I have always spent more on books than anything else but groceries. I have loved to read since I was three years old. That was 71 years ago. When I turned 45 I became a bookseller for twenty years. As I look at all my left over inventory and my extensive personal library, I do have some regrets. I have shelves and boxes of books everywhere I look in the house, garage, and outbuilding,s and I have two full Kindles as well. One can accumulate too many books.
I realize it’s time to get rid of most of my books and face the fact that I may never read some of them. My interests have changed over the years, as has my lifestyle. The parenting books and obsolete cookbooks are no longer useful. Most of the fiction isn’t worth reading again. What’s most useful now are reference and history books. The rest is fine to read on my Kindles.
Yet, I am attached to many of the books I haven’t read yet and can’t get rid of them until I’ve read them or decided they aren’t as useful as I thought. I just know that any nonfiction book I sell or give away will be just the one I will need someday.