Posted by: gillarbuthnott | May 31, 2019

Getting rid of books…

Image result for piles of old booksI had to move the small bookcase where I keep the old books I’ve bought at jumble sales and such over the years, to have a new carpet laid.  When I looked at these books (for the first time in a very long time), I had to admit that I probably wouldn’t ever read most of them. I’m never going to be the person who sits down with James Joyce’s Ulysses, or Lavengro, or Dorothy Osborne’s Letters. And I certainly don’t ever want to read The House with Green Shutters again, as it’s surely the world’s most depressing book. As for 23 volumes of Walter Scott… They’re quite decorative on the shelf, but totally unreadable (I suppose that could just be me, though). I don’t suppose I can sell them, so Oxfam bookshop, here I come…

On the other hand, I did find a 2nd edition of Darwin’s Descent of Man in there, which is worth considerably more than the 7/6 sale price pencilled inside it…

I’ll definitely be keeping the Flight of the Heron trilogy, and the Dante, and the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam and the Henry James that I didn’t even know I had. And look! Now there’s some empty shelf space. Perhaps when I’m in the Oxfam bookshop…


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