Then if you're undecided as to display your books or simply toss them because they're falling apart, here are some novel (pardon the pun) ideas on how to care for them. Apartment Therapy has posted directions here for recovering old paperback books and making them into newly covered hardbacks. Super cool!
Then if your books are just too old to be saved, take heart. You can still take your cherished friend and turn it into an attractive wreath. Lovely! Directions for this project are posted on the Paper Crafts blog here.
If only.... sigh.....