This week's topic for the Tuesday Thingers group:
Have you ever used the Swap This Book function which can be found on the main page of any book . . . . If so, what do you think about it? If not, are there any other swap sites you utilize to exchange books once you are done? What do you do with your books if you no longer want them anymore?
OK, to answer the first question – I had never used or even noticed the "Swap This Book" feature – this is the first time I've looked at it. And what do I think about it? I think it looks interesting. To paraphrase Jean Brodie, "for people who like that sort of thing, that's the sort of thing they like."
As I may have said once or twice before on this blog, I have a really hard time parting with books. Once they come into my clutches, they're mine for life. Unless, of course, they belong to the public library or someone else has lent them to me. In that case, I do eventually give them back – grudgingly.
Otherwise, I tend to hoard books as though Ray Bradbury's book burners might be knocking at the door. That's probably why I still have that ancient paperback copy of Helmet for My Pillow (WWII memoirs by historian Robert Leckie) moldering in storage somewhere – a book I read (for some unfathomable reason) when I was a teenager and just never managed to throw out. And several Harold Robbins novels. I've never even read a Harold Robbins novel, but somehow I managed to acquire these and they've found a home.
So you see, the question of what I do with my books when I don't want them anymore is not one I'm qualified to answer. I always want them. I want all my books. I want all your books, too.
Now, if you asked my husband, he'd have a whole other take on the problem. And, yes, I admit – it's not a good neurosis for someone who lives in a smallish one-bedroom city apartment with limited storage space. Is there anyone out there conducting interventions for book hoarders? If you know of anyone, don't send them my name.
Tuesday Thingers is a weekly meme for LibraryThing users, hosted by Wendi's Book Corner.