new)

peg (mcicutti) | 24 comments I have a box of Bibles that various people in my family have owned over several generations. Some are falling apart, others have very fragile pages. I don't even know who owned some of the Bibles but I can't seem to part with them.

message 8: by Brooke (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:27PM) (new)

Brooke I have a few....
To Kill a Mockingbird
Don't Sweat the Small stuff(and it's all small stuff)
The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom
A Place to Call Home
The Canterbury Tales

message 9: by Diane (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:29PM) (new)

Diane  (dianedj) I have the Cleveland Armory trilogy: The Cat Who Came for Christmas, The Cat and the Curmudgeon, and The Best Cat Ever - all personalize to me and signed by Mr. Armory.

Also I have signed first editions of the complete works of Dennis Lehane (who wrote Mystic River and Gone Baby Gone). I met him when he was an unknown in a local Boston bookstore and I bought his first book.

message 10: by Recynd (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:29PM) (new)

Recynd | 4 comments I've got a couple of books that have sentimental value: "The Baby Beebee Bird", a couple of the "Great Brain" series, a first edition "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory", and the "Little House on the Prarie" set, all from when I was little.

I love old books, and the few that I have, I couldn't bear to part with: "The Spell of the Yukon", by Robert W. Service, dated around the turn of the centure, I think; four or five of the old "Cherry Ames" series, a couple of old "Partridge Family" paperback books, and a couple of first edition Pearl Buck books (although not "The Good Earth", naturally).

Most books, though, I love because of what's IN them; other than ones that are inscribed, they can usually be replaced (although if they go out of print, I'm in trouble...I just tried looking for books from "The Three Investigators" series [anybody remember those??], and I was S.O.L.).

Anyway, I'm new; nice to meet you!

message 11: by Lynn (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:35PM) (new)

Lynn (dwell_ondreams) My Neil Gaiman collection, The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, my many mythology books. . . . well, just about everything on my bookshelf is a keeper.

But especially the beaten up copy of The Sneetches & Other Stories by Dr. Seuss that my Mom gave me after buying a new copy for herself. That one has a lot of memories. The spine is completely gone, but the pages are still sewn together pretty tightly. Gotta love old books. :)

message 12: by Jenna (last edited Aug 25, 2016 02:08PM) (new)

Jenna (jentobox) | 7 comments Oh gosh I love all my books! But my most beloved book is probably Ella Enchanted. I've had it since I got into reading... and of course probably my BSC series and Jud Blumes. LOL. You can't find those babies anywhere anymore.

message 13: by Lori, Super Mod (new)

Lori (tnbbc) | 10285 comments Mod
Well, hopefully, come February 19th, I will have three books that I would never ever ever let go of, and those would be three signed copies of David Maines novels.

A girlfriend and I are going to see him at his book reading session in NYC... I am so excited I cannot wait. Its like waiting for christmas to come!

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Ali (alibubba) River God - Wilbur Smith
The Collected Poems of A.E. Housman
The Poetry of Robert Frost
The Lion's Game - Nelson DeMille
London - Edward Rutherfurd

message 15: by ScottK (last edited Jan 27, 2008 05:43PM) (new)

ScottK | 535 comments Even though I just finished it I can not see myself ever getting rid of The Shadow of the Wind
or The Meaning of Night for that matter.

message 16: by Tana (new)

Tana Harrison I just recently decided to clean off some shelves. But I did have a pile that I couldn't part with. The Illustrated versions of DaVinci Code and Angels and Demons by Dan Brown, 3 weeks with my Brother by Nicholas Sparks, Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom, and Corker by Anya Bateman. These are my all time favorites that I can read over and over.

message 17: by Cindy (new)

Cindy (wanna_read_all_the_books) All of my Harry Potters (I have multiple editions of most of them), my copy of To Kill A Mockingbird but I may buy a new copy to read as the one I've got I've had for twenty plus years and it's getting a little ragged, my hardback 50's and 60's editions of Beverly Cleary's Henry Huggins and Ramona Quimby books, my signed LKH series, my Postsecret books.

