Wednesday, January 31, 2018

2018 Goals: Cull My Shelves

"Pile of Assorted Novel Books" from www.pexels.com
One of my goals this year is to continue to cull the books from my shelves. My bookshelves are overflowing and I have at least a dozen boxes of books in my basement. I’d like to end the year with no more books on my shelves or in boxes than I have now. I have way too many books to actually to count them, and I’m not organized enough to actually keep an in/out list to see if it balances, so I’m not going to measure this. Instead, I just want to see books flowing out of my house throughout the year.

There are several Little Free Libraries in the area, though most seem to prefer children’s books. I also have a circle of friends and family that I can offer my books to, though often these aren’t permanent purges. They seem to come back when my friends are ready to purge! My library holds a huge book fair each summer (a weakness of mine and a source of many of the books on my shelves). They are always happy for donations, though I recently learned they discard ARCs, so I won’t be donating these to the library.

I will keep a list here, updated each month, with books that have left my house. I probably won’t always remember to write them down, but at least I should be able to come back at the end of the year and see some progress. My goal is to giveaway at least a half dozen books each month, or 72 books. That sounds like a lot, but like I said, with book fairs and ARCs coming in, I’ll make that up in no time!

Here is my list:

January

This month -6 books
This year - 6 books 



You can follow the progress I make on all of my goals and challenges this year here!
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4 comments:

  1. Decluttering can be so freeing. I gave most of my books away because I had no space after my son was born. I exclusively read on my ereader now.

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    1. I'm reading a lot more on my iPad, but I still seem to collect a lot of books. I love book fairs!

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  2. I try to cull my shelves twice a year. I donate some books, sell others, and trade some with my book group. Like you said though, with new books coming in all the time it's a losing battle! haha... I have been curbing back my book purchases in the last few months so that has helped a bit.

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    1. I've tried trading with my book group, but none of them seem to be as addicted to books as I am, or at least, they are better about saying 'no' to filling their shelves.
      I've found myself actually skipping blogs and deleting emails from publishers at times when my pile starts seeming overwhelming!

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