I have a confession to make: I don’t have thousands and thousands of books! I have many (according to friends, family and visitors) and it’s definitely a three-digit number, but I don’t have the gigantic amount that apparently lots of other bibliophiles have. There are a couple of reasons for that: I don’t have that much money, I use the library a lot, I read mostly in English but live in Germany and thus can’t just pop into the nearest charity shop for the next great bargain, I seem to move every 2-3 years. Usually, I envy people who have their books stacked floor to ceiling in every room, but it’s moving day again this Sunday, so at the moment I only feel relieved.
Nevertheless, moving always motivates me to sort through the books I have and finally get rid of those I haven’t touched or even looked at since the last move. Usually, it’s those books I bought only to realize that I already had a copy or it’s because of those damned book bazaars, which I simply cannot resist although they usually sell only German editions and I end up not reading those but acquire the English edition at some later point. (Assuming you don’t have the language problem I can see how thousands of books easily accumulate)
I gave a couple of paperbacks away on bookmooch and donated this small but heavy pile to a charity shop:
So there I was walking quite proudly towards the exit of the shop, only to nearly fall over a small box of English books someone else had given away only minutes before. Usually, they have about ten English books there at a time, all thrillers I don’t read or heavily annotated penguin classics that smell…um…dubiously? Just my luck that this once there were two keepers:
Surely two small paperbacks instead of a pile of heavy hardbacks will win me points with the movers (e.g. parents)!? 😉 At least I have photo evidence to make my case on Sunday, when the usual complaining about the books starts, as it always invariably does.
Do you spring clean your library or can’t you bear to part with any of your books?