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We’re moving in a couple weeks (the first time since I was 9 years old), and I’ve been going through my library of 3000+ books, choosing the books that I could bear to part with and NOT have to pack to move. Which made me wonder…

When’s the last time you weeded out your library? Do you regularly keep it pared down to your reading essentials? Or does it blossom into something out of control the minute you turn your back, like a garden after a Spring rain?

Or do you simply not get rid of books? At all? (This would have described me for most of my life, by the way.)

And–when you DO weed out books from your collection (assuming that you do) …what do you do with them? Throw them away (gasp)? Donate them to a charity or used bookstore?ย  SELL them to a used bookstore? Trade them on Paperback Book Swap or some other exchange program?

Donโ€™t forget to leave a link to your actual response (so people don’t have to go searching for it) in the commentsโ€”or if you prefer, leave your answers in the comments themselves!

93 responses

  1. I do not usually get rid of books but look at my post and see the reason why:


  2. Good question. Books are like old friends, but one only has so much room, so sometimes I have to weed out a few. My answer is here along with criteria to help decide what books should go:


  3. I’m not so good with the getting rid of books. Of course right now my books are living in two different countries.

    Here is my response


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  5. Great question! I probably need to get more serious about the weeding out process…


  6. One day soon I’ll have to think about this for real, and not just hypothetically! My answer is here.

  7. I’m moving house too!

    Here’s my answer.

  8. You’re supposed to get rid of books?!! Here’s my response:
    Bobbi’s Book Nook

    This is my first Booking Through Thursday and I have enjoyed it. I’ll be back next week!

  9. I don’t get rid of books often, but then, I don’t buy books that often- I usually abuse my library privileges!


  10. Happy Thursday all,

    3000+ books, omg, have fun getting through those. That and moving…. STRESSFUL.


  11. Hello everyone. Been a while since I did BTT. Here is my answer. Cheers!

  12. Good luck with your move and the weeding process, Deb. I can only say that I don’t envy you. Actually, I did say a little more than that: here.

  13. yay, the hard part when moving out to a new house is how you’ll keep all the keepsakes and prized possessions (books) intact. You have to take into consideration about packing them up and bringing them all over (if the new house is big enough) or ‘weeding’ them out as you say when you got a smaller place than the one you have now.

    It will be hard work for you with those thousand + books. I wish you good luck. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Here’s my BTT with a photo. ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Cool question! I’m a ruthless weeder. Here’s why:


  15. This is a good question. I look forward to seeing what everyone else does. Here’s my “weedy” answer:

    Lynne’s Letters

  16. I participated for the first time in a while this week – http://chikune.com/blog/?p=1698.

  17. Hi!
    Wow that’s a lot of books!! Good luck moving them to their new home. My BTT is posted at my place, Just Books. Have a great day!


  18. Depends on how ambitious I am at any given time as to what I do with my books.

    my blog is here:

  19. 3000 books. Wow. More than I have. And the hombre complains that I have a lot of books..meh! ๐Ÿ˜›


  20. Oh, my family and I just moved a few weeks ago too! It is always hard having to part with books, but sometimes it has to be done, especially when moving from state to state, like we just did. I posted a picture of myself in my new home library, as well as my response to today’s BTT question here:


    To Deb and anyone else who might be moving soon: Good luck with your upcoming move! And have fun! ๐Ÿ™‚

  21. I am ENVIOUS of the 3,000 books!!!! So jealous!!


  22. I just moved about 6 months ago.
    I’m loving my new house, I hope you love yours!!

    Mine’s HERE

  23. Wow, 3000 books??! Good luck with moving them all ๐Ÿ™‚

    Here’s my answer: BTT

  24. I just swapped a bunch on paperback swap. But I hate loosing a book because you let someone borrow it who does not return it.


  25. I don’t usually need to weed my books.

  26. Most get rid of ones that I rate “Toss” on reviews.

    Full answer is up. Happy BTT! ๐Ÿ™‚

  27. In which I discuss my own personal books and weeding in the school library: http://www.teacherninjas.com/2009/10/weeding.html

  28. Purging the first time was excruciating, but liberating – hoping for more of the latter and less of the former this time around: http://foliofiles.femmeflavor.com/2009/10/15/booking-through-thursday-2/

  29. I try to weed my books on a continuing basis. See how and why here.

  30. Been a few Thursdays for me but here’s mine.

  31. It is such a hard thing to decide which books to keep and which to let go. I usually only keep the ones I really really love and know I want to read again. The others find their way to other readers:


  32. Oops, sorry! That link was to the wrong post! Here’s the correct one:


  33. Excellent question. Here is my answer.

  34. Not only Unruly, but also BRUTAL! I’m a weeding fanatic. Sort of. Sometimes.


  35. justabookreader

    Yes, I admit, I weed, but not because I want to and certainly not because I like it – http://justbookreading.com/2009/10/15/booking-through-thursday-3/

  36. I’m doubting any of us are very good at getting rid of books


  37. Throw away books? GASP! Such dirty words! I could never!

    Happy Thursday all!


  38. Happy Thursday all! Great question this week. Here’s my response:


  39. Here’s my response as a first timer. I’ve got to say this was a stunningly appropriate question.

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  41. Good luck moving with all those books!

    Here’s mine!

  42. I never get rid of books voluntarily: my BTT on escape through the pages.

  43. I’m late. Better late than never.
    Here’s mine. ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. I’m pretty much in the “Not Get Rid of Books. At All.” camp. I just can’t! I become WAY to emotionally attached to my books… ๐Ÿ™‚

    I participated in a Book exchange once, and brought 3 books I had read, didn’t really like (disclaimer: not that they were bad and thus I was bringing crap to the exchange *gasp* No they just weren’t my type, and it just proves it when I took one out and one of the girls exclaimed “Oh that’s such a good one!” heh), and would never ever read again. And I felt a huge twinge. It felt wrong. I came back with 3 new books to read, that looked really, really good – yet I still think about those 3 books. Hmm.

    I would do it again, though… if I can find more books I’m willing to part with. ๐Ÿ˜›

    For the same reasons, I haven’t been able to really look into digital books yet. I love the idea, I think it’s great, and love how green-friendly it is. But there’s something about holding a physical book, feeling it’s brand new-deness or holding a used book knowing you’re giving it a second (or third or fourth) life, of smelling the pages…

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