Da-da dunn dunn dunn – Another one bites the dust! *Michael Jackson dance moves* Okay, let’s be real – I don’t have any Michael J. moves. Just way too many books. Which brings me to today’s topic – how do you decide what books to get rid of?
I was actually going to write about this last week, but then my Twitter and Instagram were EXPLODING (no, not literally) with people being outraged over Marie Kondo and her apparent advice that you should only have 30 books. I don’t watch her show and I haven’t read her book, so I know nothing, Jon Snow.
I am, however, planning to weed out a mighty number of books as part of this big Re-Shelf Yourself project, and what I want to know from you is – how do you decide what books to get rid of? How do you decide what to keep?
I have several hundred unread books, and I know I’m trying to be realistic about which ones I *truly* want to read, and let some others (gifts, sale finds, books I won in giveaways…) go.
Then there are some that I read halfway and put down and just never picked up again (The Rook by Daniel O’Malley , The Fireman by Joe Hill, Wintersong by S. Jae-Jones) and at this point I’m like – I made it halfway through this big fat book, but I don’t remember any of it. Do I pick up where I left off and just fake it til I make it? Do I give it up as lost? (And then what? Mark it DNF on Goodreads? Read? Unread?) Do I start over from the beginning? (HORRORS!)
Then there are the several hundred more books that I’m pretty sure I’ve read… I’m sure there are some unread ones mixed in there too, maybe? These are books I’ve owned since the time BG (Before Goodreads) and my brain is fried from drinking too much Diet Coke, so I look at these books and it’s like
But a lot of these are sci-fi/fantasy novels, which I know I like to reread and/or loan out, so I’ll likely keep these (because my husband likes to raid this stash too, and my brother borrows from it, and I can see my sons wanting to read these in another 10 years, as well as me wanting to go back to them if I ever have that ever-elusive “free time”). Romances I am usually one-and-done (unless they’re super phenomenal, like Sally Thorne’s The Hating Game, which I’ve read twice and am about ready for another re-read of, and some other authors that I love to go back to again and again) but SFF I like to go back to. So while I am likely to weed out a lot of my read romances, I’ll likely hang on to a lot of my SFF. Which makes sense, since a LOT of my unread stuff is romances… I just don’t have the space to hang onto all my read romances, at the rate I go through them! But I digress.
Drop me your thoughts in the comments – how do you decide what stays and what goes in your personal library? And what do you do with your books when their time with you is at an end?