"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?
posted by Ziggy500 to grab bag (43 answers total) 32 users marked this as a favorite
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?