Giving books to charity vs hoarding books in flat

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  • gammonbanter 18 Aug 2014 17:22:58 2,006 posts
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    My book collection is overflowing from my book case to the floor. I'm already two rows on each shelf. So time for a trip to the charity shop, problem is we went last year already and now our collection made up of favourites that we can't let go, gift books and books yet to be read.

    I'm tempted to donate, all but a few real favourites but am also tempted to buy another bookcase and pass the problem down the line. What do Eurogamers do with their book collections?
  • Dirtbox 18 Aug 2014 17:24:58 91,433 posts
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  • nickthegun 18 Aug 2014 17:28:19 82,983 posts
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    Charity shop them but then I only read things once, so ymmv.
  • Deleted user 18 August 2014 17:28:22
    I bought an ottoman bed and have it crammed full of old books I'll never read again, as all the bookshelves are rammed.

    Do something about it before it gets to the point where the problem is unmanageable!
  • Deleted user 18 August 2014 17:32:38
    Hah. Paper books. How quaint.
  • chopsen 18 Aug 2014 17:40:37 21,192 posts
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    Depends on the book.

    I can count on one finger the number of fiction books I've re-read (HHGTG). So tend to give them away to charity places once my shelf space is running low. Factual books I tend to keep to refer back to.

    Mostly read digital media now, even magazines.

    Edited by Chopsen at 17:41:20 18-08-2014
  • mrpon 18 Aug 2014 17:43:07 36,380 posts
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    Hoard those bastards. Don't come back till..

  • Deleted user 18 August 2014 17:44:03
    What on earth are you doing to get through multiple Kindles and Nooks?
  • chopsen 18 Aug 2014 17:46:45 21,192 posts
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    He reads in some dangerous places.
  • killersrquiet 18 Aug 2014 17:48:43 3,189 posts
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    Your not supposed to read books underwater. Nooks cannae take it
  • President_Weasel 18 Aug 2014 17:51:01 12,355 posts
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    Hoard those bastards is the correct answer. Get another bookcase or get someone competent to put shelving up everywhere.
  • Deleted user 18 August 2014 17:55:14
    I used to be a serious hoarder of stuff, but the older I get the more I enjoy a light as existence as possible. Physical stuff weighs you down.

    If you get genuine use out of the things you hoard then fair enough, but thinking having a shit load of physical stuff is somehow important or meaningful is a mistake imo. One day you will move and hate all of it. Or worse, one day you will die and your kids will hate all of it.

    Edited by kalel at 17:56:02 18-08-2014
  • gammonbanter 18 Aug 2014 17:58:38 2,006 posts
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    Something like this is the dream or this;

  • gammonbanter 18 Aug 2014 18:02:06 2,006 posts
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    @kalel I tend to agree with you, There's just something different about books, they're great furniture!
  • President_Weasel 18 Aug 2014 18:02:57 12,355 posts
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    Shelves baby, yeah!
    If I won the lottery I'd get a house with room for many, many shelves. Then I'd get many shelves, and then I'd spend my life filling them with books (I'd go outside occasionally too, it's OK because they let you take books with you)
  • nickthegun 18 Aug 2014 18:03:07 82,983 posts
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    After several house moves in succession, you quickly realise just how much shit you accumulate.

    I realise a good book collection is an aesthetic choice in itself and certainly beats shitty old wallpaper but deciding life was too short to lug half a ton of books that im never going to read again around every time I move was a godsend for this last one.

    Having said that, im patting myself on the back for trimming the fat down to 'only' 30 of my desert island books.
  • Deleted user 18 August 2014 18:04:13
    @LeoliansBro

    EIther I'm lucky, or you're not, but no book would survive the punishment my Kindle gets.
  • Deleted user 18 August 2014 18:06:03
    @gammonbanter

    A friend of mine has a booker border around every room in his house. Basically a shelf that sits just underneath the ceiling. It's pretty cool and very economical with space, if you really want to make a feature of millions of books that you'll never read again.

    I've also seen a bar literally made out of a stack of books with a thick glass sheet laid down on top to weigh them down. Also quite cool.
  • President_Weasel 18 Aug 2014 18:09:29 12,355 posts
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    LeoliansBro wrote:
    I was highly coveting this today:

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-_ctJE5bDKpU/UgyVC0abUrI/AAAAAAAAAL8/AfqZybEctZU/s1600/Awesome-Bookworm-Wall-Mounted-Creative-Bookshelves-Design-930x620.jpg
    Nah, the actual shelf space to wall area ratio is terrible! Although they do seem to have it in a fairly massive room so maybe they can get away with it. That's a whole wall that could be covered in books though!

    I like books.
  • Deleted user 18 August 2014 18:11:24
    I was faced with a similar problem a few years ago.  I had a massive book collection but after the age of 21 I stopped reading books but I've been carting boxes of books around with me.  So a few years ago I made the very difficult decision (I was a book horder) to take them to a charity shop.  It had to be done and I don't regret it.
  • Mr_Brown 18 Aug 2014 18:12:11 1,032 posts
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    Like with any collection its not about the amount you have or even worth (especially with books). So go through what you have and if you know you are never going to read it or have already read it then why keep it?

    Then it comes down to if a certain book has sentimental value. If not then get rid. Even if you want to reread it then get it on kindle or nook on a later date.

    You could take the lot to a local market stall or book shop and they might give you a small sum for the lot. Though to save hassle get the British Heat Foundation to pick them up. Think of it like this if you get rid of a load you have room for new books! Which is the most interesting part of a collection, building a new one.

    Edited by Mr_Brown at 18:14:39 18-08-2014
  • Load_2.0 18 Aug 2014 18:15:17 32,067 posts
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    An hilarious Säuberung themed party is the obvious answer.
  • faux-C 18 Aug 2014 18:18:09 11,204 posts
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    kalel wrote:
    I used to be a serious hoarder of stuff, but the older I get the more I enjoy a light as existence as possible. Physical stuff weighs you down.

    If you get genuine use out of the things you hoard then fair enough, but thinking having a shit load of physical stuff is somehow important or meaningful is a mistake imo. One day you will move and hate all of it. Or worse, one day you will die and your kids will hate all of it.
    I'm finding that too, but with everything except books.
  • drhickman1983 18 Aug 2014 18:19:00 7,002 posts
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    Get another shelf.

    gammonbanter wrote:


    Something like this is the dream or this;

    I genuinely daydream about how awesome it will be when I finally get my life sorted out and have a place of my own with shelves I can put things on, as opposed to renting room in a shitty shared house. Kinda think I might die before I realise that dream. Oh well.
  • mrpon 18 Aug 2014 18:19:43 36,380 posts
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    Just to be clear, fiction pfft ereader that shit up.

    Coffee table books though, cold dead hands etc..
  • Deleted user 18 August 2014 18:52:03
    If you want physical books for the display of it, then buy book by the yard like they used to do for stately homes. Otherwise, they're becoming more like DVDs/BDs and the like to me - only worth buying if they're either very special or something you particularly love.
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