Clearing out books

Pile of Books in Prague Library

I have spent most of today (umm I guess yesterday now) clearing out my books, a horrible yet quite satisfying task. I partly did this because there is literally no space in my bookshelves, and partly because I still can’t find my copy of To Kill a Mockingbird. I decided to alphabetise them as well so it would be easier to find things (although I’m sure I knew where To Kill a Mockingbird was anyway). So anyway I spent most of the afternoon and all evening surrounded by piles of books, I made a pile for each letter of the alphabet and piles for non-fiction, biographies, books I don’t want, and books that belong to other people (and have or won’t be read). Oh and a physical TBR pile (my old one was basically a list of books I knew I wanted to read and owned but haven’t read yet).

What I hate about this job is the getting rid of books. I hate getting rid of books. Even books I didn’t enjoy I think but what if I do in the future. Books hold so many memories for me. I have so many I loved as a child or a teenager and will probably never read again, but to get rid of them is like getting rid of an old friend. Part of me thinks that I want to keep them and give them to my kids one day but will my kids really want a bunch of old books Mum read when she was young? So I am being brutal and unless it was really, really special I’m getting rid.

With newer books it’s not the same, they hold no nostelgia, and if I’m getting rid of them it’s genuinelly because I never want to read them again, not because I know in my heart of hearts I won’t. There is still a little part of my that wants to read Sophie in the Saddle, and my collection of Jacqueline Wilson books. The bit that remembers when I was obsessed with Noel Streatfeild books, and when Linda Newberry seemed so grown up and made me feel like I was almost reading adult books (I am sure that if I was able to buy The Shouting Wind trilogy at the time I would keep it, it genuinely was a great trilogy).

So what did I learn?

1) It gets easier to be brutal about getting rid of books. But there are still some you really can’t decide on.

2) My biggest pile of books was the P pile (in fact there had to be 2 P piles so I didn’t get attacked by the books!) followed by the S’s

3) And I have enough books by Jodi Picoult that on their own they make up a pile the same size as the S pile

4) I have books by authors with every letter surname except Q and X

5) My copy of To Kill a Mockingbird is not on my shelves.

6) even after taking away all the books I don’t want, and all the books that belong to other people I still have to stack books on the top of shelves, and even though I was trying my best to avoid it I still had to put my TBR pile in my sister’s room.

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8 responses to “Clearing out books

  1. Wow…you certainly have a lot of books. That is wonderful.

    I know what you mean about parting with them. Very difficult.

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  2. My daughter has just gotten an apartment. It is her third year of college and I know that the trips home this year will be less than last year. She’s being dating the same boy for over 4 years now and they plan to marry as soon as she graduates so she only needs a place to lay her head when coming home (fortunately said boy’s parents live only a few miles away). So the point I’m trying to make? She doesn’t need the bunny wallpapered bedroom of her childhood. So it’s MINE ALL MINE! Bunnies have been stripped, new wallpaper put up, painted and pieces of bookcases laying all around as I frantically assemble 8 (count them 8) of them. In another week, I’ll be filling shelves from my other room and emptying tub after tub of beautiful paperbound gold to their new home where I will sit back in wonder from my desk or comfy reading corner and smile cause life is GREAT!
    Oh, and I am visiting from the hop 🙂
    – just got a bit over come when I saw that pile/stack/mountain of books.

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  3. lucybirdbooks

    lol. It is a great picture isn’t it? My piles weren’t quite that bad. I have been meaning to redecorate my room for about a year now, but there is so much stuff in it that it’s a bit difficult!
    Thanks for hopping by 🙂

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  4. I think you should give some of the books away to your readers. I think they will love the books just as much as you did. I agree with you parting with them though. I want to give away some of my books but I’m such a wuss, I’m always afraid I might have nothing to read…but then there’s always the library just down the block. 😀

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  5. Thanks for visiting and the kind words.

    I donate the books I have that I don’t like to our library. They have a used book store, although I find that I end up buying as many books as I donate!

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  6. lucybirdbooks

    lol I know what you mean. I do one of 3 things with mine:

    1) If I think people will want to read them I put them on bookmooch
    2) I bookcross them
    3) I take them to charity shops

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