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August 19: Unhauling books (Amber @ Escape Life in the Pages)
Prompts: How do you feel about unhauling books? Do you get rid of books often? Or do you hold on to every book you buy? How do you decide which books to get rid of? Are there any books you would never get rid of?
Welcome to another week of LTB here at DTRH, everyone! Today’s topic is a classic, I think most of us book lovers have this problem eventually. So many books we want to buy, but limited on budget and more importantly, space on your shelf! I would love to hear the story of how you all decide which books to get rid of…and how you choose to get rid of them.
I think unhauling is just eventually necessary. Avoid it as long as you can, but I think eventually even the most curated lists will need a bit of a trim. But no one really likes doing it, do they? If you are, let me know below. But I think most of us don’t love to Marie Kondo our shelves, and is probably only done once in a blue moon.
I personally do not get rid of books often. When the book list gets too big, it could be time to do some trades or pass it onto a family member who hasn’t read it. Anything to forestall the unhauling, right? Once every…few years…that bleeds into probably 5-10 years to be honest. I would almost rather not buy books so that I don’t have to throw out old ones!
I generally want to hold onto every book I buy. That’s the whole point of buying them in the first place right? Of course there are those books that I buy that I don’t end up enjoying as much as I thought I would. But even then, unhauling it would definitely be lower on the list of priorities. Better to buy books you do want than to get rid of books you don’t? I guess.
It’s always hard to decide which books to get rid of. I guess for me, at the end of the day, if I didn’t connect with a book or don’t feel too strongly about it, that is reason enough to get rid of it. Otherwise I’d just keep every single book on my shelf which would be rather counterproductive. Something that I haven’t read in a long time (and don’t plan to read again) are also usually candidates on the chopping block.
Conversely, old classics, and series that I’ve collected will always be the hardest to get rid of. And honestly I don’t see myself getting rid of them ever, anyway. There are/were book that were near and dear to my heart, and probably forever will be, and therefore have a permanent space on my shelf! For me, that would be series like Harry Potter, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Deltora Quest series, for example.
What do you all keep that you just can’t part with? Let me know in the comments below!