The site asked, "If you could only choose a couple dozen books to keep, what would be at the top of your list?"
Faced with having to pare down my large collection, my first inclination is to keep the books that mean the most to me. That is, the physical books which hold some special meaning and can't, for me, be replaced by an ebook or a library copy.
- My 3 old Bibles
- My 1975 copy of Sybil
- King's Highway, the book I did the cover art for
- Hind's Feet on High Places
The next group of books I'd keep would be the ones that need the printed page and just don't work as well electronically.
- Art books filled with prints and etchings
- How-to books with lots of pictures and diagrams
Finally, I'd have to keep all the rare and out-of-print books.
- Old science fiction anthologies
- Books from my and my husband's childhood (Never Steal a Magic Cat, McBroom Tells a Lie, The Pop-Up Book of Star Wars)
- And probably many more
It's a good thing I do have more space than the little bookshelf in the picture, because I don't think everything I'd want to keep would fit there. But making this list has helped me think of a lot of books I can easily get rid of.
And by "get rid of" I mean "take to the used book store," where I can turn them in toward credit on more books!