I’ve said this often and have said this frequently: I have way too many books.
Books are on my bookshelves (well, obviously Kelly), on the floor, on my desk, hidden in cabinets, and even double-stacked four feet tall on top of an upside down plastic crate leaning against the wall (don’t ask).
I’ve been trying to get rid of a lot of books to make room for new ones. I’ve been donating them, shoving them into friends’ faces, mailing them to good friends that lives outside of NYC, hosting giveaways, and selling them very cheaply. However, I’ve gotten to the point where I just don’t want to get rid of any more books and that’s a problem with the lack of room I have now and an upcoming move.
As of right now, I’m left with books I want to keep. I want to keep ARCs of books I’ve enjoyed AND buy the finished hardcover for my collection (which also helps to support the author). I even buy foreign editions of my absolutely favorite titles (bye bye my money). I want to keep books I haven’t read yet that looks promising, books I want to reread because I enjoyed them or want to give them another chance, and keep books with gorgeous covers. Hell, I even keep ARCs of certain books I didn’t enjoy when the front cover or back cover of the ARC is gorgeous. I know that’s an extremely bad habit to have, especially when you want to clear your shelves, but I need the motivation to get rid of them.
My question is, how do you guys get rid of books when you need room on your shelves? What is your criteria for getting rid of books – I desperately need some inspiration and motivation!