Discussion: When Do You Get Rid of Books?

For those of you who’ve been following my journey through undergrad, grad school, and the job hunt, I have big news: I have been hired for my first librarian position! It’s basically my dream job and I’m crazy excited. Let me know if y’all are interested in hearing more about that and I’ll report back with details in another post.

As psyched as I am to be starting this new position, there is one teeny, tiny drawback. To avoid a hellish commute, I have to move to a new town…which means that I need to do a major overhaul of my personal library. As something of a hoarder/collector, I’ve got hundreds of books and I simply cannot justify bringing them all.

How many books do I have, exactly? Well the answer to that is…I’m too afraid to count. And also I became bored after I reached 500. So, yeah.

David is judging me

Clearly I cannot bring all of those with me, or my movers are going to laugh in my face. There’s only one thing to do: purge the collection. The problem with purging – or more accurately, pruning – my collection is that I haven’t done it in years. Not since the last time I moved, actually. There’s a ton to go through, because apparently I only get rid of books when I move house.

So where should I start? How to decide which books will stay, and which ones will go? So far I’ve decided to either donate or exchange all the books I no longer have any interest in reading and those that I’ve already read but will likely never re-read.

All those Sarah J. Maas books I bought before I lost interest in the series? Yeah, those are going to find a new home at the local secondhand book store. Adios to the Hunger Games series, ciao to the Under the Never Sky trilogy. No hard feelings to those books, but I’ve only got so much room in my new place!

My tattered copies of the Anne of Green Gables series, on the other hand…I will never part with them, no matter how many times I move and how rough they look. I may indulge in a new edition of the series at some point, but those originals are sticking with me ’til death do us part.

So what I want to know is this: when doΒ youΒ get rid of books? How do you decide which ones to get rid of, and where do you bring them? Or are you the rare collector who never gets rid of a single book? Are there any books that you willΒ neverΒ get rid of?

Let me know your thoughts on getting rid of books in the comments below!

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  • Congratulations on your new job, I would love to hear more about it.

    I let go of a lot go books over the last years. About four/five years ago I kept all the books I read, I had seven big shelves full of books at that time (over 2000 books). Space wasn’t an issue, but looking at books I didn’t enjoy reading brought me no joy. So I decided to sort out all of the books I had already read but didn’t enjoy. Then I got rid of the TBR pile books I was no longer interested in. These two actions already helped a lot.

    But that wasn’t the end, because now my goal is to only own books, that really mean something to me, that I want to reread again and again, that make me smile just thinking about them. These books will forever stay in my life and on my shelves.

    So bit by bit I’m sorting out ok books, books I liked but didn’t love, classics that look pretty but that don’t interest me, and so on. Next I plan to sort out my historical romances, then romances in general. I will keep most of the books, but some will have to go.

    I still own a lot of books and always will, however when I now look at my book shelves I’m happy, because most of the books mean something special to me.

    Happy sorting out!

    • Chrystal M

      I donate some to library, some I drop at a Little Free Library near me, some I give to family and friends and others I take to used bookstore to swap for other books I want to read. I recently did a purge and found dead it hard. I got rid of tons that I meant to get to and thought I wanted to read, but had since lost interest. I also got rid of one’s I knew I’d never read again. I still have quite a lot, but it feels manageable. I’ve never had 500+ to deal with though so, good luck!

      • There’s a Little Free Library near you? How cool! They aren’t too common in my area because of the weather, but I’d love to donate to one. I do end up giving a lot to the library book sale, usually. Losing interest in a book that sat on my shelves for ages is so depressing, but I really need to follow your example Chrystal and get rid of them.

        Thank you! It’s coming along pretty well, but I do think it’s going to have to be an on-going thing!

    • Thanks so much Sabrina! I’m really excited. It’ll probably a few months before I write a post (just so I can settle in a bit), but I’m definitely going to write all about my new job.

      OMG 2000 books, wow that’s a lot! I completely understand what you mean when you say that looking at them didn’t bring you joy, because there were a few of those on my shelves before I got rid of them in the move. The next step is to follow your lead and get rid of TBR books that I’ll probably never get around to reading…I just hate to admit defeat! I’m impressed by your commitment to (relative) bookish minimalism, Sabrina! I would love to read a post about the books that you think will end up on your final goal shelves, just saying. πŸ˜‰

      It’s going to be a multi-year project, especially since I’m still actively collecting, but I’m excited by it now rather than feeling daunted!

