Inspired by Liz' from Consumed by Books who shared how she decided to get rid of books she'd never read anyway in her blog post On caving in I knew I had to do something along the same lines. While I might not exactly be on a book buying ban, I at least started to think more wisely about books I purchase. I'm walking a fine line between wanting and needing and so far I've been a very good girl. Unfortunately though, that doesn't mean that my TBR stacks are on the decline though.
Admittedly I have started to look at some of the boxes filled with TBRs in the past weeks and deep inside I knew that there are plenty of books I will probably never read. Most were bought on a whim when I went a little crazy buying used books on Ebay last year. We're talking several sets of €1,-/10 books so who was I to resist even if there were only two or maybe three books that actually interested me. I kind of figured the rest would be great too, but as it soon turned out, a lot of those extra books were just fluff.
Long story short, now this huge box sits here (to my left, only two steps away from my computer desk) and it's being used as a, uhm, side table, sort of. A resting place for stuff like a Christmas themed Mickey Mouse, a box of Mon Cherie chocolates, a belt I never use, some scarfs, plus a whole lot of shirts that have been waiting for at least a week or so to be finally folded and put into the closet. But I digress.
The point is ... if reading those books (or most of them, anyway) seems more of a bother than fun, I should seriously throw them out. And, believe it or not, I did it. I rummaged through the offending box and recovered a selected few books I really want to read one of those days.
The rest? Out.
And if you risk a glance at the photo, you'll have to admit that I did quite a job on my book purge.
Of course I then updated my library on LibraryThing and squinted on the number of unread books too. Still an awful lot, is all I'm saying. But, and that's the important part, lesson learned. While I still go overboard with all those free eBooks that come my way far too often, those won't take up any physical space. I am way pickier with physical books these days and will only ever buy those I know I will read. And now, off I go to finally make the number of TBRs drop under, uhm, threehundred ...