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post #21 of 42
I have got ridden of a lot of books, but DH has 25-year-old textbooks that he insists on keeping. Arrgh!
post #22 of 42
I always am for getting rid of books, unless it is a book I am fairly certain I will read again.

If you EVER move again, you will be so glad you don't have boxes of books to move. I just see no reason to keep them. I rarely read a book twice.

But I am very pro getting rid of clutter. I just feel happier with less clutter.

I take mine to the used book store and trade them in for cash/credit.
post #23 of 42
We use several different libraries for pretty much all fiction and a good portion of our nonfiction reading.

Our city library has a branch a half-mile from our house, so we walk there frequently and we "order" (free interlibrary loan) books online to be picked up there within the city library system.

Our county library has a branch a half-mile from DH's work, so he walks there on his lunch hour and we "order" (free interlibrary loan) books online to be picked up there within the county library system. The county system is SOOO MUCH BETTER than the city system!!!

DD's school has a library and she borrows books weekly during the school year (year-round school).

DD's teacher has boxes of books available to his students for use during the school day. If DD liked any of those books, he would let her take them home. Instead, she prefers a different teacher's collection and she (the teacher) lets DD borrow her books whenever she wishes. All her teachers quickly discover DD's passion for reading and the fact that she takes good care of books. They have all brought her special books from their private collections at different points to enjoy.

When DD was younger, DH's mom packed our suitcases (and hers) with a collection of books from the older cousins whenever we visited (or she visited us). DD is the youngest of six grandchildren (and there aren't likely to be anymore at this point), so we've passed these along to friends and teachers and libraries as DD has outgrown them.

We personally haven't purchased all that many books for DD due to all of the above. She always has plenty of books in her bedroom to keep her happy and she LOVES to read!

DH & I also enjoy reading and we borrow most of our books from the libraries, as well. He purchases some reference books in his professional field (some are reimbursed by his boss). I preview some nonfiction books through the libraries and decide I want to own them, so I buy some (certain topics).

All of DH & I's books fit in a tall Billy bookcase in our family office -- neatly organized and everything. All of DD's books fit in her bedroom on shelves above her dressers -- neatly organized and everything. Hers are loosely filled because she also has meaningful items on the same shelves. We have a few "coffee table" type books in the living room along with our scrapbooks and photo albums in another tall Billy bookcase (just three small sections). We have the perfect blend of owned and borrowed books for our family.
post #24 of 42
sunnysandiegan, your home sounds lovely. I'm nuts for reading, and it's been my most favorite thing to do all my life, but we don't have that many books. I have all my favorites, and dd has many great ones (200 or so for both of us, I'd say; way down from the hundreds and hundreds I used to have!), but we will be moving cross country at some point soon, so I've tried to keep it to our favorites (plus a bunch of extra dd books that will be given to friends before we leave), and we can bring those with us. Then when we're finally settled for good, I'm happy to say that we'll have plenty of great books of whatever sort we want, and won't have to worry too much about whether to let certain ones go or not.

We also have a great library two blocks away, so it's a lot of fun to check out anything we want, or putting books on hold. I had to return Simplicity Parenting yesterday, as it was due yesterday! I usually get things back in way before they're due, but I couldn't renew it as it's on hold for someone else. I'll have to check it out again because I didn't finish it and it was -awesome-. A fantastic book. That's definitely one I want to buy someday for our house. Anyway, I'm totally off on a tangent here, but that's just how I roll when I happen to feel like posting. Just had to talk about it to folks who might understand, heh.. I love to read, I love books, and if it wasn't for the dust and breathing issue, I would have tons, even though I prefer a minimal amount of things in my home. Libraries are really great, if you've got one nearby. That is all.
post #25 of 42
Thanks Danidama!
post #26 of 42
I think that unless you could not ever see yourself reading something again (such as in the case of a novel you just absolutely didn't like and doubt anyone else in your family will either), then I would not get rid of ANY books. As you pointed out, your library could get rid of it. You could also need a particular book and not be able to make it to a library. There are all sorts of reasons why it's nice to have your own copy of something.

I guess I'm of the mind that books are one of those things you can't really scrimp on. A family can get by with only a few outfits each, or only a few toys each, or only the bare essentials in the kitchen, etc. But books? You can really never have enough, IMO.
post #27 of 42
I once had quite a large collection of books but we moved so I gave most of them away. I went from 8 large bookshelves full to 2 shelves on 1 bookcase.
I kept 3 of my anne rice books because they were the last gift i received from my grandma. I have my complete edgar allen poe collection(in 1 book yay), a few books on buddhism, cold mountain(my fave book), 2or 3 other non fiction books, 1 cookbook. My kids have 2 harry potter books, a few picture books and a few reference books. When he is done reading a book he sells it at half priced books and picks out a new one with the money he gets.
post #28 of 42
We have a huge amount of books in our house. I think we have 5 bookshelves in an 800 square foot home. Two of those are floor to ceiling. We keep mostly referance books in our house. We have audobon/ nature feild guides including weather, mineral, mushrooming books. Another shelf is referance books like dictionaries, atlases, language dictionaries. We have a section of Boy mechanic activity type books for the boys and a basic section of craft referance books. I have my own shelf of herbal, medical, anatomy stuff with encyclopedias for natural health remedies... oh, and a cookbook shelf! We have another of Country living, foxfire , survivalist stuff. My hubby has a bookcase of academic and religious texts as well as classic literature. These is our pared down collection of often used and referred to books. The boys have a shelf in thier room with thier own books that we go through every 6 months or so and give some to the thrift store and some to the consignment book store for credit. We have one shelf of books that we hardly use that is homelearning stuff... science experiments, fun ideas and games, curriculum ideas and art and craft ideas. We try to do a MAJOR household purge every year of books. Same theory as the kids room... thrift store for some, bookstore for credit for others.
Plus we have about 50 books out at a time from the library. Sigh. Talk about attachment!
Books are really one of the few things that I don't feel too guilty having too many of though!
post #29 of 42

