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A (private) Library of Ballycumbers

My dream of registering my whole Permanent Collection
by anathema-device
May 6, 2008
Why would someone who owns a thousand books or more want to go to the trouble of registering each and every one on BookCrossing?

Well, first of all, I enjoy seeing my PC books on my virtual bookshelf. I can write a journal entry about how I got this book and how I liked it. But that’s not all. Not by far.

I often loan out books from my registered PC to friends who are then encouraged to write journal entries. Most of my friends already know about BookCrossing (after all, I’m an enthusiastic storyteller, and literature has always been my favourite topic), some of them are registered BookCrossers already – and anyone interested in BookCrossing can pick up a book of mine any time and read all about it!

During the last year I’ve fallen into the habit of registering almost every book I read immediately, so I can write down my thoughts and reactions – and find them again, later on, without having to go through a stack of notebooks or a hard disk of files… Lately, while registering some of my PC books, I noticed that there are books that I remember liking a lot when I read them, but now I can’t bring much of the story to mind, and I know that I’ll have to re-read them to recall what made me like them in the first place. That’s when I decided that every book of mine needed a BookCrossing journal entry. This way I could remember each of my many books (or at least what made it so good in my eyes). At the same time, each book would already have a BCID in case anyone wanted to borrow it (and could start collecting journal entries right away).

Finally, tastes change. If I need to make space on my shelves for new books (again!) and start sorting through my Permanent Collection for the ones I might not like to keep forever, I might find it easier to let them go if they’re already fit for the journey, with their own bookplates and labels, waiting to go on a new adventure.

To illustrate my point, here are some (very different) examples from my Permanent Collection:

Endymion Spring by Matthew Skelton (a book of Children’s Fantasy)

The Long Hard Road out of Hell by Marilyn Manson and Neil Strauss (a biography)

Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl (a bizarre coming-of-age novel)

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (a favourite among BookCrossers)

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