Top Ten Tuesday – Moving, Books and My Personal Library

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly blog meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today’s topic is supposed to be about books that I refuse to lend to people or books that are so special I won’t let anyone touch them. But that topic didn’t really interest me. First because I only have a few ”special” books, editions that are from OwlCrate or signed by the author. And second because I don’t really lend people books anyway. I don’t trust anyone with any of my books, I’ve had books that have never been returned or returned damaged. Etc etc. If someone wants a book they can use the library. My collection is all special. 😀

But anyway, on to what I’m actually going to talk about. Come August my partner Grant and I are moving to a better and bigger apartment (thank all the gods! lol) and to prepare for that I’ve been going through all that we own. And yes, this includes my library.

In total I have five bookshelves, and I’m not even going to try and count how many books I have. As much as I would love to do that, it would just take too much time. 😀

Cookbooks, comics, series and standalones and so many books. I’m quite proud of the library I’ve started, but it is also time to look through it all and see which books I’ve actually enjoyed and which books should probably be donated to someone else. Speaking of giving books away though, I will be doing a giveaway closer to August. I have a couple OwlCrate books that I haven’t really enjoyed, but maybe you would?

At the beginning of the year I was thinking of trying to read/reread all the books in my library before I moved. But of course that didn’t happen. So my question for you all is, how do you go through your books? How do you decide which books you’ll probably never read? It’s so hard to think about my books rationally. 😀

I would love some tips or helpful hints! Don’t forget to leave a link to your Top Ten Tuesday post!

8 comments

  1. I have so much trouble sorting through my books. Mostly, I try to remember when I last reread them and if I think I’ll read them again. (Not counting the books that have emotional significance to me, of course. Those I’ll always keep).

    So no real advice, but I do wish you the best with your move. I hope it goes smoothly.

    My TTT.

  2. Hey! I’m very passionate about my (semi?) small library collection. I probably have around 200 books (not including the picture books). I’ve moved around a ton so I don’t like to hold onto books I don’t plan on reading again. The only books that have a permanent place on my library are books I’ll read again, books I think are important for my children to have access too (books with East Asian and other diverse people in them/on the cover), and books that I haven’t read. I definitely like having a full shelf, but I also don’t like hanging on to stuff I know I won’t use. I hope this helps and that your move goes well! I also have a more detailed post about owning books on my blog!

  3. Oh, getting rid of books can be so hard! You own a beautiful collection, I hope you are able to sort out which books to give away. Good luck moving!

  4. I am SO happy to see your shelves in a bit of disarray, because YAY I’M NOT THE ONLY ONE. *cries happy tears* I mean, I love seeing all these gorgeous, organized bookshelves, of course, but alas, mine will never look anything near to that. Congrats on the new place! That’s always exciting (and a bit stressful).

    I had to go through my books recently-ish, too, and I try to just be really honest with myself. Do I actually plan on reading this book in the next year or two? If I’ve already owned it for five years and haven’t read it, that’s an automatic get rid of, because clearly, the intention was there but not the interest haha. I sometimes will giveaway books that I can easily get from the library or something and don’t see a reason to keep (like my old copy of Call of the Wild). I had a lot of books that I picked up on a whim, too, because they were $0.10 or something like that, but after re-reading blurbs and looking at reviews (which I don’t usually do as I buy), I decided they probably really weren’t my sort of book at this point in time, so no reason to hang onto them.

    Good luck with whittling down your books and moving!

    Here’s my TTT post.

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