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!
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:
- 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?