  • Congrats on the new job!!

    I try my best to get rid of books. I have sent a LOT to a friend and then she has sent some to me. Srsly, most be over 100, maybe like 150.

    I have also given A LOT to this book changing table the library has. Take one, leave one. I donated some to a small library in the area. I have given away books to people in my area.

    But still I have so many. And I would certainly never throw them away. Also second hand bookstore, eh, we have like one here now and they have so many books. I am afraid I’d get there and they would be all no thanks.

    The ones I save are the ones I enjoyed reading, and hardbacks. So hard to get rid of those for the most part. But I do confess that I have a lot at my parents, there is just not enough room here

    • Thanks so much Blodeuedd!

      Wow, if only I had a friend like that! Hahaha. Actually, I’m probably that friend for a lot of people, although it’s usually just to borrow my books rather than keep them. I should definitely ask them if they’re interested in any of my books slated for the chopping block though, good idea! Maybe it’s because I live in a pretty busy area, but there are 3 used book stores in my town. That feels like a lot!

      Oooh good point about hardcovers. I hate getting rid of them because they’re so dang pricey!

  • Hmmm most of the books I have these days are e-books. I think almost all my physical books are back at my parents’ place, or on the shelves of my ~librarian partner~ (hahaha). The only books on my shelves in my current apartment that I brought with me from Canada are some math/physics textbooks which, truthfully, I’ve never used once since being in grad school.

    • Don’t even get me started on ebooks! My palms started sweating just thinking about all the unread ebooks I have…I just can’t resist when a good book is the same price as a cup of coffee! Hmmmm I wonder who this librarian could be, no one comes to mind. Hahaha.

      The best part about grad school is how few textbooks are involved. Seriously, screw textbooks!

  • I have stuffed shelfs and it amazes me because I have several hundred dollars credit at the used book store in town and have donated boxes and boxes of books on top of that. Without a major move forcing my hand I mostly just stare at my shelf every so often and say ‘wait, why did i keep that.’ I usually have another giveaway pile started in the basement at any time.

    • Several hundred dollars of credit at the bookstore! *gasp* You’ve got to make the time to go and collect on that. Or are you saving it until your son’s a bit older? They might have some good kids books there. The feeling of “…why do I have this?” has been almost omnipresent over the past couple weeks, but I’m finally through the worst of the culling!

  • Yay for the new job, that’s fantastic! My answer is easy. I rarely if ever get rid of books. It just isn’t possible for me. I hear there are support groups for people like me? Or maybe medication?? I know the minute I decide to give something away I’ll regret it, even if it’s a book I have no use for. Like I said, I have a problem…

    • Thanks, it’s pretty surreal! I wish I could be more like you, but honestly I don’t have the space right now. If/when I ever move into a house, then I’ll go hog wild and create a huge library! I’ve heard whisperings of these support groups, but really…why would anyone want to attend?! Hahaha. Best of luck with your “problem,” Tammy. I support your collection addiction!

  • I recently did a small purge and donated to my libraries in my area. I am now trying to get rid of books as soon as I finish reading them by donating again. Congratulations on the new position.

    • I never considered getting rid of books as soon as I finish reading them, but that’s a great idea for keeping the pile under control. Unfortunately I’m a bit too sentimental for that, but lots did get donated to the library. Thanks, Bill! πŸ™‚

  • This is a great discussion, I get rid of book son a rolling basis, since I’m always reading newer books. I let people borrow them and I donate to a books for prison program a few times a year.

    • Thanks so much Tori! It seems like a lot of people regularly get rid of books the way that you do – clearly I need to follow your example. It seems very effective! I’d love to donate books to a prison program, I’ll have to look into that. Great idea!

  • MaddalenaSpaceandSorcery

    Congratulations on landing a job that you know will be more a matter of doing something you love rather than simply working. πŸ™‚
    As for getting rid of books, it’s a difficult choice, indeed when the subject of available space clashes with the love ties you built with the stories you read in the past. That’s one of the reasons I try to keep to e-books as much as I can: the storage space on my backup hard drive is practically unlimited, and only very, very special books still occupy my shelves. This way I can have the best of both worlds…

    • Thank you so much Maddalena! It’s been a long time coming and I couldn’t be more excited and grateful. Fingers crossed that I can dabble in the SFF collection at some point down the road!

