It's reading week, and since I have some time for things like basic living-space maintenance, I'm starting to do a long-desired book purge. I have four book cases in my room and they are full and overflowing onto my desk, the floor, and other flat surfaces; and recently receiving a gift card for a bookstore (more books!) has made me realize that I really don't have enough space to keep acquiring books without letting some go as well.
Too, I've been thinking about which books I'll take with me when I move out of my parents' house, probably in the next couple of years. One shelf's worth? One bookcase's worth? Almost everything or just the most beloved? It's a hard decision both in terms of space now and future space, but what I think it boils down to is that I don't have space to waste on books I don't love.
So, I purged! First to go were several sets of doubles -- I don't really need two copies of Anne's House of Dreams, do I? Didn't think so. And after that, off go the books I don't love. Adios, everything written by Henry James. Sayonara, Hemingway. Goodbye, random mystery anthologies I'll probably never get to. The Nanny Diaries, I read you a few times and now I don't need to do that anymore.
The end result is that I've boxed up 64 books to get rid of:
They'll be picked up by a local charity that takes your stuff and sells it to Value Village and whatnot. I still have some large piles of books up for reading & review, but I have a feeling that most of those will go the way of the dodo once I've posted about them... so I guess that in a few weeks I'll need new boxes.
You know what? It feels great. Later this week I'll post on phase two of my project, which is actually re-shelving all my books by category instead of all helter-skelter.
Have you weeded your collection lately? How do you decide what stays and what goes?