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BTT: Weeding

btt2When’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 have only just started with attempts to weed out my library.  On reflection, if I don’t think I’m going to reread it, I am not sure I want it any more.  I have so many books I want to read and so many that I want to read again.  Why keep the ones that aren’t calling to me?  I do have trouble giving up books that I paid for, though, especially full price.  If I got it from a used bookstore or charity shop and it was very cheap, I generally don’t mind turning around and giving it back if I didn’t like it.  I plan on doing more giveaways for this once I’m employed, especially with ARCs and review copies.  There is also the ever-important issue of space and the fact that I don’t have all my books with me ever.  They’re spread in two locations for now.  While I’d like to bring all my books together, it’s not going to happen for a good few years.  I’m sure that when it does I will have a lot to reconsider.


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