      I used to be so prejudiced against ebooks but honestly, I think you’re right: in terms of limited space, they’re the best option. I have a ton of them now. Admittedly, I’d like to see them on my shelves…well, most of them. I do read a lot of romance novels with horribly embarrassing cover artwork that I’d rather not display! Haha. A special capsule collection of books in print sounds good though, I might do something similar on the shelves in my living room.

      • MaddalenaSpaceandSorcery

        The first time I saw an e-reader I reacted in the same way, vowing I would never abandon print books for their electronic forms. But, as the wise ones πŸ™‚ teach, “always” and “never” are dangerous words….

  • I have no idea, I don’t even want to think about it, to be honest! Until my husband builds me the shelves he promised me though, I have an excuse to simply let the books pile up with the reasoning that “I’ll get to it when the time comes.” So at the moment my linen closet is doing double duty as book shelves.

    When I do have to prune my collection though, I suppose I’ll start with donating the books that for years I’ve had the opportunity to read but still haven’t yet – because let’s face it, after all this time it’s probably not going to happen. Then with the books I didn’t particularly enjoy. The ones I’ll keep are probably the ARCs (I collect them), the signed books, and personal favorites πŸ™‚

    • If anyone has an almost uncountable number of books, it’s probably you! Oh wow, your husband is going to build you shelves? That’s awesome! Well, theoretically anyway. πŸ˜‰ I’m not very handy so I’m at the mercy of IKEA.

      Those books were the ones I got rid of first, the ones that I would look at and say “I’ll read it someday” even after three or four years. Nope, never gonna happen! Signed books are definite keepers and so are personal faves, although I never really thought about collecting ARCs! Unless they’re Kelley Armstrong titles, of course. πŸ˜‰

  • First, congrats on the new joB! That is awesome! So… I feel you, I have a very real book hoarding problem. And I also got bored around 500! It’s like once you get to that point it is no longer interesting πŸ˜‰ I seem to be able to get rid of books that were only like, 3 stars or less, so my “read” shelves are a little more reasonable. But I can’t seem to let go of the unread ones! Like, they have some kind of power over me- what if it was going to be my next favorite book, but instead I messed it all up and got rid of it? That is definitely my biggest struggle! Good luck to you with your move! Oh- and as someone who has 13 editions of The Hunger Games series… I sob for their departure πŸ˜‰

    • Thanks so much Shannon! πŸ™‚

      LOL that’s exactly how I feel! Why bother counting after a certain point? Oooh those pesky unread books, they dominate my shelves too. Well, maybe not ‘dominate’ but there are way more of them than there should be. I don’t like admitting defeat either, so even if I’m *pretty sure* I won’t be reading a book, I keep it in the off chance that it may strike my fancy at some point. HOLY, 13 editions?! Wow! And I thought I was a book hoarder! Hahaha.

  • Congrats on that new job! Plus I would likely say goodbye to my Throne of Glass books too lol. But hmm I moved in June and most of my books are still in my old house. Once we get a bigger house, I will gladly bring all of those back. But I think I would give away the books that I hated or DNFd since who wouldn’t like to part ways with such books XD

    • Thanks Prabhleen! I’m very excited. Hahaha yeah, they were on the chopping block before I even decided to get rid of a bunch of books. The good news is that I got a good amount of store credit for them. πŸ˜‰ Getting rid of books you really disliked is always a good strategy for keeping your collection as trim as possible!

  • Jessamine Julian

    Congrats on the new job! I am horrible about getting rid of books, but the rule that my fiance encourages me to follow is if I bring one in, I get rid of one (and vice versa). Thinking that way makes it a whole lot easier when it comes to pruning because then I can think of ones I may get in the future!

    • Thanks so much Jessamine! It’s been a wild ride. Wow, your fiance is tough! I’d find it so difficult to follow that rule, haha. It is a good practice though, and it probably stops y’all from needing to buy new bookshelves too (which is always such a pain).

  • Congrats on the new job! That’s so exciting! I was really lucky that when I moved for school I was able to keep most of my books at my parent’s place. I’m terrible at getting rid of books haha. My strategy usually is I gift them away. But I think starting with you know you won’t re-read is a good start. Classic/sentimental reads definitely need to stay!
    Good luck!

