To quote the world’s greatest poets…
“Bye Bye Bye” – NSYNC (circa 2000)
About once or twice a year, I stare at my bookshelves for half an hour before making the painstaking decision to cull some of my books. It’s hard and sometimes heartbreaking, but in the end there is something so cathartic about unhauling books you know you aren’t going to read.
This weekend I managed to get rid of about 30 books by dropping them off at our local hospice. Most of these were books I’d seen people raving about and therefore purchased, some were sale items I bought on a whim and some were parts of series I always told myself I would read but I never have.
|The 5th Wave||How I Live Now||The Measure of a Man|
|The Vampire Academy||Malinche||A Visit From the Goon Squad|
|We Were Liars||The Wrath and the Dawn||Fifty Shades of Grey|
|Water for Elephants||Every Day||Fifty Shades Freed|
|The Manticore||Conversion||We Need To Talk About Kevin|
|Truthwitch||If I Stay||Catch-22|
|Red Queen||The Geography of Me & You||Through To You|
|Twilight||Girl With The Dragan Tattoo||Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares|
|Life of Pi||Pride & Prejudice||The Bed Wetter|
|Eat Pray Love||Half Bad||Just One Day|
|Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone||The Poisonwood Bible||I know This Much Is True|
It’s nice to have a free shelf, but I know it won’t be too long until I’ve filled it up again. I’m trying to be better and tell myself that I can only buy a new book if I read a few of my unread ones first, but whether or not that sticks is just something we’ll have to see.
Do you actively unhaul your bookshelves? Have you read any of these?