It is quite seldom that I read a book more than once (The Time Traveler’s Wife is a notorious exception, I have read it 3 times), so once I finish with a book, I just put it back on the shelf.
With more and more books that I bought or traded (at Bookmooch or swapped with friends), my bookshelves are literally overflowing. Now as much as I love books and I love to be surrounded by books, my home starts to look more like a warehouse than a real home. This is why I decided to finally (and painfully) let go of most of the older ones that will never be re-read anyway.
We have a church nearby called St. Paul’s church, with a small area dedicated to used books – a sort of charity bookshop. People bring their old books to them, and they sell to folks to want to read something new for very cheap – as in 1-2 euros instead of 5 and more. And this is where my latest batch of books (around 50 books in these two shopping bags below) is going for donation in just a few short hours.
While I’m sorry to see them go, I do want to reclaim the space in my home and I also realize that there are people who cannot afford to buy full price books, so they will be happy to get them for cheaper than at the store.
So what do you do with books after you’ve read them?