We’re moving in a few weeks, and one of my goals is that we go out of this apartment with less stuff than we brought in. Can we do it? I don’t know. But since Doug has had more free time lately, he’s been going through past collections. On one day lately it was books.
I don’t have many books, I’m more of a library girl, so my short row of books doesn’t take much room on the book shelf. Doug had some books from his pre-parenting days when he had time to sit around and read high-brow philosophy books. On any other person’s shelf or coffee table those would be there to make someone look smart, but Doug actually read them, and there were more books that he had bought before I converted him to be a library user too. (The Kindle is cool, but we haven’t bought one since our library is well-stocked.)
When he took his stack of books over to the used book store to sell them, he noticed a big difference in the store’s inventory from a year or two ago. He said there were a lot of old books, but very few recent books like there used to be. I suppose it’s a result from more people buying e-books?
What remains the same is the tiny sum that books are worth when you try to resell them, and Doug pocketed his $11 offer for all of his books, bringing back memories of college bookstores and the semiannual disappointment of how little someone will offer you for your $90 Physics textbook. That you used twice.
The bookshelf now looks neater and well-edited, so that has got to be worth something.
When I looked through my books I found a two-book set by Shaunti Feldhahn that I read earlier this year. I mentioned it when we discussed why we make our to-do list too hard and how men and women think differently.
- For Women Only: What You Need to Know about the Inner Lives of Men
- For Men Only: A Straightforward Guide to the Inner Lives of Women
It’s a light, simple read but it prompted some good discussion between me and Doug. Rather than sell it back to the used bookstore for fifty cents, I’d rather pass it on to one of you! If you want this book set, simply leave a comment on this post before Sunday at 6 p.m. CST and I’ll choose a winner at random. (This set looks like it’s in new condition, so it could even be gifted. I won’t tell anyone.)
Congratulations to winner JDP!