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Title: Keeping books for nostalgia value...bad idea?
Post by: RonClinton on March 09, 2017, 09:16:51 AM
My shelves have once again hit critical mass (and then some), and I need to clear out around a shelf's worth of book (25 - 30) in order to make room for new additions; to minimize reorg, I need to pick books from authors w/ last names A through K.  Rather than the slow, painful process of picking books here and there to jettison, I'm considering choosing one author and getting rid of his work en masse.

I've been toying with getting rid of my Ray Garton collection...novels, short-story collections, chapbooks.  To be frank, his work -- what there's been of it, due to his reported health problems -- in the last decade has not impressed, and I doubt I would now buy anything new of his. 

But each time I think of chucking the collection, I remember how much I used to like his stuff, how his work was some of the earliest horror I read and collected decades ago in the late '80s/early '90s, how I would have at one time claimed him as one of my favorite genre authors.  I have a great dea of rose-glassed affection for his work in the same way that I do Dark Harvest, Cemetery Dance, and all those other early influences that were there from the beginning.

Do you keep books for nostalgia value, even if you don't particularly care for that author's work anymore?  I don't know, writing this post makes me think that perhaps I'm looking for an excuse to keep his stuff...maybe I am.  But on the other hands, something's gotta give, and getting rid of the Garton collection would sure address my shelf-space problem.


Title: Re: Keeping books for nostalgia value...bad idea?
Post by: BrianKeene1 on March 09, 2017, 10:45:32 AM
Turning 50, and watching friends my age pass on, my determining factor these days is "Will I ever read it again?" If the answer to that is "yes" or "maybe", I keep them. If it's "I enjoyed it, but probably won't get around to reading it again" then they go. Currently, I'm eyeing my 25-volume SPIRIT ARCHIVES hardcover collection. I love the Spirit. I love Will Eisner. But will I read them again before I pass on to the next level...?


Title: Re: Keeping books for nostalgia value...bad idea?
Post by: dannyboy121070 on March 09, 2017, 12:15:01 PM
Currently, I'm eyeing my 25-volume SPIRIT ARCHIVES hardcover collection. I love the Spirit. I love Will Eisner. But will I read them again before I pass on to the next level...?

 Jealous..... :( I got on the Eisner bandwagon to late to pick these up, and now the thought/cost of picking up such a large set of books is enough to make this fanboy weep.

 I have a basement full of boxed-up comics and novels, and I do, stupidly, keep them for nostalgic value. I could pick up any old comic book, and have an instant flashback to where I was when I bought it, what was going on in my life....BUT, if I could find some rich sap to take them all off my hands, I would, but the prospect of selling things off individually....ugh.


Title: Re: Keeping books for nostalgia value...bad idea?
Post by: RonClinton on March 09, 2017, 12:16:04 PM
A good point, Brian, but unfortunately if re-reading likelihood was the barometer to which I judged whether or not to keep a book, my ~3000 library/collection would be a miniscule fraction of its size.  Sometimes I wonder why I collect books...and while I've not yet figured that part out yet (other than I've always had the collector gene, starting with rocks and agates when I was four or five, then comic books, then etc. etc.), it's definitely not because I have plans to read my thousands of books again; I can count the number of books I've reread in my (own) fifty years on one hand.

Btw, I'm a Spirit fan, too -- I still have a lage pile of the Warren magazines from the 1970s (part of that comic collecting I mention above...all my other comics I sold along the way (save for two special comics), these are the only remnants from that pre-teen and teenage mania).


Title: Re: Keeping books for nostalgia value...bad idea?
Post by: njhorror on March 09, 2017, 01:13:55 PM
I've got books in storage units, books in a garage, books in an empty house, books in a barn loft, books in my trunk, books at work, books I carry around with me like a fucking homeless person dragging his possessions down the street!!!


I may be in need of an intervention.


Title: Re: Keeping books for nostalgia value...bad idea?
Post by: RonClinton on March 09, 2017, 02:43:25 PM
Keeping books for nostalgia value...bad idea?

I've got books in storage units, books in a garage, books in an empty house, books in a barn loft, books in my trunk, books at work, books I carry around with me like a fucking homeless person dragging his possessions down the street!!!


