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Books That We’ll Keep Forever

November 26, 2017

The books that we keep forever aren’t necessarily our favorite books. I’ve enjoyed many books in my life, but I don’t hold on to them anymore. I store a bunch of books on my kindle or my phone, but they don’t take up much space, and phones/ereaders are disposable anyway.

A book that we keep forever has to have a special quality, one that probably has nothing to do with the author, cover, or plot/topic of the book.

Dysfunctional Literacy

This might be beat up, but it's been in my family for over 50 years. This might be beat up, but it’s been in my family for generations.

I don’t keep many books anymore. Up until a few years ago, though, I used to be a book hoarder.  I was proud of my collection.   But then my wife and I had kids, other stuff accumulated in our house, we started moving around a lot, and books became digitized.

With all that was going on, it was more convenient and practical to sell or give away most of my books.  I don’t miss them.  But there are a few books that I kept, and I’m glad I did.  Each book that I kept has a story behind it, and those stories are more important than the stories in the actual books.

Book With Sentimental Value- The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (pictured above)

Tom Sawyer isn’t my favorite book ever, but I like it, and…

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  1. Nycke the Poet permalink

    I’m still into physical books. I’d rather curl up under a cover and read and turn the pages than read on a digital device. I love how books smell too.

    • Me too. And you can’t (or shouldn’t) keep an electronic device for 50 years and pass it down to the next generation like you can with books. Books are better.

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