This weekend I finally did something I’ve told myself I would do for ages. I went through my bookshelves and started making piles of what I didn’t like, what I started,put down, and never picked back up, and what I knew deep down I would never read. I told myself I had to be merciless, and I think I accomplished that.
So many book sales come and go and I grab things if I think I’ll want to read them someday. This mentality has come in handy literally one time (The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society). Once! All of those piles had to go. I’m running out of space entirely too quickly, and these were just collecting dust and taunting me from afar. So now I have two large piles sitting in a hallway, waiting to find better homes. I’ve been sending pictures of the piles to friends, and friends of friends, asking if they would please take them off my hands: If I’m not reading them, someone else might as well!
To avoid becoming a future episode of hoarders, this becomes necessary, and like this Book Riot video says, your books don’t have feelings, no matter how much we love them!
I’m attempting to spend the rest of the year reading mainly books I already own, or only buying a book if I know I’ll read it right away, because despite this cleaning session, I still have more than enough on my list of things I want to read!
Do you have trouble getting rid of books? How do you decide what goes?