Booking Through Thursday asks:
We’re moving in a couple weeks (the first time since I was 9 years old), and I’ve been going through my library of 3000+ books, choosing the books that I could bear to part with and NOT have to pack to move. Which made me wonder…
When’s the last time you weeded out your library? Do you regularly keep it pared down to your reading essentials? Or does it blossom into something out of control the minute you turn your back, like a garden after a Spring rain?
Or do you simply not get rid of books? At all? (This would have described me for most of my life, by the way.)
And–when you DO weed out books from your collection (assuming that you do) …what do you do with them? Throw them away (gasp)? Donate them to a charity or used bookstore? SELL them to a used bookstore? Trade them on Paperback Book Swap or some other exchange program?
I rarely get rid of books, though I should. They tend to build up and make my bookshelves sag. I don't get rid of many non-fiction books (and I have a lot of those). I'm more likely to get rid of fiction titles that I've already read (because I'm not a re-reader). I used to donate them to the library, thinking they'd appreciate some almost-new books that they could put in their system so others could enjoy them, but they'd just turn around and sell them for a few cents. The used bookstores want to give you credits (which I'd never use, because whenever I've been in the used bookstores around here, all I see is a million copies of supermarket paperback romances). So I haven't gotten rid of any books in a while... and I'm starting to run out of room.