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★Lalita ❤︎ (lalita) | 8 comments Harry Potter Series
Little House on the Prairie Series
The Chronicles of Narnia
Erma Bombeck books
Chicken Soup for the Cat Lover's Soul
Grimm's Fairy Tales

There are so many I love. It's so hard to choose and I could never part with them:)

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Amy | 1 comments Diane,
I'm so jealous you met Dennis Lehane. I love him!!

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Celeste (celestelueck) | 107 comments Like everyone else, there are quite a few I couldn't get rid of. Among those are:
Harry Potter series
several Bobbsey Twins Mysteries
John Bellairs Mysteries(oh I think I need to reread these again)
The Mist of Avalon
The Shadow of the Wind
Carter Beats the Devil
The Da Vinci Code
several of my grandfather's school books
The King's Stiles by Dr Suess(this is a book that no one seems to remember)
The Dark Materials Trilogy
China Bayles Mysteries
Inkheart and Inkspell
The Dark is Rising series

You get the picture. I don't have room for all the books read, much less, those that are unread.

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Melanie My author signed books, mainly Lonesome Dove.

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Katie (hockeygoddess) | 257 comments Oh my gosh...there are so many! I don't part with things very often (trust me...ask my mom & my best friend...I am a hoarder!) I love all of my books! I don't even like to lend them out to others:( I may have to think about it in terms of what books I would grab if there were a fire raging & I only had a minute to grab books...I'll get back to you on this!

Bloomin’Chick (Jo) aka The Eclectic Spoonie (bloominchick) i don't ever plan on getting rid of any of the books on my "all time favs" shelf! since there's 32 or more of them listed there, i won't hog up space here! feel free to take a look at this shelf on my profile!

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Chloe (countessofblooms) | 1128 comments I find it nearly physically impossible to get rid of books. Starting with the trashiest, mostly pulp fiction, sci-fi that I fell head-over-heels for in 3rd grade up through today, I have only been able to get rid of 50 or 60 titles. I even bought multiple copies of books that I recommend to people so I can lend them out without having to be afraid of not getting them back, or getting them back damaged. Like an earlier poster wrote, my books are not just the stories within them but also a touchstone for the time/place where I initially read them. This is especially true with my bookmarks, which tend to be scraps of food packaging, subway tickets, concert tickets, beer labels, or whatever detritus is on hand from wherever I find myself. Flipping through a book takes me back to where I was when I read it- it's a very basic time machine .

That said, if my house were on fire and I had to run for my life, there are books I would risk serious injury in order to save.

My signed copy of Stranger in a Strange Land. The first edition Ender's Game that my wife bought me for Christmas one year. My mom's old copy of Catcher in the Rye which she marked up very thoroughly for a Lit class in college. My grandmother's first edition hardcover copy of The Grapes of Wrath. My mom's extremely battered copy of On The Road , which was her bible in the late 60s when she hitched up and down California.

Still, were I to lose any of the other books on my shelf I would be absolutely devastated and would probably have to camp out in a bookstore to deal with the loss. Especially because I finally inherited most of my parent's library, the books I loved so much in my childhood, because they were preparing to move out of the country. Those books are really irreplaceable.

message 25: by Jeane (new)

Jeane (icegini) | 4891 comments all of them!!!

message 26: by Lori, Super Mod (new)

Lori (tnbbc) | 10285 comments Mod
too true Jeane.
too true.

message 27: by Jessica (new)

Jessica | 1000 comments Well I am a member of BookMooch, so I don't really have a problem parting with some of my books if it means I will get new ones. But there are some that will never leave my shelves:

Harry Potter series
The Catcher in the Rye
The Great Gatsby
Any presidential/historical books
All of my books about Lucille Ball/I Love Lucy

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Ashley  (angelashly) | 160 comments I like to keep all my books but these for sure will be kept.

