Chrissi Chat: Unhauling Books

I don’t know whether it’s because I’ve been so busy with university and everything going on in my life right now, but I’ve got to the stage where…dare I say it…I just can’t be bothered with some of the books on my bookshelves right now.

I know, I know. Bad bookworm. The problem is, I have so many books to read and so little time to read at the moment, that when I have time to read, I want to read something I really can’t WAITΒ to read. I have quite a few unsolicited review copies that I’m trying to get through and I just thought ‘Why am I bothering when I don’t want to read this?’ It’s the same with some of the books that have been waiting for me to read for over a year now.

So, I took it upon myself to unhaul some of my book collection. I’ve decided that someone else will get much more pleasure out of these books that are just collecting dust on my shelves. I always donate my books to a charity or some of my bookish friends! (Or my sister :D!)

How do you deal with your massive book collection? Do you ever unhaul or do you dedicate your time to all of your purchases/library books/review copies? Let me know!

30 thoughts on “Chrissi Chat: Unhauling Books

  1. I consider myself to be super ultra uber lucky that my house has floor-to-ceiling shelves in the basement. (It was actually a big selling point when I bought it!) I have three smallish bookshelves in my bedroom but most of the “I’m not going to read it anytime soon … but some day I might” books go to the basement. I know I SHOULD donate heaps of them like we’ve done with my son’s books when he outgrows them, but I might want to reread this that or the other at some point. (And don’t even get me started on ebooks! I have enough ebooks that I could read one a week for over 7 years without having to get a new one!)

    • Oh wow! You are so very lucky! I think I would hoard even more books if I had the space to. It’s good that you’ve got that option though, to keep those book that you might revisit at some point. Unhauling does feel surprisingly good though! Ebooks are dangerous because they barely take up any room! πŸ˜€

  2. At least twice a year I take about 100-150 books to donate to a local secondary school. It’s absolutely necessary for me to rid myself of these books due to space and pressure but I also really love that actual teens might pick up these books and discover news books, authors or series.

    • That’s so good Michelle. I bet your local secondary school is really grateful for those books too. From working in a school, I know how limited the budgets can be! I completely agree that it’s so important for teens to pick up these books and find new authors/series.

  3. I totally plan on doing this when I move out/in…I have a lot on my shelves which I won’t read again because they weren’t as good as I’d hoped, where the space can be filled with a book I love

  4. Usually every April/May and again in October, which seems to be the biggest release months, I go through my shelves and decide which ones can be taken off. Either I’ve read them and didn’t like them or will probably never read them. I either give them away to fellow readers in the family like you or they end up on bookshelves in the basement until there’s a book charity haul.

  5. I feel the same way about reading right now. I have so many books sitting there (staring at me from the shelf) and I just don’t feel like reading them. It’s hard to choose which book to read when you are so busy, but it’s worth it when you choose a good one. I un-hauled my books once last year. It was terrifying— I even wrote a blog post about it. But it was so worth it and I felt better afterwards. Good luck. Hopefully a library, used book store, or even a thrift shop will be happy to receive your books ❀

    • I think it’s worth it too. It’s too much pressure to be surrounded by books that you might never read. I know there are some that I purchased that I wasn’t sure about and really, should have never bought! They’ve gone now! πŸ˜€

  6. I recently tackled my book collection and ended up taking two bags full to friends in work, a few to my other friends, and some to charity shop. I decided that unless I was desperate to read the book, or to re-read others, there was no point keeping it in my shelves.

  7. I feel the exact same way. I’m trying to stick to my existing tbr-pile this year, but then I look at some of the books I’ve gotten (e.g. Amazon freebies or books I got cheap), and I’m like… eh. What do I do with them? I’m a mood reader, if I’m going to sit around and wait until I feel like reading them, they’ll probably never be read.

  8. I’ve been going through this same predicament recently. I just decided, to help de-stress my life and to make reading more enjoyable this year, I’m not requesting any more ARCs from Netgalley until I’ve finished reviewing the ones I already have, I’m going to cut back a little bit on library check outs (except I do want to borrow more audio books for my long work commute), and I’m working towards reading a big chunk of the books on my bookshelf at home πŸ™‚ So far, it’s working. The only book I’ve bought this year is a library check out that I loved (and the sequel because it is in a series). I’m also trying to make reading, and not blogging, my focus. It’s easy for me to get in that mindset of blogging > reading when really it should be the other way around.

    • That’s a really good idea! πŸ™‚ I think it’s totally important to read the books we already have rather than overwhelm ourselves with loads of other books! I’m trying to only buy books that I KNOW I will enjoy, not just buy books which look slightly interesting!

  9. I used to never get rid of books, but lately I actually enjoy pruning my shelves. I try to go through a few times a year and pull out anything I haven’t read (and probably never will), or books that I’ve read but don’t feel any strong connection to. I usually take newer books to the used book store for a trade-in credit, and then donate anything that they don’t want to the local library for one of their upcoming sales. We also have a book swap shelf in the staff lounge where I work, where people can leave and take books, so I often end up adding some there as well. I still have overflowing bookshelves, but this at least helps me make a big of a dent.

  10. I do take the time to unhaul my shelves, because I just don’t have a lot of shelf space. Sure, there are books that I will hold on to and never look back, but there are other books that I just feel “meh” about. I see a whole shelf’s worth of books that I want to get rid of, and I’ll feel better with a more free shelf. πŸ˜€

  11. I try to go through my bookshelves when I have a chance and pick off books that I plan on not re-reading or books I didn’t enjoy and were just hanging on for some reason. I usually drop them off at a secondhand bookstore, but sometimes I drop them off to charity and sometimes to my best friend if she’s interested. I am hoping to do a larger overhaul this year and really go through my shelves because right now I’m at the “just about” stage, lol.

    I don’t even know where to start with the physical ARCs I’ve accumulated in the last 3 years O_O

    Btw, it’s me from–finally made my url change πŸ˜‰

    • Ooh hello. I’m glad that you found me. I think it’s a great idea to check out and review our books every now and again. It’s refreshing! It’s so hard to know what to do with ARCs!

  12. I’ve been meaning to write a post on this too! I’ve noticed so many readers gasp at the sound of getting rid of books but I sort of weirdly love it, I always donate arcs once I’m done with them unless I really loved it, and any books I found okay or didn’t enjoy o to the charity shop too. Or to friends who like the sound them πŸ˜€

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