Books I just can’t get rid of


Someone in my book club Facebook group recently posed the question “What is a book (or 2, or 3) that sits on your shelf that you will never give away or get rid of because of how much you love it or reread it, etc.?”

My answer? This whole shelf.


Everyone has a few (or in my case nearly 30) books that they’re unwilling to part with under any circumstances.

You know what I’m talking about. You may go years between rereadings, but the characters that grace those pages are somehow permanently etched into your soul. The idea of selling or donating that particular book just HURTS.

The books that I could never bear to part with are:

  • The entire Harry Potter series (including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child)
  • The Hobbit (deluxe collectors edition)
  • The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski (I intend to buy hard copies of the rest of the series at some point)
  • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
  • Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk
  • On the Road by Jack Kerouac
  • This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff
  • The Lord of the Rings series
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Ender’s Game and Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis
  • Timeline by Michael Crichton

What can I say? I go for variety.

What books have a permanent place on your shelf? Let me know in the comments!


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