I may be in need of an intervention.

So that's be a...no?  ;)


Title: Re: Keeping books for nostalgia value...bad idea?
Post by: njhorror on March 09, 2017, 02:58:45 PM
I'm not qualified to give an answer.


Title: Re: Keeping books for nostalgia value...bad idea?
Post by: John R Little on March 09, 2017, 04:46:18 PM
I have kept books that I have enjoyed, because when I glance at them, it makes me feel good.  However, I also have space issues and I no longer keep every book by authors I like.  If there's an author I have 10 books by, but I only loved 3 of them, I can get rid of the other 7, but keep the 3 that were special to me.


Title: Re: Keeping books for nostalgia value...bad idea?
Post by: markgunnells on March 09, 2017, 04:49:37 PM
If I like it I keep it. If I didn't like it but it's an author I have everything by, I keep it. If it's a book I tried by an author I'm hot and cold about and it didn't work for me, I give it to the used bookstore.



Title: Re: Keeping books for nostalgia value...bad idea?
Post by: jimallcorn on March 09, 2017, 05:31:40 PM
My shelves have once again hit critical mass (and then some), and I need to clear out around a shelf's worth of book (25 - 30) in order to make room for new additions; to minimize reorg, I need to pick books from authors w/ last names A through K.  Rather than the slow, painful process of picking books here and there to jettison, I'm considering choosing one author and getting rid of his work en masse.

I've been toying with getting rid of my Ray Garton collection...novels, short-story collections, chapbooks.  To be frank, his work -- what there's been of it, due to his reported health problems -- in the last decade has not impressed, and I doubt I would now buy anything new of his. 

But each time I think of chucking the collection, I remember how much I used to like his stuff, how his work was some of the earliest horror I read and collected decades ago in the late '80s/early '90s, how I would have at one time claimed him as one of my favorite genre authors.  I have a great dea of rose-glassed affection for his work in the same way that I do Dark Harvest, Cemetery Dance, and all those other early influences that were there from the beginning.

Do you keep books for nostalgia value, even if you don't particularly care for that author's work anymore?  I don't know, writing this post makes me think that perhaps I'm looking for an excuse to keep his stuff...maybe I am.  But on the other hands, something's gotta give, and getting rid of the Garton collection would sure address my shelf-space problem.

Ron, I'm a big fan of Ray Garton's work & a longtime friend of his on Facebook. So, if you're seriously thinking of just getting rid of your Garton books please keep me in mind. I'm not in a position to buy anything at the moment as I've got some unexpected medical bills to take care of from my recent neck surgery.
But, I would be willing to pay postage. I'd just hate to see such a nice collection of his work be donated to some random bookstore.
So, please, keep me in mind.
Peace.
         Jim


Title: Re: Keeping books for nostalgia value...bad idea?
Post by: Adam James on March 09, 2017, 06:07:45 PM
Turning 50, and watching friends my age pass on, my determining factor these days is "Will I ever read it again?" If the answer to that is "yes" or "maybe", I keep them. If it's "I enjoyed it, but probably won't get around to reading it again" then they go. Currently, I'm eyeing my 25-volume SPIRIT ARCHIVES hardcover collection. I love the Spirit. I love Will Eisner. But will I read them again before I pass on to the next level...?

The Spirit books are something you give to one of your kids. But, then again I'm a comic nerd.

Ron,
Like some one else said, I think it was John, you don't have to have a complete works. Keep the books that hold sentimental value, the others just take up space. That's my advice.


Title: Re: Keeping books for nostalgia value...bad idea?
Post by: RonClinton on March 09, 2017, 06:22:30 PM


Ron,
Like some one else said, I think it was John, you don't have to have a complete works. Keep the books that hold sentimental value, the others just take up space. That's my advice.

