That's the understatement of the year. I'm a bit of a packrat by nature, and when combined with my love of reading, this turns into insanity. I don't even want to think about what the collected dust has done to my lungs over the years. Fortunately for my imagination (and maybe unfortunately for my health), I refuse to stop buying and keeping the books I love.
However, since becoming a book reviewer and winning books or receiving them for review, my scale for Books That Can Stay has changed. I've sold three bags of books (What? That's a lot for me!), and I'm preparing another bag or two. I've found so many new books that I love and have to get rid of some of the old ones that I thought I loved.
I have three criterion for whether or not to keep books:
- Did I love it? This is obviously the most important. If I didn't love it or it's not special to me somehow (got me through a rough time, gifted to me, etc.), then does it really need to be taking up space?
- Re-readability. Will I ever read it again? No? Probably not? Then get rid of it!
- Condition. This is the least important of the three, but if I'm vacillating based on criterion 1 or 2, then I consider #3.
What do you use to help you decide which books stay and which books go? How do you convince yourself to get rid of books that you know you don't really need?