Wednesday, January 31, 2018

2018 Goals: Cull My Shelves

"Pile of Assorted Novel Books" from
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:


None given away











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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  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.

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

  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.

    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!