Thursday, August 9, 2007

Booking Through Thursday - Multiples

Here's this weeks BTT. My answers will be brief because I'm stealing a little time from vacation to blog.

Do you have multiple copies of any of your books? I don't tend to keep many books (wow, that's probably an admission here). I have a few favorites on a bookshelf (and no duplicates that I know of). I tend to loan books out and don't worry about getting them back. I also donate good hard cover copies to my local library. They get put in the collection for other people to read. I have, accidentally, borrowed the same book more than once either from a library or a friend. It seems to happen if the cover is different. Once I start reading, I realize and return it.

If so, why? Absent-mindedness? You love them that much? First Editions for the shelf, but paperbacks to read? The only duplicates I have are borrowed, and it truly is absent-mindedness, especially if the cover is different. I seem to have a memory for covers.

If not, why not? Not enough space? Not enough money? Too sensible to do something so foolish? Space is one of the issues, for sure. I don't think it's foolish to keep a personal library. In fact, my classroom library has 100s of books, and I add to it all the time. That's probably why I can give away books at home.


Cee Cee said...

I guess if I lived in a mansion, I could live with having multiple copies. Since I don't, I couldn't stand to house multiples. My nerves, my nerves! Have a great day!

BookGal said...

Cee Cee: Don't think I'd want to clean the mansion.

Kristy said...

I don't see much point in multiples, but I do have a personal library. Happy BTT!

Presbyterian Gal said...

You don't KEEP many books!! *gasp* How do you do that? I want to do that. But then I'll pick up my old Carlos Castanedas and Frank Herberts and think, "well, I will probably want to read them again when I'm older than dirt and they start book burnings again."

For me, multiple copies only happen when I'm forgetful.

Have fun this week!!

BookGal said...

We just got so overrun with them that we only keep a very few favorites. It does seem strange, doesn't it?