I used to have books everywhere. Now I am down to 1 tiny shelf for me and 1 for my kids. DS LOVES reading so we mostly check books out at the library but there are a few that he loves so much that I just decided to buy a copy. My little DS has 3-4 board books. I have a few books that were gifts from my grandmother, My Dhammapada, a few green clean books and a copy of my 2 favorite books.

 

It was hard at first but then it got easier and now I regularly purge because even though I only have a few books.....nothing stops me from picking up more books at the thrift store for .50. lol

post #30 of 42

 I have a lot of craft/Waldorf type books, herbals, a few textbooks and study materials (I still need to take another set of exams for my advanced credentials).  We have  a basket and 2 shelves of little kid books, and a larger bookshelf of bigger kid books.    I've decluttered most novels except those I read again and again (Clan of the Cave Bear series, Outlander series, Eragon series).  My opinion is similar to Village Mama's, I can get by with 3 pairs of pants, but I need something new to read all the time!

post #31 of 42

I've always been attached to turning paper pages and all, but I am really pondering more simplicity lately and I just gave away 50% of my books --- books like "The Scarlet Letter" that I know, realistically, that if I want to read again, I can get from the library (or free on the kindle).  Also, if I hadn't read it in the past 6-7 years, out it went.  If I hadn't used any recipes _ever_ from cookbooks...out they went.

 

I gave myself the 6-7 year mark on all my old classics, etc., since that included time before kids, when I had days and days to just simply spend reading.  :)

 

 

It has really been liberating, and when I look at my shelves now, I see the books that I truly love and read over and over.  It makes me happy.

post #32 of 42

I have too many books, according to DH. I have culled many, many books over the years. I used to buy books all the time, but now I only buy maybe one or two a year, and then I try to pass them on. I do have certain books that I read over and over again. There are some books that I have read over a hundred times, just because I enjoy the story so much. I just love books!!love.gif

But they do take up lots of space, and they really are a pain to move. We have moved several times in the past four years and every time, my book collection gets a bit smaller. My brother was going to get me a Kindle for Christmas, but I vetoed that idea. I like real books, maybe someday I will change my mind, but I like the paper!

post #33 of 42

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I love books but they are something I've decided to de-clutter and have pretty much done so. I hate the look of bookshelves filled with books (and dust!) anywhere except for a designated reading room and since I don't have even a chance of having a house with enough space for that around here I just started de-cluttering them. One thing that helped is moving, and another thing that is helping me now is that I buy almost all of my books on Kindle (on my iphone), because it saves me $ and space. I don't really miss books as paper much.

 

I am the same, hate the look of bookshelves cluttered with dusty books. However I also hate to part with most of my art books. I love books about art, art history, and crafts.

 

I found it much easier recently to get rid of many of children's books, ones that they are no longer interested in, they are too old for, etc...

 

Since I got my Kindle, I love it, I have 80 books on there, and just imagine how much physical space those 80 books would take up, plus the paper comes from trees, so I feel better from a number of aspects about having a Kindle. I know that there are still many books one can't get for the Kindle, but at least it is helping me reduce clutter and it is making me read more than I used to!
 

post #34 of 42

 

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 I can get by with 3 pairs of pants, but I need something new to read all the time!



Yes, exactly!

 

I struggle with this issue as well.  DH and I have pared down our collection considerably, but I'm the type to re-read favorite books again and again (and again!).  My favorite series is 6 books, 600 - 900 pages each, and I think I've read the series at least 6 times.  The books I know I will read again still live with us in an antique, leaded glass bookcase in the living room.  It has 6 shelves and is nearly 5' tall by 3.5'' wide.  I got rid of anything that was not an applicable reference book or magazine, but kept a 30 year collection of Mother Earth News magazines given to me by a friend.  Those and my food/homesteading/gardening books are on a smallish 3-shelf unit in the spare room.  We also have a collection of classics accumulated over the years.  Those are in a small 3' by 3.5' antique shelf given to me by my aunt.  DS's books are in a built-in bookshelf in his room.  We don't have many yet for him, since he still mostly just wants to flip pages and chew them, but I'm sure we'll end up with quite a few.  Right now, we probably have 250 books in our adult collection and 30 in DS's.  We also use the library quite a bit, DH more than I.

