16 Aug

I have been collecting books since I was little. I have books in my parents’ attic that are for my child when I have one. I have the first scifi/fantasy collections I ever read, like Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time series and Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising series (don’t see the horrible movie). Could I ever give these up? What if they aren’t available when my child is old enough to read them (if my kid is even interested in those types of books)?

Here is a blog about becoming minimalist, and breaking your addiction to owning (not reading) books. Could I ever do this? I have been thinking of donating a couple of collections of my books to local groups where young adults are in need of books (such as juvenile detention centers). Here is a summary of her tips to whittle away at your book collection:

1. write down why you think you need to keep it (sentimental reasons)

2. go through your “still need to read” pile and get rid of books you haven’t read yet and it’s been over 6 months.

3. give some books to friends who might like it.

4. have one shelf for those books you would want if you were trapped on a desert island.

5. organize non-fiction by topic and see if there are any that overlap too much, and you can get rid of some

6. get rid of multiple copies (if you own hundreds of books, chances are you’ve accidentally purchased two of the same).

I still don’t think I could get my collection down to 20 books like the author of this blog did.

Breaking The Sentimental Attachment To Books | Becoming Minimalist.


Posted by on August 16, 2010 in books, me




  1. A Girl & Her Dot

    August 16, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I’m the same way I love books and I have a hard time parting with them. Donating them is a good idea!! I know the library will take books. I donated like three boxes a few years ago and the ladies at the library were giddy with delight!!!

  2. Redhead

    August 20, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    the only time i voluntarily part with a book is if I read it and didn’t like it. At that point it goes in the donation bin.

    if you asked me to whittle my wardrobe down to just the basics, I bet I could do it. If you asked me to do the same in my kitchen, I could do it. get rid of furniture and tchotchkes? no problem. Books? ain’t gonna happen. they are my babies.

    • harlsmits

      August 20, 2010 at 1:56 pm

      I totally agree. It makes me think of the first book I read but I didn’t like. I think it was the Pigman or the Pigman’s Legacy, one of those. I never finished it, and that was the first time I realized it was okay to not finish a book if I didn’t like it. But almost every book I read I love, and wouldn’t want to part with. So my shelves are overflowing. Oh well.


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