I was raised by two book lovers. As I was growing up, I never wanted for a book to read, I simply had to go into my mother's bedroom or into one of the bookcases throughout the house. There was a point where it seemed like there wasn't a shelf in our house that wasn't crammed full. Now that I'm an adult and I have a home of my own, I love having a book-filled home, but my attitudes towards which books should stay once I've finished with them has changed.
I've been selling books on amazon.com for a couple years now. It's a great way to earn a bit of extra cash. I also pass books on to used bookstores. That said, not every book I read leaves the house. I keep the books that mean something to me, that I enjoyed reading, or may read again. To give you an idea, here's my shelf of most of the books I've read & kept so far this year:
My desire to add to my collection of books has been with me since I was a little girl cramming Babysitters Club books into my bookcase, so it's not going away any time soon. If I didn't purge books, I would have no room for new ones and they would take over my house! Perhaps when I have a bigger home I'll change my viewpoint on this, but we'll just have to wait and see!
So, am I in the minority here? Do you keep every book you've read, or do you sell, donate or pass them on to others?