Saturday, June 23, 2012

Book Purging

Ok, so that title sort of sounds like someone with a book eating disorder, and come to think of it, it kinda fits.  Only I buy too many books, rather than eating them J.

I’m going through a sort, re-sort, give away, and clean phase right now.  I’ll always be a packrat, I like having walls filled with shelves of books.  But I’ve realized that as of late it’s gotten out of hand.  WAY out of hand.  As in piles of books lurking just about everywhere in the house.  Now let me clarify, I have enough shelves to hold probably a 1,000 books in my house.  So the fact that they are having to camp out on the floor huddled against the walls for support is not a good sign.

And even worse is that over half are TBR (aka bought them, haven’t read them).  I have a tendency to go crazy when I get into used book stores, or at an event (still recovering from the RT convention of three years ago!), or if I win them (won two huge piles of books a while ago….haven’t read most of them). I love obtaining books.
I LOVE books.  Even when I make that jump into ebook readers, I will always be a hard copy book junkie.  But right now I’m a few steps away from becoming a “very special episode of Hoarders”.  So, I’m wadding through my “babies” and pulling out the ones I’ve read, enjoyed, but probably won’t read again.  I’m also taking a hard look at my TBR collection.  Many were bought just on cover, title, and back copy blurb alone.  The first page has been a bit of a shock on a few already.  It’s not that they’re bad, it’s simply they aren’t my type- or not what I thought they were based on the back copy.

I’m just starting my book purge, and I know it’ll be hard.  But I’m planning on making donations to the military through my local RWA chapter, and maybe other good sources as well.  Knowing the books will make someone very happy makes it easier to let them go J.
I’m also using this opportunity to see WHY I’m walking away from certain books to make sure that I’m not doing the same thing in my own writing.  So hopefully at the end of things I’ll have a neater house, a tighter book collection, and a new view of things not to do ;).
What about you?  How do you decide to keep a book or set it free?


  1. Ugh, I have to do this, and I'm not looking forward to it. I got a Nook for my birthday, so I am trying to use it as a vehicle to get some of the books out of my house before it collapses. I've made wonderful progress, but there are some I just can't part with, mostly the fantasy classics from my youth.

  2. LOL- glad I'm not the only one Melanie! It's hard to part with some books, that's for sure.

    Thanks for coming by!

  3. Donating to the military is so excellent!! I did that with a bunch of DVD's (and yes VHS tapes, I KNOW!) and I am starting again on my books.
    I have a Kindle. LOVE IT, and have been putting book series on the Kindle and realizing that these could have been taking up room all over the house but now they are in a device that fits in my purse.
    Don't get me wrong, I LOVE books. I still buy books, but I find myself buying the out of print books and old books I can't get as an e-reader.
    I will always have books. But having the option of having as many books as I want WITHOUT it taking up space is a dream come true for me.

  4. oh .. you're sure singing my song. At the moment I have 3 paperbox lids full of paperbacks in the trunk of my car..all things I will not re-read. And I too have stacks of unread/probably won't/eventually will read.
    I've not yet converted at all to an e-reader .. as I still love the feel of reading a 'real' book .. and I like seeing favorites daily on the shelves.
    Good luck

  5. I need to do that too...

    Ken's a big book hoarder too so between the two of us, it's very scary! LOL

    Great post Marie!

    Lisa :)

  6. I recently did a book purge. It was hard to let all those books go, but I did to clear the flow in my office.

  7. Thanks for coming by my fellow book hoarders/purgers! :)

  8. I'm also a book hoarder, Marie. I try to sort through, but never get very far. Now I buy eBooks, but I still pick up books that people want to get rid of. :)

  9. Thanks for coming by Gerri :). I'm hoping to make a serious dent this round!

    Marie- at work- can't log into blogger :(