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    Quote Originally Posted by bae View Post
    It is so very hard giving up all these memories of who we used to be, who we dreamed of being, and all the infinite possibilities books represent.
    The existential issue behind almost every collection....
    If Americans expended even a fraction of the energy on civic engagement that we spend on consumer ideology, our democracy would be much healthier. Can you imagine people camping out to vote? -- Charles Roberts, Amherst, Mass., Nov. 25, 2006

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    The prices of used books continues to drop here. Our local library is selling many at 6 for $1 - only .17 each.
    Of course my book-loving SO thinks this is fantastic and will buy a bagful, so we are actually going in the other direction here

    I like the Little Free Library concept https://littlefreelibrary.org/

    I admit I used to judge people who didn't have any books in their house, but of course these days it doesn't mean they're not reading. I do wonder where this will all end up - will libraries be rows of people with headphones on staring at screens?

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    Oh Lainey, I hope not, but I do see even in our little library many more audio books and many more available on line. I just cannot get into the electronic reading or listening. I truly love books although most are at the library!

    Congratulations, Bae on culling so many books.

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    https://lithub.com/susan-orlean/ Not sure if this will connect. Lit hub is the website.

    Lovely article/interview -love of libraries!

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    Thatís funny - I have about 3 books in my house. Genealogical books about my family that were written by distant relatives. Yet I read about a book a week and I have since age 8 or so. I just donít own them in physical form.

    Thinking of someone looking at my house and judging me as a non-reader is a new and amusing idea to me! 😄

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    I too have been guilty of wondering what is wrong with people who don't have any books in their homes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tammy View Post
    That’s funny - I have about 3 books in my house. Genealogical books about my family that were written by distant relatives. Yet I read about a book a week and I have since age 8 or so. I just don’t own them in physical form.

    Thinking of someone looking at my house and judging me as a non-reader is a new and amusing idea to me! ��
    I am the same way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bae View Post
    It is so very hard giving up all these memories of who we used to be, who we dreamed of being, and all the infinite possibilities books represent.
    This is expressed so well! This is exactly how I feel about books!

    I have let go of a LOT of books, but still have many more on the shelves. Everything in its own time.
    To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world. - Anon.

    Be nice whenever possible. It's always possible. - Dalai Lama

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    Before I became disabled, I read 2-3 books a week all of my life, I couldn't afford to keep buying them (even when the Mystery Book Store had their $1 sale and I would buy 200), nor storing them. I rarely re-read a book. I gifted certain books to certain people, donated the rest and then became a library fiend. I have probably 10 permanent books in my house. Since I got sick, it takes me a month to read what I read in 3 nights, I lost the thing about me that I loved the most. But I'm still reading book reviews and requesting the books from the library, the "To Read" list is just a lot longer. I think Interlibrary Loan is the best thing ever invented. I used to judge people who didn't have books in their houses. Now I judge those without a library card (sorta, lol).

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    oh, I just finished reading this book, my hoarder mom is going to read it and my aunt who helps control the hoard is going to as well. Hopefully, we'll all gain some insights and make some progress. I lie awake at night thinking about the crap my parents are leaving me and it depresses me. I won't do that to my kids. I liked this book better than Kondo because the author is gentler. But she does give less concrete steps in how to really death clean, like the OP said, it's more motivational.

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