Musing Monday: Keeping Books

Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by Just One More Page.

Today’s Musing Mondays post is about keeping books.

Do you keep all the books you ever buy? Just the ones you love? Just collectibles? What do you do with the ones you don’t want to keep?

Until very recently, I kept every single book that I had ever bought or received.


This included all of the books I needed for university, all the books I bought to read starting from when I was a small child, and any book that a friend or stranger sent in my direction. The most recent large addition was about 10 bags of books from a friend who moved last year.

When I finally got around to cataloguing my books a few months ago (see the full list here), I realized that I had a few hundred books that I’ve never read. A large-ish number of those are books that I probably never will read, because they weren’t things that I bought for myself, but were rather donations that came along with other things that I will read one day, if I haven’t already.

In light of this, I’ve started finding ways to weed my collection a bit without disposing of books outright. I donated a set of Bleach (a manga series) to my school library, and am starting to send some of the other books to people through BookMooch. This way, I’m paring down my collection to make it more specific to my interests, while continuing to work towards having my own proper library one day.

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