I consider myself a reader and a blogger, but also a collector of books. I have a large shelf stuffed full of books (most of which I have managed to have two rows deep on the shelf and in any space on top of the rows that I can possibly fit them). It’s embarrassing actually and there is no way to display my favorites (as they are usually at the back of the pile).
When I was in undergraduate and graduate school, I had a professor that had dollar book sales a couple of times a semester (I took multiple classes with this professor). What she did was pick up books at garage sales and such for a dollar or so and sold them back to us for what she bought them for. However, I always went quite a bit overboard with this, buying quite a few books each time she had a sale.
So much of my bookshelf are books from these sales. I bought them with the hopes that they would one day go into my future classroom (which doesn’t look like it will happen any time soon, or at all). I’ve never read them, and some of them (or most of them) I don’t think I will ever read.
I think it might be time to do a bookshelf purge.
*hides*cringes*covers eyes with hands and peeks between fingers*
I’ve seen a couple of bloggers talk about bookshelf purges and never really had any opinion on the topic. However now that it comes down to me having to do one of my own I have mixed feelings.
My collection of books is one of my most prized possessions, so I’m torn. I love how excited other readers get when they browse through the titles on my shelves. But you can’t really see the books on my shelf and they look like a mess. I am running out of room for them.
But will I honestly read these books? And will someone else enjoy and actually read them?
It’s just so sad, and difficult for me to accept that I have to get rid of them.