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What do you do with books you've read?

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nkf Wed 19-Aug-09 22:46:50

I keep most of mine and they are beginning to take over the house. The bookcases are two deep and we are still running out of space.

Shall I just try to toughen up and bin some? I always think I might want to re-read them.

Quattrocento Wed 19-Aug-09 22:50:14

I had a thread on this once.

Purge some - get half a dozen big cardboard boxes and decide that you will fill them - then take to the charity shop of your choice

It's difficult though, to work out which ones to ditch.

Any book that hasn't been read in the last ten years has to be a contender for the purge

FiveGoMadInDorset Wed 19-Aug-09 22:50:57

I toughened up last year and ahve started to rebuy blush There are some that I will not read again cos they were awful so will maybe chuck them in the book thingy which you set your books free but can't remember the name.

brimfull Wed 19-Aug-09 22:52:12

I am planning a cull some time soon.

teamcullen Wed 19-Aug-09 22:52:27

If its a book I will read again I will keep them. But most I pass on to friends and family. I always think Im commiting a sin if I throw books out.

Have you thorght of doing a car boot sale or passing them into a charity shop. smile

YanknCock Wed 19-Aug-09 22:52:48

Sell on Amazon. DH and I got rid of loads this way, and made a little bit of money (we are always skint, so it helped).

nkf Wed 19-Aug-09 22:55:55

I take the quick read books to charity shops. Often I buy them from there as well. It's the other stuff. The good books that I loved but bought so long ago that they are getting a bit yellow. Or the recent hard backs.

nkf Wed 19-Aug-09 22:56:56

Something has got to live though.

Hardest of all is children's books. Even the stick bashed about picture books bring back such lovely memories.

angrypixie Wed 19-Aug-09 22:58:07

http://www.bookcrossing.com/

I release my books into the wild. It's fun, and weirdly addictive.

pipsqueak Wed 19-Aug-09 22:58:24

charity shops or readitswapit.com is good and quite a nice community feel thing to it - basically you swap with others chosing from each others lists and wiht no obligation to swap if you dont fancy any of the other persons books - costs about £1.50 - £2.00 to post the book

FiveGoMadInDorset Wed 19-Aug-09 22:59:45

thank you angry was trying hard to remember what it was called. Will be sorting my books out this winter to do that.

RumourOfAHurricane Wed 19-Aug-09 23:01:35

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angrypixie Wed 19-Aug-09 23:06:59

I'm so pleased 5gomad it's fun when your book is found and you can follow it's journtey. A very friendly community too.

angrypixie Wed 19-Aug-09 23:07:21

oops journey

nkf Wed 19-Aug-09 23:10:13

Had a quick look at bookcrossing.com. Do you leave the books someplace? How do you track its journey?

MarshaBrady Wed 19-Aug-09 23:10:37

Keep the classics, the ones that look nice and your favourite authors.

Charity shop for the rest.

NumptyMum Wed 19-Aug-09 23:12:16

give it back to the person who lent it to me grin.

angrypixie Wed 19-Aug-09 23:17:49

nkf you register your book online and it gets its own reference code. You then release the book either in a recognised bookcrossing zone (OBCZ) or more often on a park bench, street corner, coffee shop etc. When/if your book is found the person who finds it goes to the website and enters the code. You get an e-mail from bc to let you know your book is traveling.

It's silly, harmless and lots of fun!

angrypixie Wed 19-Aug-09 23:20:04

I got into bookcrossing when I found a book on a postbox in a street and went online to register the find. It was all very exciting wondering just who had left the book for 'me' to find.

CristinaTheAstonishing Wed 19-Aug-09 23:21:24

Charity shops for ours.

babyOcho Wed 19-Aug-09 23:21:55

no-one ever picked up my books when I did bookcrossing.

I take the trash books that I would never read again to the local charity shop, or give them to the local library.

nkf Wed 19-Aug-09 23:22:26

So somehow it's obvious that the book you've just picked up in a coffee shop is a Book Crossing book? It sounds great fun.

IOnlyReadtheDailyMailinCafes Wed 19-Aug-09 23:24:12

I took part in bookcrossing ages ago and should try it again.

I have had some major culls and also created a reference library in my classroom using many of my books. I still have tree bookcases in the dining room , a shelf in the kitchen , some of dp's storage in his office and will need a bookcase in our bedroom.

Like 5gomad though I cant stop buying new books, I probably have more non fiction which I still read, refer to. The fiction ones all remind me of the time I read them, they are part of my history.

angrypixie Wed 19-Aug-09 23:27:05

Yes NFK you stick a big label on the front.
It is fun.

Sorry to hear that BabyOcho, I'VE had about a 1 in 5 pick up rate from wild releases, much higher from a bookcrossing zone.

LovingtheSilverFox Wed 19-Aug-09 23:27:42

I find that if I try to sort them out I end up keeping most, as I find ones I haven't read for a while! And then find series of books which are incomplete, and to fulfill my issue in that direction, start a huge Amazon buying solurge, to finish off the series!

I have to keep them, I feel to bereft if I start getting rid. I will need a library at some point, as books are now three deep in some areas! And a new DH as this one gets irritated (not a big reader himself unless it involves DIY research!). wink

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