    • Thank you Cyn! It’s crazy exciting, I’m still a bit shook and it’s been three weeks! Hahaha. Oooh, that is lucky! My parents straight up told me to move my books or they’d be getting donated…whoops. LOL. Gifting away books is a good option too, I’ll have to try that when I go through my next big purge. πŸ™‚

  • YAAAAASSSSSSS, CONGRATULATIONS! You did it! I am so excited for you. =)

    OMG I am in the same position! I’m graduating in May, starting my new job in June, and also moving in June… I need to offload a ton of books. For me, it’s somewhat easy with the finished copies, because I can donate them to a number of centers around Baltimore City that will make sure the books go to underfunded libraries or low-income households (at least, that’s what they advertise. I think I trust them). But the ARCs… ARCs are different and not as many places will accept them. I’ll most likely start doing massive post-pub ARC giveaways, and just shipping them to winners. It’ll get pricey but I’d rather spend $10 getting rid of 15 books than have to throw them away or give them to a place that isn’t going to accept them and that place will then throw them away. :/

    Best of luck with everything, Danya!

    Alyssa @ The Eater of Books!

    • Eeeeeeeeee thanks so much Alyssa! πŸ˜€ It’s been a bit of a whirlwind, one that I’m sure you can relate to!

      So what you’re saying is that June is going to be an average month for you? LOL. Good luck with everything, if anyone can juggle it all then it’s you! I feel the same way about donating/getting rid of ARCs, especially since it’s illegal to resell them in Canada (not sure about the US though) so I don’t feel comfortable bringing them to a used bookstore or something like that. UGH donation centres/organizations that throw away books are the worst. If you can’t accept them, then don’t! Easy as that.

      Thank you! The worst is over, now I just have to re-organize all my shelves and wait for a new one to come in from IKEA. πŸ™‚

  • Jolien @ The Fictional Reader

    Congratulations! That’s so exciting πŸ˜€

    There are several ways I decide whether to keep a book or not. If I haven’t read it, then I ask myself: what is it about? If I can’t remember a single detail, that’s usually not a good sign. If the premise doesn’t really excite me, then it’s going.

    For books I have read, I think about whether I enjoyed them (if I didn’t, or they were meh, I don’t want them on my shelf) and whether they are part of a series. If it’s the first book in a series, and I didn’t love it nor do I have any plans on continuing with the series, I don’t keep it. I’m a bit more lenient with standalones πŸ™‚

    • Thank you Jolien, it is exciting! And a little bit scary, but in a good way. πŸ™‚

      Asking yourself questions about your unread books is such a clever idea! That way you can narrow down which ones you’re actually interested in reading vs. the ones that were impulse buys. If only I didn’t impulse buy so many books…sigh.

      I’m definitely with you on getting rid of books that I didn’t like or were just “okay,” unless it’s a book by an author that I’m actively collecting. For example, I’m trying to collect all of Kelley Armstrong’s books and read them (that’s more than 45 books) and there are a couple in my collection that I didn’t enjoy all that much. But I’m keeping them because they’re part of the greater collection, you know?

  • Greg Hill

    First of all, congratulations!! And as far as pruning the old collection, that’s a toughie. I don’t have a TON of books so it’s not a huge problem for me (I’ve been buying ebooks by the scads lately) but in college I had BOXES of books, some I hadn’t looked at much since I grabbed em in used bookstores, and I had to part with a lot of those when I moved. And frankly many of them I was no longer interested in… but it can be a tough call with some of them. πŸ™‚

    I don’t have much advice since it’s hard to know sometimes which to keep, but good luck? πŸ™‚

    • Thank you so much, Greg! πŸ™‚

      Oh ebooks, I have a love/hate relationship with them. On the one hand, they can be *so* cheap. On the other hands, I love having pretty books on my shelves! Still, I can’t resist a book when it’s the price of a small coffee. I definitely acquired a ton of books that I didn’t really want or need when I was in uni, thanks largely to the library book sale (fill a tote bag with books for $5). I can’t say no to a good bargain…although is it really a bargain if you wouldn’t have been interested in buying the items under different circumstances? Hmmm….

  • Hi, Danya! Sorry I haven’t been
    around lately, I’ve been really busy with classes in my PhD program. And I mean
    to answer you lovely comments on my blog. If only I had more than 24 hours in
    my day…

    I’ve already congratulated you
    on Twitter, I’m happy for you. I hope this job would live to all your
    expectations! I’m definitely interested in hearing more about that. In truth I
    know close to nothing about librarian job in the US and Canada. Good luck with
    moving!

