December 8, 2003





Do you own books you will never read again?

Indeed. But I like my book collection and hate to be rid of any of them.

Talia, 25
Tallahassee, FL USA

Yes! Hoping to get rid of them soon!

Keri-Jade, 23
Brampton, Ontario CANADA

I own books I haven't even read once. So definitely have many that it is unlikely I will read again.

Felicia, 37
Lowell, MA USA

My mother-in-law runs a used book store. I send them to her.

Janet, 46
E. Brunswick, NJ USA


Alias Irrelevante

Yes. I have so many unread books that I will probably never catch up and reread any of the books I've read once.

Cathie, 53
Novi, MI USA

Most of the novels I've bought I will read again. (With a few exceptions - mostly murder mystery books, as they don't really work if you can remember the ending!) But the main books I own, but probably won't read again are some of the ones I have bought for my course. Some of them I will end up refering to in my professional life, but because my course covers such a wide range of disciplines, I know I have books on areas in which I know I will not

Winchester UK

A few. I should get rid of them, but I tend to hoard things.

Aly, 17
Cardiff UK

I own books I have never read. But they will probably move along at some point - yard sale or something. I will hang onto the ones that I might possibly get back to or develop an interest in.

Cindy, 41


Karen, 24
Ames, IA USA

I won't know the answer to that question until I'm blind on my deathbed.

Jill, 61
Saylorsburg, PA USA


Ryan, 29
Riedlingen GERMANY

Reading a book again is not like watching a movie twice. You can't do it again.

Melodi, 19
Gahanna, OH USA

Plenty... but the ones I keep are usually books I might like to share with a friend or loved one, and perhaps they were gifts from someone special... If it was a book that totally sucked and I bought it for myself, I'd be more likely to donate it to a local Literacy program.

Fisch, 47
Preston, CT USA

Of course I do. Some of them linger from neglect -- a few college text bookx definitely fall into that category. Others are still on my shelves because I will use them for reference. Kids' books are there because, in some cases, they are now being read by a third generation. Some are simply old friends whose presence I find comforting even if I have no current desire to reread them.

Jane, 63
West Linn, OR USA

of course. i own probably thousands of books. some i read every now and then but its hard to reread them because i practically memorize everything i read. so it gets boring.

i try to wait like a year before rereading a book but most of the time when i start it i remember the rest of the book. i have a lot of school books that i never sold back and i know that i
will probably never crack those but i keep them because one day i may need to refresh some things. i am not one to throw books away and i dont give them away either but i am definitely thinking about donating some of these books to the library.

i have the one that i am definitely not going to read in boxes. i guess i should get on that. i could have a book sale but i dont know how successful that will be. to the library i say.

ingrid, 22
Stockton, CA USA

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