Patricia Bray (pbray) wrote,

Thinning the herd

The Great Book Cull of 2010 continues, with more paperbacks boxed up for donation tonight. Every book needs to be gone through first, since my habit of using random bits of paper as bookmarks means that there are all sorts of treasures in there, from credit card receipts from the days when they printed the entire number on the slip, to an old student loan coupon which had my social security number and current address on it.

I've started the cull with romance and general fiction. Most of the romances are Regencies, and it's a catalog of loss as I look at all the publishers and lines that no longer exist, and the receipts from bookstores that closed long ago. I laughed as I realized that yes, I own four Regencies that bear the title A LONDON SEASON (mine, by the way, was a Zebra Regency 1997 release.)

Moving on to cull the F&SF will be harder, but it's time. Do I keep sentimental favorites like the Star Trek episode novelizations by James Blish? If I haven't read a book in more than 10 years, is it time to let it go? Or do I keep the ones I remember enjoying? My goal is to cut down my book collection by at least half--if there's zero chance that I'm going to reread it, then it needs to go.
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