I too, recently got rid of a bunch of books. Mine went to the library in a small town near me for their used book sale. The sale started Thursday and hopefully what I donated will make them a small bit of money. Yes, I did buy more! LOL Bot nearly as many as I gave them (and a lot of the ones I donated back came from their book sales in previous years!)
Maybe two years ago, I started re-reading my entire collection. I had saved a fair number of light-weight paperbacks, reference books, craft books, whole sets of things like Brother Cadfael, Sister Frevisse, older historical-novel series. Each book I finish, I think, "Will you really want to read this again?" and then, "Will you need your own copy to do that easily?" SLOWLY working the collection down.
I have always been a book accumulator, then I started on Ebay and really accumulated.
My husband has built bookcases in every house we have ever owned and a couple we were just renting.
I had to just make myself do something so I, gave a lot to a thrift store, and a lot, lot to our local library. In two years, we donated 9,000 books. Also, I took my daughter several boxes that were her books. I'm trying to keep my books down to what fits into my bookcase and I have to purge it often.
Same here. I've been buying books for decades. Some of the paperbacks were bought when they were .45 cents for new ones. Classic sci-fi, thrillers, military fiction, you name it and I've got it. Hardbacks too, by the hundreds.
I need to get rid of all of them. I can't see anymore to read a book, my reading is done online where I can make the print big.
It is hard to let go of a lifetime of books. You want whoever gets them to treasure them the way you did.
I buy books I feel certain I am going to want to keep/re-read whether they are fiction books ... which to me are like a visit with old friends when I re-read ... or non-fiction, in which case I know I will need to refer to them again. I do have books that I first read many years ago, including the first book I remember receiving as a gift as a child ... "Crazy Quilt, the Circus Pony" written and illustrated by horseman Paul Brown.
That said, I do have a limited amount of space for bookshelves so have really enjoyed the *convenient storage* with my Kindle. At this point, my fiction books all go to Kindle ... the art and horse reference books are the only ones I still buy in actual book form.
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