"A genteel black hole that knows how to read"
August 17, 2011 5:51 AM Subscribe
Question for the bookworms of AskMeFi: I have waaay too many books, but don't know how to decide which to get rid of, and which to hang onto. How do you rationalise your library?
I have no impulse-control when it comes to buying books, especially cheap second-hand books from charity shops. My flat is small and overflowing with books. It used to be OK but now I feel uncomfortable, like I'm being a packrat. I simply do not have enough room for them anymore and it's time to rationalise.
My books fall into the following categories:
1. Read, will probably reread.
2. Read, will never re-read.
3. Haven't read yet, will probably read soon.
4. Haven't read yet, will probably read eventually.
5. My family own a copy of the same book.
So I'm ok with giving all the books in categories#2 and #5 to charity shops* but that barely makes a dent in the books I have. I also have a lot of books that are old, out of print or otherwise difficult to find, so i am hesitant about getting rid of those.
I don't own a Kindle and have no interest in buying one. No objections to the concept or anything (I think they're cool) but I just don't really want one. I don't know of any decent libraries near where I live.
This is obviously an area where everyone will do things differently so I'm interested in hearing how all you other book-lovers out there manage your library. How do you decide what to keep and what to throw out?
*A sub-question re: giving books to charity shops - it has been my habit to write my name and the year of purchase on the flyleaf of new books; is it ok do you reckon to cut these pages off to protect my privacy before I give them away?