Thursday, 17 December 2009

Thursday 17/12/09

If you've just bought a book and read it (whether finished it all or left it halfway), but you thought very little of it and the author, in fact a) you wish you hadn't wasted your time in the first place and b) you keep wondering how such a talentless bore as him got published at all...do you put it on your bookshelves to keep or do you throw it in the bin? Note: you have VERY extensive empty bookshelves

33 comments:

Superdrewby said...

neither I sell it and recoup some of my money

Jake said...

I would donate it to a charity shop - at least then it might do someone some good!

NGM said...

books like albums, should be kept and displayed if you have the space.

Tim in Italy said...

urm... buy vases. And maybe some of those cute little porcelain... things. Oh, God, I know you're about to pass out at the thought of something so pedestrian, so I'll just stay quiet.

I usually pawn them off on friends and then refuse to take them back. Then it's on their heads, the destruction of literature. Otherwise there are bird cages to be lined, cat boxes, rabbit runs...

James said...

Chucked straight in the South China Sea.

Oh and I know i'm late but Singapore, Singapore. Drop in some time and do a reading!

Michael said...

c) go to Waterloo bridge. find somthing more interesting. swap.

Alex said...

Keep it on the shelf - until you will read better books to replace it.

sdf said...

use it to fill shelf-space, but wrap it using tasteful pornography first to hide the content

Gerry said...

Leave it on the train - someone will pick it up. And then leave it half read in a cafe.

J said...

You toss it. You don't want someone to see it and think you enjoyed it. It will just stick out more on an (almost) empty bookshelf.

athlonnyc said...
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Fresco said...

In order to have some satification out of it, I eat it.

george said...

keep....can give to someone i don't like very much as a give one day.....

Logan said...

I'm sure this answer will be a definite no, but I am still going to ask, where you in Boston at any time recently?

I wanted to ask months ago but I didn't realize that anonymous comments could be posted on this blog..because I had never tried.
I saw a young guy who seemed fairly built(but I couldn't really tell, standing alone on Mass Ave. He was wearing clothes similar to what my conception of how you dress is. He had similar hair and ear buds jammed into his ears as I would probably envision you doing in the same situation.

I'm sure it probably wasn't you, but either way when I saw this person I thought to myself that it reminded me of LP haha.

And on the book: I would personally say to either give it away or donate it.If you've ever watched the show hoarders then you'll know why I think that.I definitely have a tendency to become similar to that if I don't keep myself in check. Keeping things.I also get claustrophobic living in such a small room. Sorry for the giant comment.

william said...

Why clutter good furniture with mediocre fiction? Maybe paint the bad books red and make an art piece out of them.

London Preppy said...

athlon: I did not write that my shelves are extensively empty. I wrote that they are extensive AND empty. Nice Greek-ism though. Keep practicing

logan: No, that was not me, I would have liked it to have been though

London Preppy said...

Good idea from all suggesting to pass it on by leaving it somewhere. I like that, thanks.

For anyone suggesting I put it on the bottom shelf, come on people, the books are alphabetised my author, we don't mess up the system!

athlonnyc said...
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London Preppy said...

athlon: Sure I remember you. You comment and message more than anyone else at the moment, because you discovered the blog recently and you're into it. Soon you'll tire of it, you'll forget about it and I'll forget about you. I'm not new, you know, I've been doing this for years

athlonnyc said...
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abristolnovella said...

Just eat it. Kind of like the middle/bottom upper class version of your world famous 'Toilet roll and water' meal.

Nicolas said...

I would leave it on the bus... or I would drop it in someone else's bag.

London Preppy said...

bristol: Why did everyone like that story so much?! Well, 'like' might be the wrong word. Remembers is more accurate

Logan said...

LP- Ive been reading this blog for about two years if not three, and I've honestly never grown tired of it. Even when you weren't posting anymore I would go back and read old posts that I had forgotten about and it was still just as good. I think I am really similar in a lot of ways, esp. because I am closeted :/ and I usually stalk/copy people in a similar way that you usually do. I really regret not having commented all along, but I felt slightly embarrassed because I'm not very skilled at writing and I don't want to sound like an idiot.

Btw- The current boy I am stalking is actually gay, which is a first. I usually just try to become as similar to the person as I can for an unknown length of time, but I've found that the similar the person is to how I already am, the longer my obsession with them will last. And it's funny that after a while whether I either tire of the person I've been stalking or I feel their is either no reciprocation that I should be their friend, or I am better at being them than they are, I begin to hate them haha. It's really amusing but I'm getting tired of all of this.

But anyways I'm getting older now and although I've always felt so cynical and that I didn't need anyone else I would be happier just living alone and celibate because I'd rather not be happy..I really want a boyfriend now :(
That probably sounds so gay but I don't care anymore. I've never even kissed another guy before and I feel like it's all I've ever wanted.

Shit is getting emo now though so I've gotta go. I greatly appreciate you writing again though. Although you don't owe it to me or anyone else it makes me feel less alone.

London Preppy said...

logan: I hope you kiss someone soon, and I hope you find the boyfriend you want

Craig said...

I wouldn't casually dismiss Athlon's concerns. What do you mean by "extensive" bookshelves anyway? A few large bookshelves or numerous smaller bookshelves scattered about? It might make a difference in answering. You're just gonna have to be more precise when asking these penetrating questions.

London Preppy said...

craig: A series of long bookshelves across one whole wall from floor to ceiling. Like a home library. Answer now please

Craig said...

It's hard to throw them away. I eiher keep them on the shelf, hide them somewhere, or donate them.

Hope you're enjoying the warmth in Greece.

morebooksthansense said...

Hello poppet, how about writing lots of bitchy criticism in the margins and then smuggling it onto the appropriate shelf of the London Review of Books shop near the British Museum. I suggest this bookshop because it's not too big and it has good stock. You can then set your blog readers the challenge of finding it and 'stealing' it.

Mark said...

I gave it to a work colleague and asked him to see if he thought it was as bad as I did. He loved it.

PhoenixUK said...

Recycle it so that Mother Earth is appeased.

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AlwaysReadySF said...

I hadn't checked this blog in quite a while but I am happy to see that you are still pondering on some of the world's biggest issues.

Donate it or, better, talk someone you don't like much into borrowing it and reading it.

Books on bookshelves are a bit overrated. Empty bookshelves can be quite stylish.

And the 'Toilet roll and water' meal is a classic. Of course people remember it.

Happy New Year!

sdf said...

Why have posts been removed.