Thinning the Home Library

One by one.
Book after book after book.
Pull off the shelf.
Read the title.
Check for an inscription.

Haven’t read it?  Give it away.  (A very small pile.)

A textbook?  Have I used it since taking the class?
Can I imagine turning to it for any reason?
Keep?  Give away?

An old favorite?
Remember the story.
Remember the person who gave it to me.
Remember why I bought it.
Remember how it made me feel or gave me hope or challenged my world view.
Remember.

Keep? Give away?
Have I re-read it?
Will I read it again?
Have I quoted from it?
Was it a gift?
Does it make me smile?
Is it a connection to someone I love?
Keep?  Give away?

One by one.
Book after book after beloved book.


 

We have to have our floor replaced (it’s become a safety hazard).  Every piece of furniture, including all the bookcases, will be moved at least twice.  So we’re clearing the bookshelves, packing books into boxes, and taking the opportunity to thin the ever growing collection of books.  – Teressa

3 thoughts on “Thinning the Home Library

  1. I. J. Khanewala

    An young niece asked me for a book which I’d read when I was her age. When she found it and sat down to read it, the pages which had turned brittle over decades began crumbling into pieces. Worse than giving a book away.

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    1. Teressa Post author

      What a perfect example of why it is better to share NOW! And another great reason to take advantage of the public library rather than buy a book I’ll read only once. Thank-you.

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