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 weed occasionally; usually right after I finish a book I decide whether or not to keep it, and then once in a while I'll look over the shelves and see if there's anything that can go. There is only a certain amount of space in my home, and weeding is a necessity. I do have more books than I really have room for though!
When I gather enough books, I'll take a pile to sell at the used bookstore; ARCs and anything that doesn't sell can go to a free-books table at work, or a charity shop, or Bookmooch, if I feel like I need the points.