I have always been a hoarder, which is a difficult thing for a nomad to be. In the 40 years since I left home, I have moved house 14 times, and lived in four different countries. Each time I moved, it was necessary, for practical reasons, to get rid of a lot of possessions, books included. Since, with very few exceptions, I don’t feel nostalgic, I didn’t find it too hard.
Many of these long lost books I don’t regret at all, some I miss terribly and end up buying all over again – I’ve just had a fruitless hunt for a biography I fear I may have got rid of, and I really wish I hadn’t. But there are some volumes that have stayed the course, and have somehow managed to stick with me through all the moves and clear-outs and sales and giveaways.
So here are some of the survivors from that time of my life when, you know, I’d actually read all the books in my possession:
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A lovely, eclectic mix. I enjoy browsing bookshelves. One of the downsides of people using Kindles etc on public transport is that it doesn’t allow the observer to judge them according to the book they’re reading. Lol.
Like yourself, I’ve moved a lot and have been forced to break-up my library on several occasions. Some books are so memorable it’s possible to turn the pages in your mind’s eye. For example, I had that great Dennis Gifford book on horror movies that you have in your collection. I also recall one I had at the same time (early 1970s) by Alan Frank that had Christopher Lee as Dracula on the cover. Both volumes were very well thumbed. I can almost smell the pages.
Your taste in books is fantastic!