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    Bookshelves

    If you have one, which book has been in the collection the longest?

    My shelf in Thailand started when I got here. I was reading The Damage Done on the flight. I kept it and Warren Fellows began my most recent collection.

    What does your bookshelf mean to you and why have you kept the books that remain there? Are your books resources, highlighted and marked up? Or are they like temples not to be blemished?

    These are the books I value more than others. I re-read most of them at some point and that's why I've chosen to keep them. Books by Bill Bryson are marked while works of fiction tend to remain clean.

    What do think your bookself says to those skimming the titles?

    Although I don't build my collection for others, I think it might say I've got a mind for facts and classical literature has escaped me.

    For the books that haven't made the cut, what is done with them?

    Most of my books are passed on in some way or another. I've rarely sold a book but am considering doing so more often.

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    Re: Bookshelves

    Quote Originally Posted by crew View Post
    If you have one, which book has been in the collection the longest?
    Possibly The Stand by Stephen King. I discovered it by accident when I was a teenager, and I've read it several times. I have the uncut version with me in Thailand, but the original still proudly stands on my bookshelf in England.

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    What does your bookshelf mean to you and why have you kept the books that remain there? Are your books resources, highlighted and marked up? Or are they like temples not to be blemished?
    The books on my bookshelf are books that I feel are classics, or that have made a distinct impression on me when I was reading them. Only a small proportion of my non fiction books have been annotated.

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    What do think your bookself says to those skimming the titles?
    Probably nothing. I've read a wide variety of books, most of which seem unrelated to each other. To others looking at my bookshelf it probably looks like a random collection of books thrown together.

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    For the books that haven't made the cut, what is done with them?
    They are piled up on lower shelves, where they gather dust. I don't like to get rid of books I've read. Often a family member will choose one to read.

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    Re: Bookshelves

    Quote Originally Posted by crew View Post
    If you have one, which book has been in the collection the longest?
    I don't have any books salvaged from my childhood home, so it would be something I did for my 'A' level English Lit. course - probably 'Macbeth', 'The Power and The Glory' or 'Tess of the d'Urbervilles'

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    What does your bookshelf mean to you and why have you kept the books that remain there? Are your books resources, highlighted and marked up? Or are they like temples not to be blemished?
    I used to leave books behind when I moved, but about 15 years ago I decided I wasn't going to let anything go. I've only ever re-read three books I think. 'London Fields' by Martin Amis, 'Crime and Punishment' and 'The Insult' by Rupert Thomson. So maybe it's not really logical for me to keep them all, but the price you get for second hand books is rubbish anyway.

    I don't see books as 'temples', but I do respect them as what the author wanted to write, so I never add anything to them. Except if I lend them out I write my name on the inside cover in pencil.



    If I buy a second hand book and someone has written in it I invariably tend to think the person is a bit of a twat. Even if the comments are insightful, which is very rare.

    Then there's the ones with a written dedication inside the front cover. 'From Jonathon to Lily, with love always'. Well, until Lily trades it in on Khao San Road for the price of a Pad Thai.

    It's difficult to say why I don't let any books go at all. I suppose it's because when we finally get a house of our own a major component of it for both of us will be a study. Not just a bookshelf -a sizeable room crammed with books.

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    What do think your bookself says to those skimming the titles?
    That would depend totally on the person skimming them. For sure they would say that we both read quite a lot of fiction.

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    For the books that haven't made the cut, what is done with them?
    Just left behind for cleaners to throw away or sell - but as I said, nothing is left behind these days.

