… am down-sizing my book collection.
There, I said it. And you know what? It feels kind of good.
I have a lot of books. Lots of books that I have read and will never read again, and lots of books I have that I highly doubt I will ever actually read. Some are obviously second-hand (mostly in the same condition I acquired them), others look like they have never even been opened (which, uh, is a distinct possibility for more than I want to admit). They’re in not one but two rooms of the house, bookshelves are stuffed to capacity and the shelves are buckling, and there are piles on the floor as well… Yeah, I have a lot of books.
With space at a premium these days and me reading more and more digitally these days, there really is no reason for me to keep so many of the unread-and-never-will-(re)read books around.
So then the question is, what will I do with them?
- Some will be given to friends. I don’t have many locally, so that’s a short list. I have a bunch that I need to send to Alec @ Ruru Reads anyway, so it’s good motivation to get that sorted too.
- Some will be donated to charity op-shops, like the SPCA one. I already donated about 100+ books a month and a bit ago for the DCM Bookfair, but there’s still a long way to go.
- As a lot are YA books are untouched and thus in brand-new condition, some will be gift-wrapped and put under trees for kids who aren’t expected to have a Christmas with lots of gifts. I have done this in the past, so I’ll do it again this time.
- And a few I’ll try and sell, as I am saving up for a new computer to replace my slowly-declining laptop.
So there you have it. I’m finally going to be less of a book hoarder. And it feels good. Painful. But good.