But not really, they're going to a good cause. To be read again and re-enjoyed. Phoenix rise.
I gave one other box of all my Latin American lit to a friend - Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Borges, Pedro Paramo, Isabel Allende, etc. And Julio Cortazar - Hopscotch. I'd read this during spring break one year. I remember my roommate was off working so I was alone during the day. The details had faded but I still remember that week of soul sucking emptiness. I just checked Wiki for the actual plot and, um, yeah - won't be re-reading that one. But really, D, it's a GREAT book.
I also gave her some lighter stuff too (Amy Tan, B.Kingsolver, etc), lest it all be Too Serious. I think I did at least. The stacks and boxes got a little blurred at the end.
To the book fair I gave a whole bunch of cheapy "airplane reads", history books, and lots & lots of random novels which may or may not have been read and/or appreciated, either by me and/or the critics at large. I resisted the temptation to pilfer through the stacks and stacks of books already there, but did notice someone was also giving them a copy of Seeing (Jose Saramago; which I did like. Thought History of the Siege of Lisbon was fabulous).
I sent Half Baked back to my mom who'd sent it to me originally. I have more to say there but it'll have to wait (beautifully written, btw).
I kept some random Serious books that I always
Tom Clancy, Debt of Honor. I kept this because I'd randomly picked it up for a plane trip not long before 9/11. It was eerily prescient.
All my Dick Francis books. Starting reading him in junior high? Some of these are, shall we say, no longer politically correct? Definitely in the airplane read category. But the lead guy (always a guy) is so stoic. That's appealing (to a 13 year old).
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations. It strikes me as cheating a bit. A true bibliophile would remember the line and the source without needed a reference guide, right? I remember I bought it right after we lost Brennan because I couldn't find the words, otherwise. Picked "God's finger touch'd him, and he slept."
Tennyson. Because of the line above.
Also, my dad's favorite lines, quoted ad nauseum:
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
I actually like Invictus better but the movie kind of took that away. Can't really compete with Nelson Mandela, now, can I?
I thank whatever gods may be
for my unconquerable soul.
Proof I actually unpacked the car