 

DH got me a NookColor e-reader for my birthday/Christmas this year.  I'm reading my first book on it now, and I don't really miss having an actual paper book in-hand.  That said, I'm not going to toss my collection and buy the ebook versions to save space.  I might donate some of the more obscure classics that I haven't yet read, since I know I can get the ebook versions for free if I should ever decide to read them.  I doubt that ebooks will ever replace the paper ones completely, but I can say that I'm not going to miss hauling a bag full of books to keep my happy on road trip vacations!  I'll probably buy most fiction on ebook now and reference/non-fiction books on paper. 

post #35 of 42


Completely OT, but I'm trying to guess the series.  lol.gif  Is it the Outlander series (or wait, she has 7 so far, right?)?  Or ...Margaret George's books?

 

Help me out.  I'm going to be thinking about this today!
 

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My favorite series is 6 books, 600 - 900 pages each, and I think I've read the series at least 6 times.   

post #36 of 42

 

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Completely OT, but I'm trying to guess the series.  lol.gif  Is it the Outlander series (or wait, she has 7 so far, right?)?  Or ...Margaret George's books?

 

Help me out.  I'm going to be thinking about this today!
 

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My favorite series is 6 books, 600 - 900 pages each, and I think I've read the series at least 6 times.   



Well, it would probably help if I'd been accurate; it's actually two trilogies, "Dragon Prince" and "Dragon Star" by Melanie Rawn.  And then after I wrote that, I started to wonder if maybe the Sword of Truth books by Terry Goodkind were really my favorites...  I think it's a toss-up between the two.

 

And thanks for reminding me that I wanted to read the Outlander books.  I've heard a lot about them, but never read them.  I'm adding them to my NookBook wishlist as I type this!

post #37 of 42

Oh, I'm so excited for you.  :)  The Outlander series is one of my favorites.  Enjoy.  :)  They were books that I ignored my kids to read:  Here kids, here are some new Legos!  Mama is going to read for an hour.....play nicely.....

 

You didn't need to be accurate.  ;)  I just always wonder which books people like to read & it was like you were giving me a clue...hmmm....6 book series....900 pages....  which one?

Fun!

post #38 of 42

I have accepted the fact that I NEED a nook... 6 months ago I was totally against the idea of reading electronically, hated the idea of something like a Kindle, Nook, Sony E-reader etc but now I think I've finally turned the corner.  I still dont like the Kindle because I can't download library books to it but Im slowly falling in love with the NOOK.  NOOK will accept library books, NOOK is backlit so I can read in the dark and I spent tons of time playing with NOOK at barnes and noble (oh gosh that sound so dirty lol)

 

So I may be turning the technology corner and taking the plunge into the giant world of NOOK sometime soon.

 

 

As for books my son just got rid of 32 books via holiday helper.  He has way more to go!

post #39 of 42

 

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I have accepted the fact that I NEED a nook... 6 months ago I was totally against the idea of reading electronically, hated the idea of something like a Kindle, Nook, Sony E-reader etc but now I think I've finally turned the corner.  I still dont like the Kindle because I can't download library books to it but Im slowly falling in love with the NOOK.  NOOK will accept library books, NOOK is backlit so I can read in the dark and I spent tons of time playing with NOOK at barnes and noble (oh gosh that sound so dirty lol)

 

So I may be turning the technology corner and taking the plunge into the giant world of NOOK sometime soon.


I was against them, too, for a long time.  I just thought they were silly and a gimmick.  And then the NookColor came out.  Since it's multifunction (internet and e-reader), I had an easier time justifying the price tag...  If I'm going to spend $150 on a reading gadget, I will happily shell out another $100 for a backlit screen, Pandora radio/mp3 compatibility, Android apps, ability to load photos, and internet access. Plus, ebooks are generally cheaper, and I tend to buy a LOT of books.  I can read in bed without turning on a bedside light and bothering DH.  I can take my entire library with me in a device the size of my journal.  And, I can buy or borrow books without ever leaving the house.  I'm seriously in love with this thing!

 

The only downside is that I'm terrified to read in the tub now!  I've never dropped a book in, but the fact that it's a $250 book...  Eek!

post #40 of 42

I have to admit I think I have an emotional attachment to real books.. My husband is trying to convince me that I should get an electronic reader or an IPad but I LOVE to have the actual book in my hand. When Im upset/exhausted/just out of sorts my favorite thing to do is pick up a book and read. I don't think an electronic gadget (ok, I don't like electronics in general) will hold the same comfort to me as a real book. Oh and I like the smell of books innocent.gif I love walking into a library or bookstore because I can smell the books, Im strange I know.

He is wearing me down a little though. Ill probably never give up my favorites. For me I dont' get as much out of things like scriptures if Im staring at a screen.. The Jane Austen set Ive had for years will probably always be here, the books that were my grandmas when she was a little girl will probably always stay.. Childrens books are my girls favorite "toy" they wouldn't be to happy if we got rid of them (although they regularly go through and tell me if they don't like/don't want to keep a certain book or set of books).

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