Parting With Books

Stacks of Books.My name is Donna and I'm a book hoarder. Many of my genre purchases have gone ebook, but I still buy plenty of new paperbacks and I'm incapable of hearing the words "library book sale" without stuffing a reusable grocery bag in my purse.

I occasionally fill up a box to take to a local used book shop. That helps a little with my hoarder guilt, but there are still many more books coming into my home than leaving it. An upcoming move means that all of that is about to change.

My goal is to only move books that are either fairly recent acquisitions or are special to me in some way. I'll pack things that I frequently re-read and books that would be hard to replace. I'm going to try to be as ruthless as possible with the rest.

A few short years ago this would have been unthinkable, but plans and priorities change. I keep looking around my shelves and seeing things that don't seem worth boxing up and carting around. Many of them were books that I enjoyed and am glad that I bought, but that doesn't mean that I want to be attached to them forever.

I'm sure once I'm settled down in my new digs, my book count is going to start creeping up again. It'll still feel good to get some of this extra weight out of my home in the meantime.

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  1. I am totally a book hoarder, too. In the last several years, I've started limiting the books I buy to things I've either read already and know I'll read again, or authors I already know I love. Of course, this still brings a fair number of books into my house, and that number has been escalating as I read more and more writing blogs and want to support the authors whose blogs I find useful and entertaining. So far I haven't really tried downsizing my collection at all, but my husband and I are looking at buying a house in the next 5 years, so I'll probably want to start working on that.

    1. I've been intending to cut my collection down for years, though probably not as harshly as I'm doing now. This situation kind of snuck up on me, and since I'm facing the possibility of two moves in two years, the magic question is "Do I want to move this twice?"

      My paper collection includes plenty of books that I've already got Kindle copies of and several series that I'm picking up at the library these days, so in all those cases, the answer's gonna be no.


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