Can I part with them?

As I’ve been reading more and thinking more about reading lately, I’ve been pondering my collection of Stephen King paperbacks. I rarely read anything by King anymore. I have read maybe half of my collection and will certainly not re-read those that I have finished in the next decade. They take up at least one whole book shelf (I’m pretty sure there are more in a box somewhere) and I don’t have a lot of bookshelf space to spare.

So what is the sense of this hoarding? It’s silly, right? But I’ve had them for almost half my lifetime and for quite a while they were nearly all I read. I even wrote a paper in a college English class comparing the first several pages of one novel (I can’t remember which one but I know I haven’t read it) to Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. And maybe some day, one of my children will become as infatuated with King as I once was and I could pass my collection on to them. But then I’d be denying them the pleasure of seeking out and collecting these books — especially the lessor-known ones — on their own.
So I think the collection and I will soon part ways. I’ll have to do it quickly, like ripping off a Band-Aid.
And is the bigger question: Why do I agonize over such ridiculous choices?
(points to the first person to guess my favorite Stephen King book)

4 comments for “Can I part with them?

  1. crafty
    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm

    Many of us have trouble parting with things. I had lunch with my brothers and sisters the other day and we were discussing how our parents that grew up in the depression are savers and how our generation has many of those tendencies because that is how we grew up. Now our children are more of a throw away generation because they are farther removed from having to save and reuse. However, when it comes to things that we spent much time searching and scouring for it is hard to part with them, just becuase. I still have all my Robin Cook and Patricia Cornwell books but you’re right I will probably never read them again (because I keep finding new books to read). Oh well, life goes on.

  2. Jen
    January 13, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    I’m all for saving and reusing but there’s no sense saving something I’m not going to reuse. I’d rather someone else get a chance to reuse it.So, I packed up about a half a grocery bag or so of SK books yesterday, along with a few kids books neither kid ever showed interest in and a couple of resource-type books that I never go to as a resource because I always look online. It’s so nice to have a neat, orderly bookcase with room to breathe!

  3. guppy
    January 13, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    Would your favorite book be IT?

  4. Jen
    January 14, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    Becky wins! Don’t know what you win though ;)

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