Used, Already Read Books


There is a danger in making assumptions, and clearly the proprietor of this newly opened used bookstore is taking no chances. I wonder if he would be at all interested in any of my books which are used but not already read.

All true book fiends know that we sometimes divest ourselves of books without having read them. Oh, you’re hot for that book when you first see it. You just have to have it, and you know you’ll get around to reading it eventually. Then stuff happens. You don’t have time, but you’ll get to it later. Then your interests change, and secretly you know you’ll never read it but you hang onto it anyway for years.

If only this bookstore had been open when I finally faced the truth four months ago. The nearest used bookstore at that time was a very unpleasant, congested 50 minute drive which I swore I would never do again. Thank goodness for this place. Facing the truth is now only ten minutes away.

9 Responses to Used, Already Read Books

  1. Edwin says:

    Hello Marie, I’m catching up on 2 weeks worth of great Alexandria shots.

    yeah, I tend to buy a lot of books and my shelves are filled with some whose spines have yet to be broken.

  2. Sally says:

    Oh, so, so true! I am staring at a shelf full of those now – also on the floor. But I cracked one open this mornign and am LOVING it!

  3. Louz says:

    The last time I moved I tried to reduce the number of books I own – because as any one who moves knows boxes of books are HEAVY. No luck. My books are friends, memories, just can’t part wth most of them.

    The dog wash photo are fun. Wish I had access to a place like that here. That poodle looks like its grinning and having a fine time.

  4. passante says:

    I think he definitely needs a sign saying “Previously owned books”!

  5. Kate says:

    We bookophiles know exactly what you mean!!

  6. annie says:


    I enjoyed reading your post and being reminded of the stores of books that I’ve yet to read. It’s sort of like having money in the bank, having all these books waiting.

    But every now and again I cull out the ones I no longer need/want to keep (just like you and so many others, I see). On a blog from London I heard about where books can be released to the world (left somewhere) and tracked to see where they migrate. I thought you might like to know about this site. I’ve been releasing some of books in the last few months, mostly in hospitals and on park benches.


  7. Kathrine says:

    Hi Marie!
    You do such a great job with your photos and blog – it’s really enjoyable!
    If you are quick to stop by my blog you just might win a button with a Copenhagen photo on it….

  8. MarieMcC says:

    Edwin, welcome back! I’m sure every book lover has several unread books in their collection.

    Sally, good for you! I haven’t been able to really get back into reading since grad school ten years ago kind of spoiled it for me.

    Louz, that’s where I’ve whittled down mine, each time I move.

    Passante, I thought you might notice the redundancy! Nothing much gets past you! 🙂

    Kate, I think it’s a rite of book passage!

    Annie, like money in the bank is a great way to look at it. And what a fabulous idea, releasing books into the world! Thanks for the link. I’ll check that out.

    Kathrine, thank you! Saw your contest. Looks like fun!

    Thank you all for stopping by.

  9. Ken & Diane says:

    We thoughly enjoyed your comments about our store!

    Thank you for including our store in your photo blog! We agree with Katherine, you do a great job!

    And yes, we may be interested in your books which are used but not already read. However, we already have 50,000 books in storage, and 10,000 + on the shelves. We hope within six months we will have most of the books out of storage and available on our shelves.

    Hope to see you sometime soon,

    Ken and Diane
    Already Read Used Books

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