Thursday, 15 October 2009

Booking Through Thursday: Weeding out books

Booking Through Thursday is hosted by Deb.

This weeks question is:

We’re moving in a couple weeks (the first time since I was 9 years old), and I’ve been going through my library of 3000+ books, choosing the books that I could bear to part with and NOT have to pack to move. Which made me wonder…
When’s the last time you weeded out your library? Do you regularly keep it pared down to your reading essentials? Or does it blossom into something out of control the minute you turn your back, like a garden after a Spring rain?
Or do you simply not get rid of books? At all? (This would have described me for most of my life, by the way.)
And–when you DO weed out books from your collection (assuming that you do) …what do you do with them? Throw them away (gasp)? Donate them to a charity or used bookstore?  SELL them to a used bookstore? Trade them on Paperback Book Swap or some other exchange program?

It has been a while since I had to weed out my library. The last two times I moved I was in no fit state to make decisions on books (strangely enough I could make decisions about clothes) so they all got packed. Granted some of them are still living in my cousins garage (I really have to make it back across the north sea to get them) but I do still own them. The last time I did any weeding in the library I donated the books to a charity shop. I tried selling them to a used book store but he simply wasn't interested so instead I donated them. Our library is rather out of control right now. We are renovating it so the books are living in paperbags on the landing. It will be awesome once it is done though. Of course our books have long since outgrown our library and they live in several other rooms as well. But what can you do? We are a family of bookworms :D

I will post pictures of the library when it is finished.


lilly said...

I can't even imagine if there was anyone else in my family that was a bookworm. Sadly I am the only one and the library is still 'ripping at the seams'.

gautami tripathy said...

I too keep donating books to Old Age Homes and Orphanages. Yet my pile remains unmanageable.

Booking Through Weeding

Crystal said...

We are the same - the boys shelves are starting to be overrun and of course mine and my husbands shelves are overrun even after buying a new bookshelf earlier this year.

Matt said...

I usually don't start weeding until I'm running out of room!

christine said...

Aren't those other rooms supposed there for books?