Purging the Shelves & Why I Must...
Today' post is more of a rambling post in which I want to chat to you all about the reasons that we get rid of books from our collections and why I need to do this very soon. For myself I get rid of books if I do not want to read them any longer, or if I have read them and do not care enough to own them anymore. Though at the moment the reason why I am forced to think of getting rid of books is the sheer volume that I own and the very limited amount of space that have to house them in.
I own a lot of books, I think on the order of more than 250. Those books are not all read, not even close. I am enjoying the experience of cultivating my own library, however I am worried that I have finally run out of space to house the thing that brings me most joy right now, books. It is for that reason that when I go home for a few days next week that I must purge the collection to maintain some sense of normalcy and balance. All of my current shelves are stacked to the brim with books, many of which I have not had the urge to read in many months, those are the ones that will be leaving the stacks of my shelves.
|This is an old photo of my books, |
I now have another full case that
would not be in this picture
Getting rid of books is not always the easiest thing when you are a book lover and you think about the amount of money that you have spent on them. Though it has come to a point where I must start to thin my collection in order to stay sane. This is not something that I will have an issue with when I own my own home or apartment, however right now I just have my bedroom in my parents home when I am not at University which does not allow for me to keep many books.
When I get rid of my books I tend to bring them to the local bookshop near me for credit, however this time I may bring them to a few bookshops to distribute the wealth from my collection. There is a used and new shop that I love, Bear Pond Books, where I bring most of my books to; and the Book Garden where I go when I need to find some lesser well known books and classics. For that reason I will be splitting up the areas where I donate them to this time, as I hope to diversify what I pick up in the future.
Wish me luck when I go home to select wisely for those books that I care greatly about and would like to keep, and getting rid of those that have stood on my shelf for a long time.
Happy Reading, and Book Purging!