Before starting this challenge, I don’t think I ever considered myself a book hoarder. My “itty-bitty living space” and OCD-tendencies have prevented me from accumulating a lot of physical books (it’s hard for me to double stack books on my shelf). Now my e-books, that’s a different story! My right finger can’t resist a FREE book. I cannot believe how many e-books I’ve accumulated. According to Calibre, I have 101 unread e-Books.
Now I will admit that I have way more e-Books than that, but I decided that I needed to make some choices because honestly there were books I was never going to read. Or books that I had tried reading, but never finished. So I created 2 additional Calibre libraries, one for my Read books and one for my Abandoned books. I have 99 read books—not bad. Then I moved 17 books to Abandoned.
Next I took advantage of the Collections feature in the Kindle app on my iPad mini and created collections of the same kind there (to-read, read and abandoned). Now it’s a tad easier to see the books I truly would like to attempt to read at some point. 101 still kind of freaks me out, but I’ve made progress in learning to let go.
Sorry, couldn’t resist.
Since I made some great progress with my electronic collection, I decided I need to make some choices about the books on my physical shelf. Here are the books I’ve decided to say good-bye to.
Reflex by Stephen Gould
Hated Jumper the movie. Loved Jumper the book. Hubby read Reflex, the sequel. It’s been on my shelf for ages. I think it’s time to let go. I’m not interested in continuing Davy’s story.
Invasion by Mercedes Lackey
I was really into City of Heroes and I miss it a lot. But this a novelization of the game…eh. It was a gift. And I don’t need to relive the nostalgia of the game I loved do dearly. Time to let go.
The Ruins of Ambrai by Melanie Rawn
Um, not sure how this even ended up on my shelf. But goodness, it may have been 2008 when my friend purged her book collection when she moved and let me go through the books she didn’t want to truck across town. Maybe she wants it back?
Through Time by Andrew Cartmel
I’ve read about 43 pages of this one and never picked it back up. The bookmark is a movie ticket from September 2014 (Cowboys and Aliens, if you wanted to know). I think it’s time to send this one back to the TARDIS library or donate it to the charity auction at ICON 40.
The Carrier of the Mark by Leigh Fallon
I was just getting into tracking my reading when this blew up in the blogosphere. I hunted for a copy and found this ARC for sale (now I know that you shouldn’t do that!). The receipt says 2013. I think I wanted to read it to be a part of the It Crowd. Now I look at it a go, Meh.
The Emerald Tablet of Amun Ra by Joshua Silverman
I won a box of random books from a blogger and this was the only one I kept. Ancient Egypt is a soft spot of mine. Looking at the book now I see it is a series and it’s long. The blurb doesn’t grab my attention any longer.
The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue
A find of my husband’s. He read about thirty pages and said this is more my speed. It’s been collecting dust ever since. I need to learn to tell him no sometimes.
The Cozy Chicks Kitchen
Another blog win. I’ve been meaning to page through this one. But it’s small size, lack of pictures and inability for it to lay flat when you are trying to make something turn me off.
The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World by Susan Veness
Yes, I’m a Disney fan, but I’m not a fan of reading books about the parks. It’s not the same as being there. Sorry, Hidden World, you are not Orlando.
A Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper
This was recommended to me by a bookseller at The Red Balloon in Saint Paul. I started reading it, didn’t connect and put it down. I almost took it to Half Price Books and at the last-minute saved it from the to-be-sold-pile. Every time I look at it, I think, “Why did I keep you?” Looks like I got 122 pages in and never picked it up again. Adios, Montmaray!
I’m taking The Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix and Living Longer Than Hate by C.S. Ragsdale off my shelf as well. However, I own a lot of stuff by Nix so this one will stick around. I tried reading it. It was confusing and too military focused for me so I never picked it up again. Ragsdale’s book is signed and is non-fiction work of a Holocaust survivor, Bill Morgan, whom I met in college. So I won’t be able to part with it either. All the other books I pulled will head to Half Price Books or I’ll send them along to my sister to see if she has an interest in reading them.
Strangely enough this purge wasn’t as difficult as I thought. It was freeing and now my physical bookshelf is looking a bit more open.
How about you? Do you ever go through the you physical TBR pile and purge books that no longer appeal to you? What justifications do you make to save a book vs. getting rid of it? What do you do with the books that don’t get to go back on the shelf? What hard decisions have you had to make as a book hoarder?
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Check out all the books I’ve read that have counted towards the #ShelfLove Challenge.