Let’s Talk Bookish: Unhauling Books

Hello and happy Friday 🙂

I’ve been home for just under two months, back in my childhood bedroom, and I’ve been laying in bed at night, staring at my shelves thinking “I should really unhaul some of these books”. I’ve not actually acted on this urge but that’s cause I’m lazy.

What I’m saying is that it’s pretty apt that this week’s topic is … Unhauling Books (Amber @ Escape Life in the Pages)

Prompts: How do you feel about unhauling books? Do you get rid of books often? Or do you hold on to every book you buy? How do you decide which books to get rid of? Are there any books you would never get rid of?

Let’s Talk Bookish is a weekly meme create by Rukky @Eternity Books and hosted by Aria @Book Nook Bits, and it’s where we get to discuss certain topics, share our opinions, and spread the love by visiting each other’s posts! If you want to join in the bookish discussion fun, check out the August 2022 prompts!

How do you feel about unhauling books?

I am all for unhauling books.

Is it sometimes hard to come to terms with the fact that you need to purge your shelves? Yes. Time, effort, and most importantly money went into currating your collection and I sometimes feel just as much guilt about getting rid of a book as I do buying it in the first place, but it’s such a necessary thing to do every now and then.

Not only are you making space for future books, but if you’e donating them to a charity, library, or even your friends, you’re passing those books off to somebody who could also enjoy them as much as you did, or maybe even more so.

Do you get rid of books often?

I literally just went on about the benefits of unhauling books but then here I am to say that no, I actually don’t get rid of my books very often. There is a reason for that though, and that reason is that I just don’t know what to do with them??

Like, back home I don’t have many reader friends. The only reader friend I do have keeps saying “yeah I’ll take them then give them back when you want them” and I’m there like “no, the whole point is I don’t want them back”. Other then that though we have one charity shop and I feel bad giving them a large influx of YA books when their regular clientele is a few decades past reading that genre.

We do have a library nearby but there’s is 99% spanish books and I don’t know if they’d accept donations anyways, let alone English books. I’ve been meaning to ask for a couple years now but my anxiety puts a stop to that every time.

Or do you hold on to every book you buy?

While I don’t unhaul books often I do unhaul them eventually. When I was back at home I was actually making a list of the ones that I’m just not feeling anymore and there was a bunch that I don’t forsee myself re-reading and could happily live without.

I’m lazy though and the 40*C weather only hightened that so the closest I got to unhauling was in my head. That’s my plan for the Christmas holidays though, to man up and take some to charity shop, pass some off to my friends, and maybe even summon the courage to ask the library if they’ll take them.

How do you decide which books to get rid of?

Ultimately it comes down to the ones I don’t see myself reading again, this is usually reserved for books that I straight up didn’t like but every now and then I’ll say goodbye to a book I enjoyed once upon a time.

Something I do need to get better at doing is passing on books that I haven’t read. Of all the books to unhaul this one hurts the most. It feels like such a waste because I spent my own money on those books but sadly, I’m just not interested anymore. I need to learn to reason with myself that if I haven’t read them after all these years, I’m probably never going to.

Are there any books you’d never get rid of?

Probably my big series collections like Shadowhunters and Percy Jackson that legit have entire shelves in my room dedicated to them. Not only has too much money gone into currating these shelves, but I’m also emotionally attatched.

Say what you will about The Mortal Instruments but those books were my childhood and I don’t plan on giving that up anytime soon. And Percy Jackson will just forever be my comfort reads.

Those are my thoughts and feelings on Unhauling Books. I’d love to hear your take, espeically to the question of what books do you never see yourself unhauling? Thanks for reading :))

Elli xx

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