I'm actually pretty good at letting things go and getting rid of things I no longer need (I'm the opposite of a hoarder, as I mentioned here). Books, however are another story. I have the hardest time getting rid of books because once I finish a story, it becomes a part of me and the characters of an especially good book become like my friends. I realize I sound like a crazy person but it's honestly the reason why I'm a book hoarder.
In the spirit of starting anew, I do think it's time to get rid of a few books. And by "get rid," I mean donate or give away - I couldn't really just trash any of my precious books!
If you're in a similar predicament and your bookshelf has seen better days, here are a few things you should think about when you decide which books you should take down:
- Books you feel nothing for: Sometimes the magic of a book is gone because it's been a while or it's no longer relevant in your life. It happens and it certainly happened to me. I added books like my "Sweet Valley High" series into the 'books-to-donate' pile. They were fun when I was a kid but they really don't do anything for me and I see no value in them right now.
- Books you have outgrown: I was gifted a few Chicken Soup series books growing up. They were incredibly helpful for me to read when I was a teenager and I was so inspired by the life testimonies of all of the stories people wrote in. That said, I'm not inspired by them anymore and I'm definitely at a phase in my life where I don't necessarily need those particular stories anymore. I've also decided to donate some of my old children's books that helped me start my reading journey in the first place. I'm sure they'll help another child learn to enjoy reading too!
- Books you didn't enjoy: Last year I read a few books that I was so disappointed in that it took me forever to read them or I even completely gave up on them (which is something I never do). These are definitely not staying on my bookshelf. In fact, I'm excited to get rid of them so I can make more room for books I actually will love.
- Books you want to read in a different format: I mentioned wanting to read more from my Kindle app this year which means if I have any duplicates of the books on my app, I should be getting rid of them as well. I have friends who love reading specific books in e-reader format and if you're in that boat, you should definitely lose the duplicates.
What are some books you've had to get rid of recently? Let me know about that decision making process!