My Twilight series
The Other Boleyn Girl

message 29: by Kathy (last edited Oct 28, 2008 07:44AM) (new)

Kathy  (readr4ever) | 510 comments This question is a hard one, since I own so many books. I tried to think of it in terms of ones that I would have to keep in a scenario where I had only a small living space, like a room. Some that would go with me are the Harry Potter books, The Twilight series, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Spoon River Anthology, Laurie R. King's Mary Russell/Sherlock Homes series, all Roald Dahl books I own, Sena Jeter Naslund's Ahab's Wife and Abundance, Robert Frost collections, Lori Lansen's The Girls, John Irving's A Widow For One Year, Pat Conroy's Beach Music, Edgar Alan Poe collection, Call of the Wild, Jane Eyre, Rebecca, Fahrenheit 451, Doomsday Book ...
OK, I give up. This is too hard.

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Karlene Staves (karlenestaves) I feel the same as you do Lori. My books are a part of who I was, and who I am. I think I've tossed maybe one or two throughout the years, and only because they were ruined beyond repair. I don't think I could ever part with any of my books....=( I better stop buying book soon though, because if I don't and I can't toss any, I'm going to have to buy a house just to store them all!! Ha ha.

message 31: by Jess (new)

Jess Although I do trade in some of my books for newer books at used book stores, there are some that I will never get rid of.

I have two sets of Harry Potter books: one set I read repeatedly, and another that's all hardcover that I have only read once. Catcher in the Rye, The Witches, Where the Red Fern Grows, The Count of Monte Cristo and To Kill a Mockingbird.

these are the books I won't ever part with, they are too sentimental!

Petra on hiatus, really unwell (petra-x) Its not what books I must keep as those I can bear to part with. Books that I buy as paperbacks I feel less sense of ownership with - I've read the story, I don't mind (much) that it will have to go to make room for more books. But hardbacks, my precious animal intelligence collection, the art books, the biographies - these I pack in boxes and pile them on top of the wardrobe rather than part with them.

message 33: by Kellie (last edited Feb 25, 2009 03:45AM) (new)

Kellie (acountkel) | 992 comments Of course, my copies of books signed by the author. Will not part with those.
Some others...Audition, Perfect Storm, Harry Potter Series, Tale of Two Cities, some Autobiography's and Biographies
Christmas Train
A Walk in the Woods
An Innocent Man
Water For Elephants
The Autobiography of Santa Claus
The Tender Bar
Island of the Blue Dolphins
The Notebook
The Wedding
Cane River....

I too am a Moocher and a Swapper so I have no problem trading, especially paperbacks.
I tend to like to keep books that I have absolutely loved and most non-fiction.

message 34: by Connie (last edited Oct 29, 2008 06:51AM) (new)

Connie | 188 comments It would be hard to part with any of them really, and there are some I won't even loan out. Making my tops:

A Fine Balance
Atlas Shrugged
Fall on Your Knees
The Way the Crow Flies: A Novel
The Poisonwood Bible

message 35: by Boogoalo (new)

Boogoalo Phantom absolute favorite from childhood

message 36: by Jeane (new)

Jeane (icegini) | 4891 comments I just feel attached to books, even books that aren't mine..I can't stand it when I see how some people threat their books, it makes me feel bad. And they aren't even mine!!! it doesn't make sense.

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Cindy (cyndil62) | 253 comments I know what you mean Jeane, I feel the same way about books! When I get a library book and someone has turned the corner down, I try to straighten it and I'm thinking, "What in the XXX do they think they were doing?" Thought it was just me!!
I am a book hoarder too but would have to list my poetry books as those I would never get rid of; Robert Frost, Mary Oliver, Emily Dickinson... and my biographies, and The Secret Life of Bees, and Kathleen Woodwiss (loved her books when I was a teenager!) and.....well I don't want to get rid of any of my books!

