Musing Mondays via Tuesday


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.

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  1. That’s great! I too have to watch out what I keep and buy because of our apartment. However my husband is fairly indulgent and I have a lot of books.

  2. Nicole, I enjoyed your post as I can relate to the challenge of keeping a lot of books in a small New York apartment. The same goes with DVDs. I used to hang on to everything with the idea that I would re-read something, but then I came to the realization that I never will. Like you, I use to trade my books and DVDs for new stuff. I’ve tried some of the other sites too, but I found that has a better selection of more current books, plus I seem to get my selections a lot quicker than relying on someone else to supply the postage.
    One time I tried Bookmooch and never received the book I requested. They said I had to talk to the seller and they couldn’t help me … very frustrating. I’ve never had that issue with
    Lately, I’ve actually been trading a lot of my DVDs for credits to use for books, since I’m such an avid reader. I think I also enjoy hardcover books more than paperbacks, since they hold up better in my backpack.
    Glad to hear there are others out there who have caught the bug around trading books. I find it so easy and I love to find a new book in my mailbox when I get home from work.

  3. Brian ~ I agree with you about Bookins. They are the way to go in terms of convenience and they do help straighten out any issues that come up. When I have more time I tend to do the bookmooch thing and it seems like a lot of blogger do bookmooch, but in times when I’m short on tie, bookins is the way to go. it’s the extra money.