Yeah, you and John give sage advice, and logically I know that's the smart way to go. Picking and choosing, though, even among one author's work, is akin to that pulling-a-BandAid-off-slowly feeling that I was trying to spare myself.  Guess I was thinking an en masse purge would be easier...but in truth it probably wouldn't.  I don't know why it seems like selective reduction would be tougher...I'm not even what I'd call a completist...more like completist'ish.  I guess it's that 'ish that gets me.  :(


Title: Re: Keeping books for nostalgia value...bad idea?
Post by: kresby on March 10, 2017, 04:54:54 AM
This thread is hitting home for me. I have been selling books for about 3 years now via shocklines auctions. Over 800 items later it is getting very difficult to send more books out even though I still have thousands of them. I have been picking and choosing. First went doubles. Then went stuff I care not for. Now it's a game of what has the least emotional  kick tied to it. I still can't sell any Delirium Books now that most of the doubles are gone as it's too hard to break up the complete collection. I have sold different editions of books and kept one such as - sell the paperback and keep the hard cover or vs. It is a battle as I love my books.


Title: Re: Keeping books for nostalgia value...bad idea?
Post by: RonClinton on March 10, 2017, 05:01:51 PM
This thread is hitting home for me. . . . Now it's a game of what has the least emotional  kick tied to it. . . .  It is a battle as I love my books.

Yep, it's a game with no winners.  :(

Still haven't decided what I'm going to do.  I am, however, eyeing my Simon Clark books, or at least the latter half of them, since the only reasons I'm keeping those volumes are my complete'ish bent and the awesome Hale UK dj art.

I think my "en masse" strategy is one I just can't do right now...so I'll probably get rid of a few Gartons, some Simon Clarks, and several various books.  It's that peeling-the-BandAid-off-slowly tactic I thougth I didn't want...but now it seems like actually the least painful, arduous, and wrenching way to go.*

*Third-world problem.



Title: Re: Keeping books for nostalgia value...bad idea?
Post by: Adam James on March 10, 2017, 06:04:23 PM
first world problems, man. Lol


Title: Re: Keeping books for nostalgia value...bad idea?
Post by: Sigrud on March 10, 2017, 06:48:12 PM
I got rid of pretty much all limited editions. No interest really in keeping them. Only books I won't sell off are those I love. Otherwise they are gone. It's quite liberating.


Title: Re: Keeping books for nostalgia value...bad idea?
Post by: RonClinton on March 10, 2017, 07:36:19 PM
first world problems, man. Lol

Ah, jeez...whoops.  :(


Title: Re: Keeping books for nostalgia value...bad idea?
Post by: MarkSieber on March 11, 2017, 10:38:21 AM
I've gotten rid of a lot lately. And I've kept a crapload. Yes, many of them are for reasons of nostalgia.


Title: Re: Keeping books for nostalgia value...bad idea?
Post by: RyanCThomas on March 11, 2017, 12:50:07 PM
I keep many to lend out, and many I'm hoping my son will read as he gets older. But I also have the mentality of "If I'm not ever going to read this again then I don't really need it." That being said, I still need a copy of The Folks 2.


Title: Re: Keeping books for nostalgia value...bad idea?
Post by: sidpcobain on March 11, 2017, 10:15:32 PM
I almost never let go of a book. As you might guess, I'm drowning in the suckers. But it pleases me to have a for-real library of my own, albeit a selective one. ??? ::)


Title: Re: Keeping books for nostalgia value...bad idea?
Post by: tyree on March 13, 2017, 12:24:27 PM
My collection has been in need of a serious enema for 10 years. And I have some sweet items, too.
But. Going the Ebay route trying to box shit up in a study that is as packed as club hosting an impromtu ( insert popular make-up wearing pop star--I know none ) gig is just too depressing.
I have nobody in my family who would enjoy them except maybe my new grandson but after seeing that thing and trying to drop kick it back up the hellhole it came from...

My thought now is getting a hold of Ed at Book Carnival ( course they are probably no longer in Tustin and are out of buisness) or that one book store in Burbank...?
Renting a u-haul and driving all my books down there and wait while they wade through them and take the first price they offer.


Title: Re: Keeping books for nostalgia value...bad idea?
Post by: RonClinton on March 16, 2017, 10:52:07 AM
Will need to do some purging this weekend, but still have no idea what I'm going to do.  I've already weakened too much on my Garton-en-masse purge to have it at all likely anymore, so I'll have to just pick and choose books here and there -- ala death by a thousand cuts -- to make room.  

