Saturday, 9 April 2016

Unhauling Books

The people that know me, know that I have a really serious aversion to giving away or getting rid of books. I've been like this for as long as I can remember and I never thought that it would change.


Recently however I have been looking at my shelves (wishing I had more room like all bookaholics) and I'm seeing books that I genuinely either didn't enjoy reading, will never read again or that I am plain just not interested in reading any more as my reading tastes have changed over the years. I also have a few duplicates *ahem* but enough about that.

I have realised that all of these books are taking up space that I could use for new and exciting books that I have enjoyed or will enjoy in the future. This has been a hard realisation for me as I feel like I have an emotional connection to all of my books regardless of whether I loved or hated them. Since I have started my blog and I have Goodreads and I have my book journal, I don't really need to keep hold of the physical copy of the book any longer to have memories of it as I have them in the form of reviews or even photographs on my Instagram.

So going forward I am going to be working through my many (many) bookshelves and I will be sorting them into keep and donate piles and I will also continue my never ending cataloguing of all my books onto Goodreads so that it is fully up to date. This is going to be a big job and it won't be completed instantly, but I am at least now motivated to do this and I don't feel like I'm going to struggle, too much anyway, to give away books, even if I haven't read them.

How do you feel about unhauling books? Are you as attached to your books as I have been or can you give them away without a thought?

4 comments:

  1. I came to this realisation recently too. I just don't have the space to keep everything I've ever read. I'm learning to give them a new home 😊

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    1. So does that mean you've been making the book mountain smaller?

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  2. I've got into the habit of only keeping books I really love.

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    1. That's definitely a good way to do things, hopefully when I've fully purged, I'll be able to be as strict.

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