Today’s MUSING MONDAYS is about the giving & keeping of books!
If you keep your books, where do you keep them? And, if you give them away, who do you give them to? Do you participate in Bookcrossing, BookMooch, PaperbackSwap, or the like? Do you give your old books to family & friends, or donate them? Are any of your books in storage due to not having enough space for them all? Or, are you one of the lucky ones who has their own “library”? Feel free to share pictures, if you have them!
I haven’t had the time to participate in any of my favorite memes, so I am making time this week, even if it means that I am getting them up a little late.
I used to keep all of my books. I think maybe I thought I was going to start my own library or something one day. But I kept everything I read whether I liked it or not. But living in an apartment in New York City makes you change your mind about space, and what is important to have around you. I had to make some choices if I wanted to have some space in my apartment so I went through all of my books and gave away hundreds. I was tired of the clutter and I wanted to surround myself with things that I liked and had a use for, and all of a sudden those things didn’t include books that I hated and would never read again, books that were only so-so and would never read again, and mass market paperbacks which I despise (purely for aesthetic reasons). After I unloaded all these book on my friends, my mother and the Salvation Army I decided to read through the remaining 300 books in my library and only keep what I absolutely loved. And in the process have added an additional 78 books that need to be read and deemed worthy or not worthy of keeping.
I give my finished books to my friends if I think they might be interested. My mom also gets a lot of them and the rest I trade. I used to trade heavily through Bookins, and now I use Bookmooch because while I have to go to the Post Office more it cheaper to buy the postage and mail myself than use the pre-printed labeling offered by Bookins. I keep my books on shelves in my linen closet. I had to find another home for my sheets and towels. And I also have a bookshelf and keep them in the shelves at the tops of my closets. I keep the books that I am reading or that are soon to be read on my windowsill.