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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 haven’t weeded through my bookshelves in a LONG time–a year at least. When I moved a few months ago, I kept coming across books I didn’t know I had. I felt like I was seeing some of them for the first time ever. Who knows where they came from!
I would say 90-95% of the books I have right now I want to keep. There are a few I could part with though. When I do go through my books, I usually put the ones I no longer want aside to take to Half Price Books. I also have used Paper Back Swap in the past.
The only time I’ve thrown books away is if they’re pretty severely damaged and I don’t think anyone would want them. That happened to a few books in my basement–they had water damage and smelled of mildew.
How does everyone else handle the over-expansion of their libraries?