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!