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Where books go to die…

The dream of every book-lover is a bookcase (several bookcases?  A library??) filled with well-loved, well-thumbed books.  However, not every one has the space to keep every book they’ve read!

I used to keep all my books.  There was a time I had the whole Discworld series, all the Ian Rankin series, the Harry Potter books and a variety of others I’d read and thought I might go back and read again.  A bookcase of memories, old friends, and a lovely thing to look at.  But moving house several times over a short space of time meant that the books just had to go, I was NEVER going to read them again and I was short on space.

I ran a twitter poll last week as I was curious to see what other book-bloggers did with their precious books.

I was pleasantly surprised to see that the vast majority of people keep all their books – you lot must have a lot more space than me!  I’d love nothing more than to keep them all but space, the clutter, the DUST!  No.  I get rid of mine on a monthly basis… spread the love 🙂

Generally, all my paperbacks and hardbacks will either go to my Mum, if I think she’ll enjoy them, or they go to charity.  I’ll either drop them at the local Oxfam or they’ll go into the book-bins that you can find in most supermarket car parks.  The only books I’ll keep are graphic books like the ones pictured… or my very favourite books… dog-eared copy of  Good Omens anyone??

Things have changed for readers now, with the introduction of e-readers and audio books there are more options which don’t take up quite as much space.  Although, having said that, even when I’ve finished a book on my Kindle it comes off the reader and back into the cloud… I like things to be tidy… and it stops me starting a book I’ve already read again!

What do you do with your books?  Are you a hoarder?  A lender?  A library member?  Let me know!

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12 Comments

  • AMV70R

    I treat my books like treasure, although I don’t have many. Usual hauls come from library and goes back. Kid books are donated, but even I treasure some of thiers too 🤣

  • Karen

    Wow, you are organized! I aspire to be that way but find myself divesting books every few years or so. But I love a tidy bookcase. It makes me appreciate each book that I’ve kept even more!

  • Kaleena @ Reader Voracious

    I am TOTALLY a book hoarder and I need to buy more bookshelves like 6 months ago so as to deal with the literal TBR tower I have going on. I should eventually donate some I won’t re-read to a charity shop, but for some reason this minimalist with everything else struggles to get rid of books!

  • adeleisreading

    I own a few hundred books, and I go to the library quite a bit. However, I am a LOVER of ebooks because I can just have….so many. So. Many. And it doesn’t take up space!
    I’m in the midst of getting rid of like, 50 ish books. I just want to read them first, so then I can judge if I want to keep them or not, haha.
    I lend some books to my sister, because I know she’ll treat them well. But that’s about it!

    Awesome post! 🙂

  • Sophia Ismaa

    Great post.
    I can’t believe most people said keep them all lol. And graphic novels are too beautiful to give away!
    Keep them for a year and then sell them to a trusty and well-loved second hand book shop. But the ones I love, I will keep forever!

  • Elizabeth Meg

    I think me stumbling across this post is the universe’s way of reminding me I need to do something about my stacks of books. Trip to a charity shop with some of them is in order!

  • lizbiesnerdyworld

    I’m such a hoarder 😂 I’m a chronic rereader of my books but I also regularly go through them and any that I haven’t read for a long time or don’t take my interest anymore will be donated.

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