I Organized My Books… Again

I did it again. I organized my bookshelves.

And when I say I organized them, I mean I was too tired to alphabetize them or put them in rainbow order or anything fancy like that. No, I just went through my books and got rid of some.

Yes, I’m getting rid of some books.

I know a lot of people think it’s a sin to give away books. And honestly, I don’t like to give away books. If only because I want a library in my future home as big as my local library. Still, there are so many books of mine that just collect dust that I’ve never read before.

I took all my books off my shelves (six shelves total between two bookcases). There were plenty of books that I have read before I said to myself, “I’m keeping that,” and immediately put it back onto my shelf.

There were a few books that I had to think about. For example, a few of them I read when I was very young. Would I enjoy them now? Probably not. But I kept them for nostalgic reasons and I’m sure, if I read them again down the road, I’ll still appreciate them anyway.

There were a handful of books that I didn’t enjoy, but I kept them anyway. I like to keep books I don’t particularly care for a few reasons. One, someone I know might enjoy it down the road. Two, if I ever re-read it I might find a new appreciation for it. And three, as a writer, I think it’s good to keep books you like and don’t like. It’s a reminder, in a way, and you learn how you want to write your own stories.

Pretty much all the books I gave away were books I bought years and years ago and never read. Reading the summaries now, I know I most likely will never read them. I’ve held onto them for so long saying that I’ll get to it and never do. Instead of them collecting dust, I’ll donate them to my thrift store or library and other people can put them to good use and enjoy them.

It’s always a good feeling to go through your books. You find a lot that you forgot about.

How often do you go through your books? Do you tend to keep every single one of them? Let me know in the comments below!

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29 thoughts on “I Organized My Books… Again

  1. I tend to keep books that have given me something – laughter, comfort, inspiration and so on. They have become friends in a,strange way. Always there.

  2. Great post! I really like your writing style. I struggle so much with getting rid of my precious books, but sometimes it must be done. Can’t wait to read more of your blog 🙂

    • Thank you! Yeah, there were definitely some books that I probably should have given away, but I put them back on my shelf instead, lol.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting! 🙂

  3. I actually tend to never go through my books. The first problem is because I still have yet to build my bookshelf lol. I look at it’s pieces laying there about once a day. I hate parting with books, however I may need to consider that instead of having literally piles of books just laying around my house.

    • I try to keep mine contained because I still live with my parents and sister, so space is limited. But when I get my own house, I’m sure I’ll be in the same position as you, lol.

  4. I struggle with getting rid of books but recently I’ve gone through my them and realised I’ve got a lot that I don’t really want anymore. Also I completely run out of room on my Bookcase, I have piles of books everywhere, so it had to be done!

    • I think that’s why I kept some I should have gotten rid of… I was running out of space and now, even though the shelves are still pretty packed, I feel like it’s naked, lol.

  5. I am proud of you for downsizing. I just finished book V of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower series,Wolves of the Calla. It is one of his best and my edition has poster quality full page illustrations. I am definitely keeping it. Most of my books I give to good homes of friends I know would like them or I put them in my Little Free Library in the yard I just put All The Birds in the Sky out there. Come on by and pick it up; it’s right up your reading alley. LOL p.s. You can stay overnight if you can stand 100 degree heat and an impending hurricane. LOL again, but no LOL!

  6. I often do book swaps and sales on twitter. You might have seen. People always tell me it’s awful that I sell books instead of giving them away but I don’t care. I use that money to buy new books anyway and the libraries here aren’t like the ones abroad. They’re commercial and charge exorbitantly to lend books out so I’m not necessarily donating to a good cause. I did give away some of my Enid Blytons to my school library and I’m regretting it now 🙁

  7. Reblogged this on H.Walker and commented:
    Hi ☺ I hadn’t sorted out my books for a long time but did at the beginning of the week. I am one of those people that struggles to get rid of books (I find everything else in life so easy to through away as by and large I can’t stand clutter) so I find swapping them with friends/local book swap shelves a really great idea. Although I do only tend to do this once I’ve run out of space and need a new bookcase 🙈 Hannah x

  8. i generally like to keep the older books, since some can’t be ‘found’ again easily. like Colin Stubbington’s Blood Price. can’t find a new copy of it – and used ones are also rare-ish/pricey. a near-obscure WW1 fiction that I felt was a good read, though somewhat straight-forward (practically cliche).

  9. I’ve started being pickier about what books I keep these past few years. A large part of it comes from not having much shelf space and the books taking over my desk! What I like about it, is having a bit of room for new ones from the bookstore =)

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