    No judging for collecting books
    from me. I’m a hoarder too. The only reason I still have space to live is that
    I read mostly e-books. It’s so hard to get rid of books for me. It physically pains
    me. Lol. I think it’s easier for me to part with those books that I’ve already
    read but will likely never re-read. Those I no longer have any interest in
    reading though… What if I change my mind? There are several books that are
    close to my heart and I will never get rid of. They are mostly in
    Russian.

    • Hi Ksenia, I hear you on that front! Don’t worry, I totally understand how busy grad school is (not to mention your family, too). Thanks so much, I’m very excited about it! Since people seem to be interested in hearing more about the job, I’ll definitely be writing a post about it once I’ve been working there a couple months.

      Yes, it physically pains me too! Book hoarders, unite! Hahaha. Getting rid of read books is definitely the best strategy I think, because otherwise you’re stuck wondering “what if?” about the unread books that you pass along. What if it turned out to be a new favourite? I think it’s important to keep books that have sentimental value! πŸ™‚

  • Bookworm Brandee

    Congrats on the new job, Danya! That’s fantastic!! πŸ™‚
    As for when I get rid of books…well, when I’m running out of space! Haha Honestly though, I always ask myself if I’ll re-read the book. If the answer is “no” then I get rid of it. I think taking them to a used book store, where you can earn credit to be used later, is ideal. But donating them is also great!
    Good luck with your move and starting your new position!

    • Thanks so much Brandee! I’m still over the moon and I’ve been working there a couple weeks, so that’s a great sign. πŸ™‚

      Running out of space is definitely a problem, LOL. It happens to me quite a bit, sadly, since I live in an apartment – the key is to fit as many books onto one set of shelves without making it topple over. Used bookstores are awesome in general, but they’re definitely one of my favourite ways to get rid of really nice books like hardcovers, because of the store credit exchange. Of course, that just leads to more books…oh well, it’s a good problem to have! πŸ˜€

  • Oh dear, this hard one πŸ™ I usually let go when have no choice as well and then I am ruthless. The books I keep are the ones I can’t do without, and that’s not more than 10 I think and they’re really the ones I NEED to have close to me. And then there’s the most recent ones I haven’t read. I once carried books from Sydney to Toronto to Amsterdam and back to Sydney, so I am absolutely serious when I say I only keep the ones I NEED πŸ™‚

    • And, I hit enter too fast πŸ™ I am also so jealous of you right now because working in a library is ties with owning a bookstore as the BEST job ever. Nods. Congratulations! They’re lucky to have you!

      • LOL that happens to me constantly! When I was younger I did consider going into independent book selling (because then I could have a cat at work!) but I’m really happy that I decided to pursue librarianship instead. I am a little biased though. πŸ˜‰

        Thank you so much, Verushka! That means a lot. πŸ™‚

    • Isn’t it, though? Normally I’m ruthless in getting rid of things too, just not books. I get strangely sentimental about them! What if I want to reread the well-worn pages of my Anne of Green Gables books, Verushka?! Haha. Wow, that’s a well-traveled group of books! Thank goodness for ebooks, because otherwise I’d never be able to travel anywhere!

  • Congratulations Danya!! I’m so happy for you! *virtual cake and hugs* And yes I’d love to hear more!!

    I’m a crazy hoarder when it comes to books and I reread a lot!! So very truthfully I haven’t gotten rid of many books..But when I did get rid of books, I think i gave up thrillers. ( My logic is with a thriller once you know the final secret, rereading is impossible for me. Once the secret’s out, you can’t go back to not knowing!) At least with fantasies like HP, there is so much more than the ‘final secret’ and I can reread HP a million times! Also when I was younger, I gave up a whole load of books while moving and donated them to an orphanage nearby ..That made me so happy <3

    I hope you figure out the book problem Danya <3 Good luck with everything!

    • Thank you so much, Uma! *eats all the cake and hugs back* I’ll be writing a post giving everyone the scoop on what I’m up to at work…just as soon as I’ve been working there for a few months, haha.

      Rereading is a totally legit reason to hoard books, in my opinion! I’m sad to say that I haven’t done much rereading since I started blogging, but I really want to start back up with it. Ooooh good point about thrillers! I don’t think I have any in my collection, except those by Kelley Armstrong which I’ll never get rid of because I’m a big fan…LOL. Donating books to a worthy organization or cause is always awesome, especially when you know there are a few great reads in the pile.

