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?