I want to know whether or not I'm the only one who keeps copies of book translations to read in the future. The Stranger by Albert Camus is one of my all-time favorite books, but I know that with all translations of foreign novels, some meaning is lost. I've always wanted to read foreign literature in their original languages.
So I've kept this French copy, in hopes that I will be able to read it at some point. It motivates me to keep going with learning French. Perhaps not knowing some words during classes frustrates me, or memorizing grammar rules is tedious. But at the end of the day, I know that the work will pay off and I'll be able to read a number of French books, including L'étranger.
While thinking about this, I realized it could be compared to the actions of individuals who purchase clothes a size or two smaller, in hopes that they will someday be able to fit into them through hard work and weight loss.
So this book is one of my many motivations for learning French. But as someone who loves literature, it's a damn good one. Do any of you do the same (keeping objects), but not necessarily for language learning?