Operation Panther: Critical Mass

It’s time to initiate Operation Panther – the super secret operation to clear out and tidy my book collection which has most definitely reached critical mass. I can neither confirm nor deny the influence of Operation Cobra from the Once Upon a Time tv show. Also? Please don’t judge the mess!


The single stacked


The floor stacked


The double stacked


The over-spill

I know you guys won’t judge me for my book hoarding but I’m told elsewhere that it’s a bit much. And honestly, I can’t say I’m all that interested in reading a lot of them. Whether I grabbed them from a charity shop “just incase” when I spied them quite cheap or they were sent over for review unsolicited or maybe something else I can’t currently think of, they do build up and it’s time to fix that. Even if only to make space for future lovelies.

What I’m thinking is to really go through them all. First, sort them into categories:

  • Read
    • Loved
    • Liked
    • Won’t re-read
  • Not read
    • Really want to read
    • Would very much like to read
    • Hmm.. maybe
    • Not too bothered

Then make sure I neatly shelve and arrange those that I’d like to read or re-read at some point. Next, put aside the books that I know I don’t need to keep. Then the tough part. The books that sound interesting but I’m not sure if they could be potentially amazing reads or general hoggers of precious book space. Once I’ve managed to sort them all out in this way I can work out what I can sell (we’re low on cash so this has to be a priority, I’m afraid, for non-ARCs of course), what I can swap, and whatever’s left over can be donated to a local charity shop. I know swapping isn’t a way to solve a space problem, but at the very least replacing an unloved book with a potentially loved one is more worthwhile than ignoring the problem.

As you can see, this is going to be a long and arduous and ultimately messy task! The two shelves nearer the bottom of my set of pictures are both double stacked, the top one single. And there are more elsewhere not pictured as well. So any tips? I need to be ruthless without throwing away something I might want to read in the future and kick myself for getting rid of now, and I need to be efficient, not spending weeks on Operation Panther and littering the bedroom floor for too long in the process.

Do you guys ever go through bookish Spring cleaning or are you more like me and prefer to cover your eyes and pretend that you don’t have a problem? ;)


  1. Oh my freaking goodness. Ok you take the cake for crazy stacking and overflow! I really need to get rid of some unread ‘can’t be bothered’ books as well. And some won’t rereads!
    Tabitha (@Pabkins)’s most recent post ..Review: Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

  2. This just looks normal to me! I did have a huge clearout of books I’ve had for years and never read. But I think half of those are still in bags waiting to be taken to the charity shop, because they’re so heavy. Plus weather has been awful and I don’t fancy walking up the road with them in the rain.

    If you change your mind in the future about reading a book that you got rid of, you can always pop to the library or get a cheap copy (I’m assuming they will all be available 2nd hand in paperback if they’ve been lurking so long).
    Ellie’s most recent post ..Literary Giveaway Blog Hop

  3. Goodness me! I did a big clear out just before we moved house so my collection is a lot more controlled at the moment. Plus, my many, many books are handily hidden in a range of boxes and bags throughout the house because we’re a long way away from decorating and furnishing what will be the study/reading room, which helps disguise the scale of it!

    I was pretty ruthless when I culled books before we were moving using a system that was basically “Do I want to read this enough to carry it in a massive box across to the new house?”. Also, there were loads of books that I had moved into our previous house back in 2010 and still hadn’t read so I took a load of those to the charity shop before we moved out.

    It’ll be awesome when it’s done!

  4. Definitely the latter. :) I’m quite lucky because I left most of my books at my parents’ house when I came to the UK (except for about 15 or 20 of them) so I “only” have 90-ish books at the moment.

    It’s a great idea, though. It’s just… so hard to get rid of them, isn’t it? *sigh*
    Vicky @ Books, Biscuits, and Tea’s most recent post ..Showcase Sunday #69 – The One with ALL THE GIFTS!

  5. Oh dear me, Han! :)) I wish you best of luck with the clearing! I never had an opportunity to hoard more than a couple of book shelves at a time and every time we move I get rid of half of my paperbacks. Well, my suggestion to you: sort out books into the piles you mentioned and stop accepting reviews for non-electronic books. Don’t remember if you have an e-reader but this might be a better solution in the long run. Selling you paperbacks might be worth at car boot sales or through Amazon UK but t will take time and won’t get you much money unfortunately *huge hugs, sweetheart*
    kara-karina’s most recent post ..Paranormal Fantasy Joint Review: The Line by J.D. Horn

  6. Yikes. Is this what I have to look forward to? Because I can only imagine how bad my stack would be if it wasn’t for my e-reader.
    Nathan (@reviewbarn)’s most recent post ..Giveaway: ‘The Anxiety of Kalix the Werewolf’ by Martin Millar

  7. I have to do the same. I just don’t want to tackle the task. But it has to be done.

  8. Oh my…lol! You know, I just did spring cleaning myself, clearing out all the boxes in storage. No surprise at all, most of them were filled with books and comics. We ended up donating/tossing away two boxes of books, and now we have two shelves full of books we haven’t touched since years ago, some of which I’m sure are now considered “vintage” sci fi and fantasy :P
    Mogsy’s most recent post ..YA Weekend: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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