Cheaper to do that, I suppose, than endure the construction costs of expanding my office to allow yet more bookcases...cheaper, though not nearly as satisfying.  :(



Title: Re: Keeping books for nostalgia value...bad idea?
Post by: StevenSavile on March 18, 2017, 03:36:43 PM
For what it's worth, here's what I did.

I've mentioned elsewhere I threw loads of limited editions in a skip. Thousands of dollars of spend in that crazy period where it felt like I bought anything because it was the done thing to buy it. Then, when one of our friends was taken prisoner in Ethiopia and held as a spy on grounds of treason, I ended up shipping about 4,000-5,000 of my books there as he and his partner were looking at lifetime in prison there (without the intervention of Carl Bildt and a leniency negotiated between governments). That meant I was Down to maybe 400-500 books. I'd thought at the time they were books i was close to or cared about. The reality was different. SO a lot of those went to charity here. Then I set about buying first edition hardcovers of books that meant something to me, stuff I'd read in the library and loved, or had read in paperback when I was young. Over the last 18 months I've probably amassed about 400-500 again, but the difference is that every single book on the shelf is a time capsule that contains something I truly loved at the time I read it. There isn't a book on the shelf that's unread. There isn't a book on the shelf I wouldn't immediately recommend to a visitor to my study as something they had to read...

Now, I love my book collection like I've never loved it before, because there isn't a single dud. Every single one is this powerful emotional connection to a younger reader - whether it be Elidor, one of the first books I loved as an 8 year old, or Last of the Savages, one of the first books I loved when I emigrated... etc

So, in your place, i'd separate the read from the unread, the enjoyed from the loved, not think about what I'd be likely to re-read, but what I think best represents me, my essence, distilled into a manageable collection of pages, and purely keep the favourites, the much loved. No room for the unloved, the mediocre, the ah yeah, maybe his first book was better... and no room for completism either...


Title: Re: Keeping books for nostalgia value...bad idea?
Post by: MarkSieber on March 19, 2017, 12:29:24 PM
God, those days. Those days, when we bought so much at Shocklines. It was like a fever. Buying limited editions of books that in some cases weren't even worthy of publication. I've dumped dozens of them. I sold some, donated some, gave some away. Tossed some in the trash can. I hated the latter, but I had to make room and clear out a ton of stuff, and I didn't have time for a lot of BS.

I am still buying books. I want nice editions of the ones that made me a fan. Classics by Thomas Tessier, Ramsey Campbell, James Herbert, Thomas F. Moneteleone, etc. Of course I have new books. Some will remain in my collection and on my shelves. Some will not.


Title: Re: Keeping books for nostalgia value...bad idea?
Post by: RonClinton on March 19, 2017, 12:38:23 PM

So, in your place, i'd separate the read from the unread, the enjoyed from the loved, not think about what I'd be likely to re-read, but what I think best represents me, my essence, distilled into a manageable collection of pages, and purely keep the favourites, the much loved. No room for the unloved, the mediocre, the ah yeah, maybe his first book was better... and no room for completism either...

All good advice -- thanks, Steve.  If I wasn't batting a bit of a cold and had more enthusiasm for starting the project today, I'd start trying to institute your advice shortly...but it may wait for another day.  Good food for thought, though...appreciate it.


Title: Re: Keeping books for nostalgia value...bad idea?
Post by: StevenSavile on March 20, 2017, 06:11:15 PM
Mark, that's exactly it, mate. There are books that made us fans. Those are the ones that still own our hearts.

My book collection now, I can't explain it beyond saying it is ultimately personal, and I love it. It's the best book collection I've ever had, third time of asking, because every single book means something.

Ron, get well amigo.


Title: Re: Keeping books for nostalgia value...bad idea?
Post by: RonClinton on May 04, 2017, 09:05:09 AM
Ended up preserving the Garton collection for now, but removed all my signed Hap & Leonard books by Lansale, and a number of signed Simon Clark UK 1st HCs.

If anyone's looking for a full run of Fine/Fine 1st HCs, all signed, of the Hap & Leonard series at a decent price, let me know.

Sad thing is, I still don't have enough room for the new volumes waiting to be shelved, so will probably have to give the Garton books another look sooner rather than later.