      Update: I’ve solved the problem…I bought more shelves. WHOOPS! πŸ™ˆ

  • I’ve been saving this post to comment on for a while (congrats, btw, I know I said it before but you know always good to say again). I am terrible at getting rid of books. I have big clear outs every so often but the books tend to just get shifted around the house where I can’t see them. I would take them to the charity shop but since I can’t drive it’s always a bit of a mission. I do try to give some to friends and those I know will appreciate them. It’s a nightmare really.

    There will always be books I will keep forever, even if I never read them again. Harry Potter will live pride of place on my shelves (yes, even Cursed Child) and Pride and Prejudice will live there as well. I’ve got romance which I will never get rid of even if the covers make me cringe. Then there are books I bought because I wanted to read and really enjoyed, like Me Before You, but know I will never read again. It’s all about judging the book quickly. Don’t think on it too long and fingers crossed you feel no regrets afterwards.

    • Thaaaaaanks, Becks! (Becks? Is that weird? Tell me your nicknames if you’ve got ’em!)

      Sounds like we’re pretty similar! I put it off and then end up having to do a major overhaul/purge, when really it would be so much easier to just regularly get rid of things I don’t want anymore. But I guess the problem is…I want almost all of them? Hahaha. Hey, high five for people who can’t drive! It’s a lot less practical in Canada though, where driving from one end of Ontario to the other is literally 24 hours, but oh well!

      You know, I’ve kept all my HP books too even though I don’t have any plans to reread them in the future. I guess because they were such a big deal at one point in my life I feel like it’s important to keep them (excluding the Cursed Child, which I haven’t read but I would totally see it performed live). Wow, brave soul! I don’t think I own any romance novels in print – unless you count Molly Harper’s Nice Girls books, I have a couple of those. Mostly I read them as ebooks to avoid the cover cringe! So far I haven’t felt any regrets over the books I’ve tossed, so hurrah!

      • Becks works, a few people call me that at work and I don’t know where they’ve chosen it from because I don’t call myself Becks. I am Becky, Becca or rebarkle because my best friend is really weird and has to have her own original nicknames for folks. Also widget but since we have now named our cat that I get that one less.

        Exactly, I get it. I don’t like getting rid of things, that’s my issue and that may partially be because I put it off so much so it becomes a whole palaver. And I’m glad I’m not the only non driver in the world. People think I’m weird but I’m just not convinced it’s a skill I need. There is a reason for public transport, even though it is more unreliable I like to think I am doing a small bit to not totally kill the planet. Also, I think if I gave myself another reason to be lazy I would get really fat so driving would not be good for my health. I get I might feel more motivation if my country was that big! I don’t think it would even take 24 hours to drive from Land’s End to John O’Groats (the two farthest points in the UK) so that is crazy!

        I get that, there are some books I keep even though I know I’ll never read so I get keeping HP. I am rereading with the release with each of the illustrated editions (which I really shouldn’t be buying but books with pictures will get me everytime). And I don’t know what it is, but I like owning physical books even though I really don’t have the shelf space for them. Even romance and the cover cringe. Yay for no bookish regrets! That’s always a good thing. And I always think if I truly regret it I can always buy them again.

  • Lynn Williams

    Well done on your job – and yes, I would love to hear more about that aspect if you get the chance to post.
    As to getting rid of books, take me back a couple of years and I probably would have been horrified. These days, not so much. That said, I still own a lot of books and the thought of getting rid is tough – I think because I feel like I want them to go to a good home!
    Lynn πŸ˜€

    • Thank you Lynn! Woohoo, I’ll definitely be writing one up then. Just have to wait until I’ve been working there a bit longer and have something more to say. πŸ˜‰

      I used to be a lot more devoted to my book collection, too! But after moving around every year or every two years, it starts to wear on you and chucking them gets easier. Yes, exactly! As longs as my books are going to a good home I can’t complain. πŸ™‚

  • Kelly

    I don’t get rid of books…ever. I’m not on your level though, so I can’t speak to if that will always be the case haha

    I think the last time I did give away a handful was when I was so upset with the way the series was going, it made me angry to see them on my shelf! Haha

    Congrats on the new job – and good luck with the pruning. I read somewhere that it’s easier to start with what you know you NEED to keep, and then whittle what’s leftover from there!

    • Wow! That’s crazy to me! How long have you been buying books? Do you have lots from your childhood? I wish that I’d kept more, but it’s mostly my Anne of Green Gables collection that remains, haha.

