Booking Through Thursday – Weeding

Booking Through Thursday

Q: 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?

I’m currently a bit of a hobo, and am living temporarily at my boyfriend’s family’s house so I had to weed everything out before I moved into a much smaller space! I gave books that I thought I would never read away to charity, and sold a couple that I knew would fetch more than a fiver. I gave up swapping books because I just swapped books I didn’t want for more books I wasn’t that fussed about!

Basically I’m not very good at weeding books and have probably collected more since I had a clear out! I don’t think I could throw books out however tattered they were – I’d probably give them to charity and let them do the dirty work (terrible I know!). I have a horror of books being destroyed or used for purposes that are not ‘useful’ (something I ranted about in A Crime Against Books?).

I also put all my beloved ‘read’ books into storage at my grandmother’s house which I am visiting this weekend so I’ll be able to re-unite with them.

Basically my book collection is definitely on the wild and rambling ‘garden’ side of things (love the analogy), but I like it that way and one day I hope to have a library.

Do you have trouble ‘weeding’ out your book collection?

11 responses to “Booking Through Thursday – Weeding

  1. I haven’t weeded yet 🙂 I haven’t bought too many books so my graden is still under control

  2. I think that we, the booklovers, have to have our own 12-step program for accumulating books. I know I have too many but I still keep getting more. I think it’s a problem, 🙂

  3. Swapping books is great. Here is mine. http://teawithmarce.blogspot.com/2009/10/booking-through-thursday-weeding-your.html

    Your current read – The Other Half Lives looks good, I added it to my TBR list

  4. It is hard to weed some out, but lack of space necessitates it. Love Lilly’s comment — so true. I keep getting more though I am running out of space and have a stack to be read.

  5. I’m not good at weeding through my books

  6. I get rid of the ones that I absolutely don’t like, the ones that I rate as “Toss” in reviews. I tend to keep books that are of literary artistry.

  7. I kinda agree with you about the swapping part. In Bookmooch, I get more books than I expect to, just because I have accumulated points for not logging as often as I used to.

  8. We have some terribly tattered picture books courtesy of our pet rats. Not fit to pass on, but can’t throw them away because it was my carelessness which brought them to that pass…

    This may be indicative of a minor, book-related OCD, but apparently I am not alone!

  9. I have to admit I probably dont weed out my books as often as I dump a huge amount of weed seeds in my bookery garden. Hahaha that was an awful analogy.

    I had a big cull recently, oddly though and somehow miraculously I seem to have gained more since… I dont know how it happened.

  10. I re-read a lot of the books that I plan to give away, especially the ones that I haven’t read in a long time. It’s a system that both works and doesn’t. For one, it’s time consuming. For another, re-reading the books makes me remember why I like them and I end up not getting rid of them hehe.

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