As you know, I’ve spent the past year de-hoarding my house. This includes getting rid of books. As I’ve been sorting through them, I realized I was giving away friends. Not the books themselves, but the characters and the stories.
One thing I’ve not allowed myself to do is read the back blurb or to skim through the pages. I knew if I did, I would get rid of few books, mostly the duplicate titles. The reason I hung onto the books in the first place is because of the people in them. The heroes I wanted for myself, the heroines I wished I was, and the wonderful other characters who touched my heart or funny bone. And all the clever ideas, the rich language, the sharp clever voices.
What makes a keeper book? One thing is the story line that may not be finished. Can’t get rid of any of the books until I know how the story ends, can I? Or maybe the story’s finished, but I loved it so much, I can let go of it yet. As I went through the boxes, I did watch for certain titles. It’s a given that if I remembered the title, I love the book and want to keep it.
One thing I did notice as I went through the books is the change in my reading. There were several authors, some still writing and some not, that I no longer read. Have to admit, for a moment, I hesitated about some of those authors I no longer read, but then, luckily, I remember my TBR pile, all the books I DO plan to read or replace and read, and I gave the orphaned books a hearty “Thank you and goodbye, old friend!”