Weeding – Booking Through Thursday

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Deb writes:

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?

We’re moving house too so this is very appropriate. We’ve been going through EVERYTHING and have got rid of a lot of stuff, but not books!  We’ve looked through all our books trying to decide whether we could bear to part with some of them and guess what – there were three ! I suppose that’s because I do occasionally go through and pull out ones that I think I won’t want to read again, but usually that’s not many anyway.

The ones that we can bear to part with go to a charity shop or an Oxfam Secondhand Bookshop. If I take them to Oxfam I have to be very quick in and out of the shop, not looking at the shelves or shop window as otherwise I’d be sure to buy some more books!

15 thoughts on “Weeding – Booking Through Thursday

  1. huahaha we blook gluton really should stay away from bookstore 🙂

    I find it hard to throw them away too…I still own a book from my teenage years 🙂


  2. I’d get rid of the clothes and shoes and bags before I get rid of books, lol! I honestly would rather have three outfits only if that means more space for my books.


  3. We weed books at our house but the books that go are always fewer than the number that come to stay. I dread the thought of moving. When we moved to our current house we had 80 cartons of books. The collection has greatly expanded since then. Good luck in weeding and packing and moving all your books! It’s such a stressful thing to do.


  4. When we moved here about 15 years ago I decided that the books needed weeding out, so I managed to fill a couple of boxes. One went to the charity shop and the other I passed to my husband with instructions to go through it just in case, then take it to the charity shop. When we moved here I discovered the whole box, still full, had come with us. I, on the other hand, had been ruthless, and weeded out my precious Elizabeth Goudge books on the basis that I could get them from the library. I’ve never seen any of them in the local library and have had to buy new (old) copies. What the moral of this story is I don’t know, except that husbands are unreliable!


  5. I find it very hard to discard books. If anything, I would do a giveaway on my blog, or give them to charity. After reading everyone’s answers, I feel like I should be brave and weed a few out. But at the moment, I’m still in shock at just the thought.

    Lately I’ve only given away cook books – but maybe, in hindsight that might have been a mistake! LOL

    Here are my answers for Booking Through Thursday



  6. I get rid of the ones that I absolutely don’t like, the ones that I rate as “Toss” in reviews. I tend to keep books that are of literary artistry.


  7. I tend to weed mine every few months but seem to be incapable of getting rid of very many. About half a dozen go on average but my tbr mountain is so huge it doesn’t give a lot of scope of getting rid of books. I’m certainly not giving them away if I haven’t read them…


  8. After over 5 decades of bookkeeping (as opposed to booknotkeeping), I now keep a smallish carton handy, and every now and then toss a book or three into it. When full, it’s history. (But I reserve the right for a final look-through before it goes to the charity sales.)


  9. I had to do this when I left work and simply couldn’t fit all the books from my office into the already overflowing bookshelves at home. Some of them I put on shelves in the garage, but a lot had to go to Oxfam. I’m still mourning some.


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