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Do you need to have pbooks in your home?
#1  Sydney's Mom 09-16-2019, 10:08 AM
My husband and I are looking to redecorate our vacation house, maybe spend more time here. As we were talking about what to redecorate, I realized we have no books out here. We both bring our kindles, and do a lot of reading, but it seems less of a house if you have no books. We don't read pbooks, so they would be just for looks, and we sure have a lot in our nonvacation house.

Do I need to truck some of those books here just to make this look like a home?
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#2  Deskisamess 09-16-2019, 10:21 AM
My husband and I do 98% of our reading on Kindles or Kindle apps on iDevices. However, we still have print books in just about every room of our house.

I am working on thinning them out, getting rid of old paperbacks etc. But I still need to see print books around. A house/home with no books is sad. Two of my husband's sisters don't read, and while their homes are always spotless, they have no books. It's weird.
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#3  issybird 09-16-2019, 10:28 AM
Quote Sydney's Mom
My husband and I are looking to redecorate our vacation house, maybe spend more time here. As we were talking about what to redecorate, I realized we have no books out here. We both bring our kindles, and do a lot of reading, but it seems less of a house if you have no books. We don't read pbooks, so they would be just for looks, and we sure have a lot in our nonvacation house.

Do I need to truck some of those books here just to make this look like a home?
Oh, good question!

I don't read pbooks anymore (or almost never; sometimes it's the only way to read a particular book), but I would miss not having books around me. More than anything, it's that I enjoy having books recalled to me by seeing their spines (this doesn't justify the doubleshelving I've done), which is an emotion entirely lost to me with ebooks. Calibre doesn't provide the same hit in the feels.

Part of the reason I've still got pbooks is laziness. Getting rid of books is hard work. But having them is hard work, too; is there anything that collects the dust quite so much? Ideally, I'd like to curate my books way down, so I had a few meaningful collections and best-loved books, but it's definitely a work in process. One way or t'other, it has to be done; if not now, eventually, unless I go out feet first first.

So, your question and I'm getting there. Mostly, I don't think it's worth the effort, especially since they'll never be read. Espouse the minimalist look. But a few favorites, or books that scream "vacation reading" might be nice to have around, just because. Just don't start lugging heavy cartons there, when the better destination is probably the used book donations at your local library.
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#4  fjtorres 09-16-2019, 10:53 AM
Quote Sydney's Mom
Do I need to truck some of those books here just to make this look like a home?
well, you could do this:

https://www.amazon.com/fake-books-decoration/s?k=fake+books+for+decoration

Or try some of these:

https://stylecaster.com/decorating-with-books/

Some people thinks books are essential decoration but I've seen many homes at all economic levels with no books.

In fact, no books but visible Kindles can be seen as a sign of technological expertise.

The real question is what do you think books are for? Reading or decoration?
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#5  Sweetpea 09-16-2019, 11:04 AM
I really couldn't get rid of all my books. Even though I've not read a paper book in a while. We've been through so much together, too many happy memories.
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#6  Catlady 09-16-2019, 11:11 AM
I can't imagine having NO books around--they're comforting--but I've gone over to the dark side and ruthlessly pared my book collection. Double shelving is a thing of the past, and I've even been able to discard entire bookcases.

But I don't know that I could see splitting up books between two homes; I'd be more likely to be picking up the occasional book at a thrift store near the second home and gradually ending up with a collection of books that live in that house.
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#7  Tomk2 09-16-2019, 11:26 AM
Yes, you do. If only so that you now have more shelf space between the two homes!

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#8  Apache 09-16-2019, 11:34 AM
I still have my hardbacks displayed around the house in various bookcases. All of my paperbacks are stored, in an indoor storage room, in my store. The books are in alphabetical order by author and each box is numbered. If I want to read a specific book I can go right to it. Even though I have not read a paper book in a long time I keep them just in case. For example, if I am called to jury duty again, the court systems here do not allow any electronic devices at all. The first time I was called I had to walk a half mile back to my vehicle and lock my book in it and then walk back. Parking is nonexistent around the building that houses the courts. It's all officers of the court and employees.
Apache
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#9  leebase 09-16-2019, 12:29 PM
You do you...but I got past the inclination to have a house full of books. I appreciate bookshelves filled with books at other people's houses. But it’s like that “new baby smell”. Sure, babies are nice...but I’m not going to make any more. I’ll wait for grand children
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#10  shalym 09-16-2019, 01:08 PM
I would say that you do, mostly because you may have a guest at some point who forgot to bring reading material.

Of course, the other reasons in this thread do apply to a certain extent, as well. Having paper books around me is comforting, even if I don't actually read them anymore.

Shari
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