Chitchat (Aug. 20): Letting go is the hardest thing to do

Sometimes selling books is REALLY DIFFICULT. Not because nobody wants to buy them, but because I don’t want to get rid of them! Wicked Plants

For instance, I recently sold my copy of Wicked Plants via Half.com, and I had to argue with myself for three days about actually sending it to the buyer. Why?
1. It matches Wicked Bugs (affiliate link – more info), which I also have (as of yet unread). The two of them together look so pretty on the shelf!
2. It’s a nice copy! The shape is nice, the paper is nice, the ink and art and writing is nice. I like it!
3. It’s a good book! See my review? I really enjoyed it.

I finally managed to convince myself that a) I could probably get two or maybe even three new books for what I’m getting for Wicked Plants, b) I’m probably never gonna reread Wicked Plants so keeping it on my shelf just to look nice is pointless (and taking up valuable real estate), and c) once I read Wicked Bugs I could sell that, too, and then I wouldn’t have to worry about breaking up the set. Plus secret option d) I could always re-buy a copy if I really needed to.

So I sent it, and I’m waiting for my money to be deposited, and I’m thinking of what books to get with that money. But it was hard!

Do you ever find it tough to get rid of books?

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2 Comments

  1. I do, I do! Most of the time it’s clear I won’t want the books again, but sometimes it’s much harder. I have two copies of Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, one that I read (three paperbacks in a box set), and one enormous hardback that comforted me greatly when my grandfather died. I know I should get rid of the hardback because whenever I reread the book I absolutely always read the paperback (always, always). But I just can’t bring myself to do it. My mother keeps saying “Keep it if you want it!” (enabling me!), and I KNOW I should give it away. I should. I know.

    • I knew you’d understand, Jenny! ♥ And yeah, I hear you about Jonathan Strange. At one point I had three different versions of it and couldn’t figure out which to get rid of. The good thing about that book is that it’s so old now that you can for sure find it in bargain bins and whatnot if you want to re-buy it later! Plus hardcovers are so heavy to move around, yo.

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