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August 24, 2009


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What are you going to do with the ones you clear out though? Why not trade them at the next Firestation swap for a donation to charity?

I did this last time I moved house - got rid of several bin bags full - books won as prizes, books that I'd been recommended (and foolishly bought, that's you Sarah Waters), lots (too much) of contemporary fiction that I was never going to read now that it wasn't contemporary. The local charity shops had a ball, I'm sure - though probably weren't as enamoured by the winnowing of my poetry magazine collection. All I can say is, good luck.

you could put them on greenmetropolis.com with donations to woodland trust as well as a little back to yourself for future purchases. May take some time to shift them though.

It may seem daunting now but you'll feel great once you can see space on your shelves again. Are you getting rid of more poetry mags? Which ones??

I've been getting rid of books too after years of resistance. Wish I'd done it sooner.

I know exactly what you mean. And i get rid I reckon of 300 books a year (I keep a list of what I give away so I don't go looking for it, so that's probably accurate). It's the big expensive gardening books that I get sent which trouble me the most - they must be worth £30 each at least and have such lovely pictures....

Adrian should reassure himself that there are plenty of funny people like me who are delighted to see obscure poetry stuff turn up in the local Oxfam shop... Have recently acquired almost all of Geoffrey Grigson like that.

If they are new books, have you considered making a charitable donation to the publishing welfare charity, The Book Trade Charity? The books could be collected/sent in bulk and would be re-sold at their booksales. The money raised could even help people who sent you the copies in the first place. Better still, set up shop at HC HQ for a one day booksale in aid of the Book Trade Charity? Just a thought...

Don't worry, the charities will do quite well out of this. My favoured one is Thames Valley Hospice who looked after a friend of ours in her final days. They have a few really good shops in Windsor with strong, and fairly priced, book selections so that is where a lot of them will be going.

I had to have a cull (through floods of tears--I exaggerate but you get my drift) when I moved house a year ago. I also solemnly promised my significant other (who isn't a book reader) that I wouldn't acquire too many more...


I go in phases. Sometimes I put books on Amazon Marketplace almost as soon as I finish them; other times I hoard. Lately I've been hoarding. But I've got a new strategy.
Now, when I finish a book that I know I won't want to read again, I simply give it to the next person I see who is reading. I gave ' The Piano Teacher' to the wife of a chemo patient as I finished it there. (This doesn't apply to books that I think are rubbish, as it seems unfair to inflict them on other people.)

We have severely limited storage space, so mostly operate on a once read pass it on system. Only very special or reference books we are likely to use over and over get to stay. The way I see it, if you get rid of something that you want to read at a later date you can always get it again. Good luck with the cull.

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