Monday, March 5, 2012

To Sell or Not to Sell?

I have a ton of books.  And I have moved many of them several times.  The hubs and I are moving again this summer and I have accumulated quite a few books since we moved almost 2 years.  I am starting to wonder how many of them I really want to move again.  For example, I own quite a few Anne Rice books (10+) and I have moved them at least 8 times and across different states.  When I bought them I was sure that I would reread them because I love Anne Rice's writing...but I haven't.  There are quite a few books I own because I JUST HAD to have them on my shelf.  Now I am starting to rethink this.  A lot of the books I would want to get rid of are on the 'looking for' board at Half Price Books.

I also have four bookshelves in my dining room.  Two are lovely huge oak bookshelves while two of them are smaller and less nice looking but still match each other.  I would kind of like to use the smaller shelves for other things when we move and be able to fit all my books on the two nicer pieces.

Soooo, my question to all you wonderful people, do you hold on to your books for dear life or have you purged your shelves ever now and again?  If you have purged your shelves, did you feel guilty about it or was it worth it?


  1. I don't think I could part with my books - I love them too much! One day, i want to have a huge wall of books in my house. I've even rescued books from places where they'd be tossed ... even though I don't think I'll read them anytime soon. I do understand about knowing that you won't reread them again, though ... I just couldn't get rid of mine!

  2. It all depends on the book. I do purges, but usually just harlequins or books that I picked up at Goodwill for 99 cents. I seldom purge hardcovers.

  3. I'm very much on the opposite side. I don't ever do re-reads. I know strange huh? So once I've made sure I've passed it around several times among friends and family, I trade it in at the used book store for more books!!

  4. I'm a bit of a hoarder when it comes to books, so I almost always hold on to books. I just like having a large collection of books and knowing that if I want to read a certain book that I might have it. Most of my books are in boxes in my closet because I don't have enough room in my bedroom.... I guess it really depends on the books.


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