One of my relatives saw my crammed bookshelves and the stacks of books on the floor next to the shelves. He asked, “Why do you keep your books?”
I gave him a strange look. Is that like the weirdest question ever?! “So I can read them again.”
Then he gave me a strange look and asked me another weird question. “Why? You already know what happens.”
I tried to explain that it doesn’t matter. That I like revisiting the books from time to time. Or, like recently I read a Michelle Reid book and once I was done I was in the mood for read some more Michelle Reid books. I was able to find some of my favorite Michelle Reid books in my bookshelf, allowing me to stay in the fantasy world just a little bit longer.
He didn’t get it. He suggested I give away all my books away and if I felt like reading a book again I could make a visit to the library.
Get rid of my books? I. Don’t. Think. So. He’s lucky I didn’t throw my books at him.
Do you have to defend your book habit? What do you say or do when someone encourages you to let go of your books?