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Elena | 45 comments I am a book hoarder. I could never, never, never be able to throw away any book... I wouldn't be able to choose, if I had to: all, or no one I'd say! :)

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Liz (arcanepenguin) | 285 comments I am keeping all of them, with the following exceptions:
- the dean koontz books
- some (not all) of the books I have 2 or more copies of.

The rest are MINE and going to stay that way :)

message 40: by Jeane (new)

Jeane (icegini) | 4891 comments I think I would be too emotional about them and if people see how I would threat them, they would think if I am nuts! I just had an image of me after I rescued one.....better keep the image for myself..they already don't want me anymore in the mental hospital

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Chloe (countessofblooms) | 1128 comments Jeane, you may not want to look at this then:

How To make a purse out of old Reader's Digest Condensed Classics

message 42: by Leila (new)

Leila Let's see:
The Harry Potter books by JK Rowling
The Twilight series by Stephenie Meyer
Pay it forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde
The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

The reason for this is because they bring a lot of memories to me :)

message 43: by Mary (new)

Mary The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien
A copy of Little Women that was given to me by a family friend when I was in 6th grade
For One More Day by Mitch Albom
The Harry Potter Series
The Last Lecture

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Oh where should I start. My 1881 leather bound complete works of Shakespeare. My Keats & Shelley Leather bound antique editions. ALL of my Rod McKuen poetry books. Robert Jordan, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, CS Lewis books, Little Women, All my Hard back books. Too many to list!

Abigail (42stitches) | 360 comments I never would have given up my Chronicles of Narnia. My dad bought them for me when I was 10. But I lent them out and never got them back. ^^;;

message 46: by JG (Introverted Reader) (last edited Oct 29, 2008 09:08PM) (new)

JG (Introverted Reader) I'm so sorry, Abigail! That's why I almost never lend out books. You don't have any way to get them back?

Any books on my "book-i-own" shelf here on GR are sticking with me. If I'm getting rid of it, I donate it to the library almost as soon as I finish it. But the ones that have the most sentimental value are:

A terribly battered copy of The Littlest Angel. This book's been around almost as long as I have.

My L.M. Montgomery collection (I believe I finally have them all)

My Charles de Lint collection.

A Weekly Reader collection (anybody else remember Weekly Reader?) that includes Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, Heidi, Tom Sawyer, and Black Beauty. I've probably had these since I was 8 or 10.

There are more that I love, but these are the ones with the most sentimental value and/or the ones I love the very most.

Edit: Okay, there are more children's books that I can't believe I forgot. I still have probably 25 or 30 Little Golden Books that I've had forever that I just couldn't part with. And there's this author, Stephen Cosgrove, who writes what I've always called "The Serendipity Books" that I've collected since I was about 5. The newest one is on my Christmas list for this year. They have beautiful illustrations by Robin James and nice little lessons at the end.

Okay, I'm done. I promise!

message 47: by Emma (new)

Emma My copy of Sophie's World broke in half years ago but I taped up both sections and made a little cover page for the second part. I'm not parting with that book any time soon.

message 48: by Cheri Howard (new)

Cheri Howard I am loath to get rid of any books, but I force myself to trade or donate ones that I know I will never read again, but only if I found them just mildly entertaining. I will NEVER part with my copies of the classics or copies of ones that I absolutely adored reading and would read again.

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Melissa (sweetmelissa818) I have so many books that I got from bargain bins and such, I could probably part with them after I read them. The number one book I will never part with is my copy of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt. It is my favorite book in the whole world and I will never get rid of it.

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Jackie (thenightowl) I have two autographed by Julia Alvarez who signed it after she spoke...that I won't part with. LOTR and Narnia are definite must haves because I plan on passing these to my future kids. The others in my possession I haven't read so I don't know if they are keepers yet.

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