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    Re: Bookshelves

    Quote Originally Posted by crew View Post
    If you have one, which book has been in the collection the longest?
    I have several dozen lurid historietas from the newstands of forlorn fly-blown Mexican bus stations ranging from cowboy stories to ultra-violent police procedurals. Mix this in with my wife's Thai novels (I haven't the foggiest what they're about, but the covers have pastel coloured pictures of flowers and Thai women in traditional dress).
    What does your bookshelf mean to you and why have you kept the books that remain there? Are your books resources, highlighted and marked up? Or are they like temples not to be blemished?
    My books are in a picnic basket. Don't ask...
    What do think your bookshelf says to those skimming the titles?
    Probably, 'erm...huh? I don't get it.'
    For the books that haven't made the cut, what is done with them?
    Nobody I know here would be interested in my collection of cheap crappy Mexican pulp (can't really say literature) so I guess I'll hang onto them.

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    Re: Bookshelves

    On Writing by Stephen King.

    A couple of South East Asia Lonely Planet guides.

    Candide by Voltaire, which I'll have to actually read now that I've put it here.

    Quote Originally Posted by happynz View Post
    Nobody I know here would be interested in my collection of cheap crappy Mexican pulp (can't really say literature) so I guess I'll hang onto them.
    Not so fast fella, did you say cheap AND crappy?
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    Re: Bookshelves

    If you have one, which book has been in the collection the longest?
    I have an early edition of the Hobbit which my mother read to me when I was a kid

    What does your bookshelf mean to you and why have you kept the books that remain there? Are your books resources, highlighted and marked up? Or are they like temples not to be blemished?
    I highlight some books that's because I am studying using them. Normally books are sacred and I hate hate hate lending books to anyone else and nobody is allowed to read a book I have bought before me....


    What do think your bookself says to those skimming the titles?
    Very heavy on the history and literature with some junk books thrown in for good measure plus all my *ahem* graphic novels (I still have all my old 2000 AD and TMNT comics)

    For the books that haven't made the cut, what is done with them?
    I keep pretty much all the books I buy but I tend to read a lot of history and I like to refer back to them, I'm so sad I even brought all my books from the UK. Only Dan Brown didn't make the cut!
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    Re: Bookshelves

    Quote Originally Posted by haltest View Post
    graphic novels
    Don't be shy....comics!!!....say it loud and proud


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    Quote Originally Posted by kenkannif View Post
    Don't be shy....comics!!!....say it loud and proud
    OK, I've been reading comics for the last 30+ years.........

    Started with Beano/Dandy then Whizzer and Chips, moved to Roy of the Rovers and ended up on 2000 AD / Batman / Preacher / Sandman etc.

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    Me to the 2 mate

    Got a whole bookshelf...well...a like 6 bookshelf bookshelf.....of 'em!!! My pride and joy!!!

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    Re: Bookshelves

    Quote Originally Posted by crew View Post
    If you have one, which book has been in the collection the longest?
    probably a big compendium of second world war newspaper cartoons. had it as a small kid for some reason, was fascinated by it. salvaged from my parent's house a coupla months ago.

    Quote Originally Posted by crew View Post
    What does your bookshelf mean to you and why have you kept the books that remain there? Are your books resources, highlighted and marked up? Or are they like temples not to be blemished?
    right now, i just like them there. they look good and are fun to skim through. used to cherish my collection then started moving around and stuff got left/given here and there in many different parts of the u.k and theh thailand. i like my collection now but time has taught me not to be precious about them.

    Quote Originally Posted by crew View Post
    What do think your bookself says to those skimming the titles?
    that my interests are quite eclectic i guess. that i love fiction from the 19th century, the occult, survivalism, self-sufficiency, comedy, maps and war reportage.

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    For the books that haven't made the cut, what is done with them?
    they get kept. or lost. or lent. or given.
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    Re: Bookshelves

    If you have one, which book has been in the collection the longest?

    no idea. probably the complete sherlock holmes

    What does your bookshelf mean to you and why have you kept the books that remain there? Are your books resources, highlighted and marked up? Or are they like temples not to be blemished?

    i love it! most of the books i have kept over the years relate to south east asian history and politics. when i get my writing head on i use them as source material so many have highlighted sections in them

    What do think your bookself says to those skimming the titles?

    that i d need to get out more

    For the books that haven't made the cut, what is done with them?

    just dropped a few at the school library
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