Here’s this week’s question, which is a great one:
“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?
My last substantial weeding project was about 3 months ago, when I pulled several books I wasn’t convinced I’d ever read again. It felt good. I’ve gotten better at keeping only the books I might possible read again. I haul the weeded books in to the library for the book sale, and it’s satisfying. Since I’ve stopped buying books unless I know I’ll want to read them again, it helps keep the collection size stable.
Often weeding’s hard to do, though! I often stop myself from a good weeding by thinking, “Maybe someday we’ll live on a ranch! And there won’t be a library within miles! And I’ll go stark raving!” That’s enough to sit me back down in my chair to do some reading and ignore the impulse to weed the shelves. (A ranch?!)
Then there are the books-as-relics that I hold onto sheerly for sentimental reasons: the Nancy Drew mysteries, the Trixie Beldens, and all of those books by Agatha Christie. They remind me of my younger years, and they are mine forever.