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Tidying

February 7, 2016

I’ve been trying to work on my goals for the year. One of them was to get rid of something every day. And another one was to have all the books on shelves by August. In pursuit of both of those goals I have been trying to organize my bookshelves and that means critically reviewing what is already on those shelves.
It turns out, I have an impressive number of books on my shelves that I don’t really need to have. These fall into a few categories:

  1. downloadARCs of books that I’m probably never going to read, but they were free and I might want to read them someday. Right?
  2. Reference books from school. I haven’t been in school in a very, very long time. Now, some of those books are just cool and others are handy to have for reference for writing. But, do I really need that Norton Anthology of English Literature from a class I didn’t even take? Especially when I’ve got Project Gutenberg, the bookstore I work at, the library, and all the other books on the shelves?
  3. Books I feel like I should read. They’re either classics, or IMPORTANT, or they’re on topics that I’m casually interested in and should therefore read a 350 page treatise on, or they were wildly popular and I feel like as a bookseller and generally opinionated person I should have an informed opinion.
  4. Then there is the set of books that I don’t have any idea how or why they ended up on my shelves.

IMG_9952What to do with the unwanted books?
I’m using a multi-prong approach to this problem. I’ve listed some on Amazon or Paperback Swap, just depending on what they are. I’ve got a stack to go to our Little Free Library, some stacks for friends, and then some for giveaways here on the blog.

What do you do with your unwanted books?

Speaking of giveaways, there is still plenty of time to enter my giveaway for a copy of Prudence by Gail Carriger!

 

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  1. February 7, 2016 8:42 am

    I feel your pain. I’m afraid if I ever met Marie Kondo, one of us wouldn’t live to tell the tale.

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