      LOL I’ve totally done similar things! Usually if my ship doesn’t sail or my NOTP gets together then I’m done with them and try to pass them on to people who I know will enjoy them more that I did or would. Thanks so much Kelly! My job is going very well and pruning was okay…of course, since then I’ve purchased another book shelf so who knows? πŸ˜‰

  • I have to go through my books pretty regularly and get rid of some because even with my four giant bookcases, I don’t have room for any more! So it’s a constant purge process around here, and I’m always trying to get rid of the books that I don’t “need.” Ha! Whatever that means!

    • I need to follow your example Nicole, but it just seems so difficult! I’ve also got four giant, full bookshelves and no more space so it’s getting down to the wire. Again! How does this happen so frequently?! Haha. A book hoarder needs all their books, obviously! πŸ˜‰

  • Sam Kozbial

    First and foremost, congratulations on the new job! *applause, applause*
    We do a clean out giveaway each year. The books we keep are usually personalized. Otherwise, I am not a re-reader and do not have any attachment to things.
    Sam @ WLABB

    • Thanks so much Sam! It’s been a crazy time but I’m very excited to be doing it.

      This post has shown me that most bloggers seem to do regular clear outs, which makes me feel like such a schmuck for doing them so infrequently! Normally I’m not sentimental about objects either, but there’s something about a print book that just makes me happy looking at it. Hopefully I’ll be able to stick with the space I’ve got and not go too overboard!

  • CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!! That’s amazing!!!

    Unfortunately with my travelling over the years I’ve had to get rid of A LOT of my books and now I’m down to a very few old favourites and a whole lot of ebooks. Luckily those don’t take any physical space but I do have to keep a lot in the ‘cloud’ as my phone and e-reader can only handle so many! I just leave them all on my Kobo account and download the ones I need to read / re-read soon. Any from NetGalley are purged as soon as they are read.

    I’m starting to slowly re-form a library of physical books and my daughter has a whole collection of books already (picture books since she is just three!). I’m currently deciding which Harry Potter covers I need in my life and I’ll be buying all the SJ Maas books because I do actually love them! Yours could have had a home with me. πŸ˜‰

    Best of luck with the move and managing to get your collection down. A giveaway might be on the horizon??

    • THANK YOU, DI! I’m very excited about it. πŸ˜€

      I think anyone who’s done a lot of travelling or moved a lot has to pare down their book collection quite a bit, just because they’re the worst to move. Having a library of ebooks is a great idea, and it’s smart to make use of cloud storage. I should probably do that too since my iPad is starting to get full.

      Building a library from scratch is so much fun! I’d love to hear more about your daughter’s picture book collection too, because you can never know about too many good picture books in my line of work. πŸ˜‰ It’s funny, I really love ACOMAF but the Throne of Glass books are not for me. Sorry Di, but I actually ended up giving them to my old roomie for undergrad – she’s suuuper into YA assassins right now. Little does she know, right? Haha.

  • Well, congratulations on your new position! That’s so awesome!! Definitely a dream job. πŸ™‚

    I used to keep ALL my books but the last few years I started donating a lot of them. If I’ve read them and I can safely so I will never re-read? Bye, bye. I’ve also become very picky when it comes to font sizes, which seems weird.. I’m not in my 60s, but if a book has a tiny font and the library has the ebook? Or if the ebook goes on sale. I’ll swap my physical out for an ebook copy.

    • Thanks so much, Bonnie! It is definitely a dream job, and coming off a semi-gruelling job hunt it feels like a major win.

      A lot of people have mentioned re-readabilty as a factor, which I had considered but I think I should start using it more.Swapping out a physical book for an ebook copy! I’m shocked! Haha. Actually I do the same, but rather than getting rid of the physical book I just buy a digital copy. I know, this is how I got into this mess in the first place! πŸ˜‚

      • Over the last several years I’ve become extremely picky when it comes to font sizes and I love being able to change it on my Kindle… plus the portability factor. I also think about what would happen if I kept all my books and had to move. lol

  • raypc800

    Congratulations on the position!! I am a Veteran so any books that I have to find a new home I take with me to the VA clinic I go to. They are then distributed all through the wards by volunteers.

    • Thank you! That’s a great way to pass along books you no longer need. As long as my books are going to a good home, then I’m happy. πŸ™‚