It's no secret, I love books. I love to be surrounded by books and even though I work in a library and am with books all day long, I love visiting bookstores and building my personal library at home. But with a small one bedroom apartment, the start of my blog and book reviewing, and attending ALA, my bookshelves have become very crowded! My husband is always encouraging me to weed my book collection and get rid of books, but I have such a hard time doing it!
But I love to buy books and it's an addiction I can't seem to stop! The shelves keep growing and getting fuller. My bookshelves were becoming so full I was feeling incredibly overwhelmed and I knew I had to do something about it. I made myself do some serious weeding on Saturday after yet another trip to Borders that brought back four new books. So I used the following as my criteria for keeping a book:
-Is it something I read and enjoyed? How much did I love it? Will I re-read it?
(I had to decide if it was a forever favorite and would I want to read it again if I had to chance? This was hard because I always think I'll re-read books, but never have the time.)
-Is it one I want to share it with friends/family?
(I love sharing books with my friends and family, so if it was one I would eagerly pass on, I kept it.)
-What are my chances (really) of reading this in the next year?
(I had books that I had bought five-six years ago and still hadn't read! So they got put in the giveaway pile.)
-If I was asked to give a booktalk to tweens/teens using only the books on my shelf, do I have books that I would want to share?
(Yes, I can always check out books from the library, but sometimes the books I want to booktalk aren't available and I like to have a stash at home I can pull from on short notice.)
I made two piles-books to take to work to share with my teens and books to sell/giveaway. I ended up with 46 books (and 4 of my husbands) weeded out of our collection. I'm feeling much more positive about my bookshelves right now and now I have room to buy the ones I fall in love with this year and want to own. Someday I'll have that Beauty and the Beast library, but until then, books have to earn their place on my bookshelf.
So how does a book earn it's place on your bookshelf? Do you keep everything you read or do you weed out your book collection?