PLUS, if you look real closely you can see my top shelf is bowing under the weight. Problems. I gots them. My read pile has grown so much that in addition to my top shelf I have several boxes full of books that I can’t bear to part with but have already read. Once I get more bookshelves I’d love to bring them back out because I love being able to have access to all my books, read or not.
How do you decide when you get rid of books? Do you keep them all? When do you decide if you should do a giveaway for the book or not?
Instead of plotting out best ways to do it I ended up just tackling it head-on in hopes I’d come up with some organizational approach that works best for me. I went the alphabetical route because that seemed easiest. I pulled all my read books off and started filling boxes… not exactly what I had in mind but I’d get separation anxiety if I got rid of massive piles of books all at once. Baby steps.
Plus, I did start my giveaway pile. There are only a few reasons why a book should actually be kept and this is discussed perfectly in a post over at the BookRiot: “Why Keep Books?”
I have a ton that I plan to read “eventually”. Those types actually encompass the majority of my collection. I don’t reread a lot but I’ve been really trying to make time for my old favorites because it interests me to see how my tastes have changed and to see if I still love those old favorites. I’ve done 3 re-reads this year and am pleased to say I enjoyed them again… maybe not as much as the first time but was still nice to revisit.
The End Result
Okay, so not a VAST improvement but, again, baby steps. Everything is in alphabetical order thus making it much more likely that I’ll actually be able to find a book I’m looking for (and actually read it). I know where to find my books now when I need them. I ended up alphabetizing my ARCs right along with all of my books but I have a feeling I’ll be taking them out and finding a special spot for them since they should have priority.
Working With My ARC/Library Habit
2013 was the year that I really started to kick my ARC habit. I requested SO many my first year of blogging and SO many of those went unread and I look back and cringe. I’ve become a much more responsible blogger and have learned how to calendar and read stuff in order of publication even though being responsible sucks most of the time (especially when you get a book and you want to dive into it immediately but have books coming up due soon? That. That sucks.) Then there’s the books you don’t receive as ARCs but are still dying to read, and as a result my library addiction is born.
I have so many wonderful books I’ve acquired over the years that I remember being ecstatic about getting but… they remain unread. My goal is to get through the last few ARCs I have and then make this my focus.
Do you have an established method for how you read? Do you read nothing but ARCs because you have so many? Do you read an owned book every other book? Or are you how I wish I could be and read whatever you want, whenever you please?
So, the whole reason for this post is to put it out there and maybe it’ll give me the motivation to actually do it. I can talk about it to myself as much as I want but sometimes putting it into words and giving yourself a plan works wonders. Feel free to include any suggestions or what works best for you, I’m all ears!